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8/6/2014 12:01:00 AM
Michigan professor will explain how butterflies "self-medicate"

University of Michigan professor Dr. Mark Hunter will explain how monarch butterflies self-medicate during a special presentation atnoon Wednesday, Aug. 20, at the Petoskey-Bay View Country Club.

The talk is a "Lunch and Learn" presentation sponsored by the University of Michigan Alumni Spirit Group of Little Traverse Bay.

Monarch butterflies are fascinating creatures best known for their epic, continent-spanning yearly migrations. Using monarchs as an example, Dr. Hunter will discuss how animals (other than humans) use plants - the great green pharmacy - to treat disease and parasites which threaten their survival. Monarchs self-medicate through their selection of certain plants for food and egg-laying.

Dr. Hunter is the Henry A. Gleason Collegiate Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. He received both his bachelor's degree and his doctorate from the University of Oxford in England. He is the founding Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Processes at the University of Georgia. He joined the University of Michigan in 2006.

His research interests include plant-animal interactions, ecosystem ecology, biodiversity, and population dynamics. Dr. Hunter is the recipient of many awards and has published over 130 research articles and written or edited five books.

The noon presentation by Dr. Hunter is open to the public. Cost is $20 per person and includes lunch. Proceeds benefit scholarships for incoming University of Michigan students.

To reserve your tickets, contact Wil Cwikiel by phone at 231-838-5334, or by e-mail at wcwikiel@harborps.org. Payments can be made in cash or by check payable to Petoskey-Bay View Country Club.

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