University of Minnesota Professor Karen Oberhauser was honored at the White House Tuesday morning as a Champion of Change for her monarch butterfly work and her role as director of the Monarch Larva Monitoring Project.
She was one of the White House Champion of Change for Citizen Science honorees.
At the university, Oberhauser researches and teaches conservation biology, insect ecology, global climate change and monarch butterfly population dynamics. Her “Monarchs in the Classroom” project for K-12 schools began in 1991, and she holds educational workshops for teachers.
Oberhauser, who is a professor in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology and Extension Specialist, said in a statement:
“I’ve called citizen scientists an ‘army for conservation’ for many reasons: they collect data with conservation applications, they often become stewards for local habitats, and they reach out to others about the importance of conservation.”
University President Eric Kaler said in a statement:
“Professor Oberhauser represents the best and the brightest in our faculty here at the University of Minnesota. Her work with citizen scientists, teachers and elementary school students exemplifies the deep importance we place on public engagement, which is a core part of the University’s land grant mission.”