Ian Kaplan

Monarch butterfly populations dropped significantly over the past two decades — partly because they’re losing their main food source, milkweed. To help them survive, some people plant milkweed in their yards. But a new study suggests planting it close to farm fields may not be the best idea. 

Two Purdue professors will be at the White House next week to receive recognition for their work. They are recipients of the Presidential Early Career awards for Scientists and Engineers.

Entomology Assistant Professor Ian Kaplan says he was surprised to learn about the nomination and is honored to be recognized for his work on ecological pest management.

"People are familiar with insects that are pests, but a lot of species are beneficial. Whether they're native bees that pollinate crops or insects that eat other insects that are pests."