Brigette Zacharczenko

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Contact Information

Mailing address:
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Connecticut
75 North Eagleville Road
Storrs, CT 06269

Office: TLS 473
Phone: 518-573-3091
E-mail: Brigette Zacharczenko

About Me

Science interests

  • I have always loved insects. When I was 7 years old I decided I wanted to be an entomologist... and look at me now!
  • I am most interested in systematics, evolution, and behavior of insects.
  • I enjoy blacklighting to capture moths, and rearing caterpillars in the lab.

Non-science interests

  • I am an avid crossfitter at Crossfit Storrs.
  • I have several pets including two rabbits, three snakes, one gecko, one salamander, and a bunch of guppies.
  • If I'm not at school or caring for my pets, I am probably sewing. Since 2007 I have run my sewing business, Weird Bug Lady, on I make plush toys of insects and other animals.

Places to find me on the internet

Weird Bug Lady
Facebook - Weird Bug Lady
Facebook - me


Ph.D. Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
2010 - present
University of Connecticut, Storrs

B.Sc. Applied Zoology
McGill University
Macdonald Campus


Invertebrate systematics, speciation, and developmental biology. Evolutionary biology of the noctuid moth genus Acronicta with a focus on larval mimicry complexes, and changes in morphology and behavior between instars.


Fall 2010: BIOL1102 Foundations of Biology
Spring 2011: BIOL1102 Foundations of Biology
Fall 2011: BIOL1102 Foundations of Biology
Spring 2012: BIOL1102 Foundations of Biology
Summer 2012: EEB4252 Field Entomology
Fall 2012: EEB4250 General Entomology
Spring 2013: EEB2245 Evolutionary Biology


Popular writing

Kaatskill Life magazine (2003 – present)
Popular nature articles and photography published in a quarterly magazine.
The “Learning about Kaatskill Kritters” section is written alternately by Brigette and Nicholas Zacharczenko.

Peer reviewed publications


CARCNET 2010 20th Annual Meeting at Acadia University
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, September 17-20
Canadian Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Network
Presented: Geographic variation in dorsal colour patterns in Fowler’s toads (with David M. Green)