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

Publications and presentations