Rare Butterfly Intern

Posted 2 years ago by Amy Lambert

School(s) : Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, STEM
Primary PI Name : Amy Lambert
Email : lambea@uw.edu
Phone : 425-352-3703
Project/Faculty Website : https://www.uwb.edu/ias/faculty-and-staff/amy-lambert
Research Location : Location Varies
Project Goals : The focus of the Rare Butterfly Ecologist Intern is conserving the island marble butterfly, Euchloe ausonides insulanus Guppy and Shepard 2001(Pieridae). The island marble butterfly is one of the most restricted butterfly endemics in the continental United States. Island marble butterflies have been observed only on San Juan and Lopez Island in the San Juan archipelago. Due to increasing declines in population, the Xerces Society filed a petition before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for listing of E. ausonides insulanus under U.S. Endangered Species Act.
Student Qualifications : -Relevant experience in field biology; at least 3 classes in a related field is desirable, -Strong interest in conservation science and practice, butterfly biology and restoration, -Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers) and ability to use computer technology to enhance the quality of work; experience working with ArcGIS and statistical packages desirable, -Willingness and ability to participate in field-based research activities including butterfly monitoring and vegetation management in all weather and field conditions, -Ability to take organized and clear field notes, -Ability to work independently and in a team with minimum supervision, -Ability to communicate with others through emails and meetings
Student Responsibilities : Conduct science-based focused research to restore habitat and help recover island marble butterfly in alignment with research agreements with conservation partners (e.g., National Park Service). Actively participate in the island marble working group in collaboration with PI. The first working group meeting was in 2015 in Olympia. Develop, interpret and apply knowledge concerning recovery and restoration techniques in collaboration with PI and island marble research team. Communicate progress of research and results of study to PI and to partners, through written reports and oral presentations.
Time Frame : Participate in team meetings and science-based literature reviews. Report writing (e.g., white paper) based on literature review. Introduction to the field and trainings on San Juan Islands. Monitoring and/or implementation of research design.

  • School(s) : Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, STEM
  • Primary PI Name : Amy Lambert
  • Interested? Contact Faculty Researcher by Email : lambea@uw.edu
  • Phone : 425-352-3703
  • Project/Faculty Website : https://www.uwb.edu/ias/faculty-and-staff/amy-lambert
  • Research Location : Location Varies
  • Project Goals : The focus of the Rare Butterfly Ecologist Intern is conserving the island marble butterfly, Euchloe ausonides insulanus Guppy and Shepard 2001(Pieridae). The island marble butterfly is one of the most restricted butterfly endemics in the continental United States. Island marble butterflies have been observed only on San Juan and Lopez Island in the San Juan archipelago. Due to increasing declines in population, the Xerces Society filed a petition before the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for listing of E. ausonides insulanus under U.S. Endangered Species Act.
  • Student Qualifications : -Relevant experience in field biology; at least 3 classes in a related field is desirable, -Strong interest in conservation science and practice, butterfly biology and restoration, -Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers) and ability to use computer technology to enhance the quality of work; experience working with ArcGIS and statistical packages desirable, -Willingness and ability to participate in field-based research activities including butterfly monitoring and vegetation management in all weather and field conditions, -Ability to take organized and clear field notes, -Ability to work independently and in a team with minimum supervision, -Ability to communicate with others through emails and meetings
  • Student Responsibilities : Conduct science-based focused research to restore habitat and help recover island marble butterfly in alignment with research agreements with conservation partners (e.g., National Park Service). Actively participate in the island marble working group in collaboration with PI. The first working group meeting was in 2015 in Olympia. Develop, interpret and apply knowledge concerning recovery and restoration techniques in collaboration with PI and island marble research team. Communicate progress of research and results of study to PI and to partners, through written reports and oral presentations.
  • Number of Student Positions Available : 2
  • Time Frame : Participate in team meetings and science-based literature reviews. Report writing (e.g., white paper) based on literature review. Introduction to the field and trainings on San Juan Islands. Monitoring and/or implementation of research design.