Erica Henry from NC State University is seeking two technicians for upcoming spring work on Bartram’s scrub-hairstreak and Florida leafwings in Everglades National Park and the lower Florida Keys.
Henry’s research focuses on how climate change and habitat management affect endangered species population dynamics. Specifically, working to understand the effects of fire-based management and hurricane disturbances on rare butterflies and their host plants (the plants the caterpillars eat).
The primary goal is to estimate egg and caterpillar survival across pine rocklands in fire units with fire histories. This work entails finding and following the fate of individual eggs and caterpillars, as well as some adult butterfly behavioral observations. Technicians will also help collect plant demography data in the park, re-sampling plots of tagged plants, as well as presence/absence surveys for host plants. Another part of the project takes place down on Big Pine Key in the lower Keys where Dr. Henry has a disturbance experiment with about 400 tagged host plants. Technicians are to make at least one trip to the keys to re-survey these tagged plants.
The field season will run from early February to the end of April, with the possibility to extend into May. Housing will be provided either in Everglades National Park or somewhere close by in Homestead. Compensation is $14/hour for 40 hours/week, but daily hours will vary.
If interested, please send a resume or CV, contact information for two references, and a cover letter detailing your interest in the position and any relevant experience to Dr. Erica Henry.