Thermal Biology of Edith's Checkerspot Butterfly

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Currently, I'm investigating the thermal adaptations of Edith's Checkerspot butterfly. This project investigate the thermal tolerances of butterflies adapted to use different host plants.

I'm looking for an undergraduate research assistant for the spring semester (and possibly beyond). The position is unpaid, but there is the option of registering for research hours. Some weeks will be very low work, whereas other weeks will have a good deal of work. My schedule is very flexible.


No previous experience required, but a basic understanding of ecology and evolution is preferred. Previous molecular lab work is a plus.


The position will involve extracting butterfly DNA and preparing samples for sequencing. The position may also involve raising butterflies and using them in thermal tolerance experiments. Advanced undergraduates may be able to take on an individual project.


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