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Job Posting @ Perdue University: Research Technician in Monarch Ecology and Conservation

Job: Research technician in monarch butterfly ecology and conservation

I am seeking an individual who can assist with research efforts in the Kaplan Lab (www.entm.purdue.edu/ecolab) in the Department of Entomology at Purdue University (West Lafayette, Indiana) aimed at understanding the potential impact of pesticides on monarch butterflies. This research includes quantifying how neonicotinoid seed treatments from corn and soybean, along with other agrochemicals, affect monarch development on milkweeds growing near agricultural fields. Primary responsibilities would include maintaining milkweed plants, rearing monarch caterpillars, and keeping detailed records of developmental success (e.g., weight, instar, adult longevity, etc.). This position would be ideal for a recent graduate (BS or MS) looking to gain additional research experience before entering graduate school.

Starting date: ASAP, but no later than January 2017

Duration: This is a one year position with possibility of extension.

Qualifications: BS or MS in entomology or related fields (ecology, agriculture, botany). Preference for individuals who have prior experience with maintaining plants and rearing insects. Also, background in chemistry would be beneficial.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

If interested, please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references to Ian Kaplan at ikaplan@purdue.edu


Ian Kaplan
Associate Professor
Department of Entomology
Purdue University

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Happenings – NABA Spokesperson – Click here to find out more

Musician to Serve as Butterfly Association Spokesperson

Singer-Songwriter, Meredith Jones is teaming up with the North American Butterfly Association (NABA) to build awareness of butterfly conservation needs. Founded in 1992, NABA is a non-profit organization that promotes public enjoyment and stewardship of butterflies. Jones will help spread the word about NABA’s work and communicate the importance of butterflies as indicators of environmental change. Butterflies are sensitive to impacts from development, pesticides and a shifting climate. They are the proverbial “canary in the coal mine” for the health of ecosystems and respond to stressors faster than other animals. Butterflies act as an early warning system for degradation in addition to being major pollinators for a variety of plants.

During her upcoming tour, Meredith will share her passion for nature with audiences and highlight the enjoyment butterflies bring to her life. Also, a social media campaign is planned. Inspired by environmental causes, Jones understands the significance of pollution and other factors on people’s lives. Butterflies are a great way to introduce a new generation to the outdoors and raise the profile of wildlife viewing. Gardening for butterflies is therapeutic and can educate both urban and rural residents about larger issues. Habitat loss is the primary reason for declining butterfly populations. It is common for a butterfly species to rely on a specific host plant as the food source for its caterpillars. If the plant is gone, the butterfly is unable to reproduce.

Prairie species are rapidly declining due to historic and modern conversion of native grasslands. In the news, indiscriminate spraying to control mosquitos is killing butterflies along with bees in The South. Expanding knowledge about the role disease plays in butterfly management is of increasing importance. Of course, the status of the Monarch has been receiving a great deal of attention in recent years.


“Raising awareness about the environmental significance of butterflies is a priority for NABA and is a cause that deeply resonates with me.”

-Meredith Jones

 

To learn more about Jones’ music and her commitment to conservation visit her Facebook page or follow along on Twitter and Instagram.
The North American Butterfly Association (NABA) is a 501 c(3) non-profit entity headquartered in Morristown, NJ. The organization’s largest project is the National Butterfly Center in Mission, TX. Through an active Chapter system and engaged membership, NABA works locally to promote on-the-ground conservation work and institutes policy initiatives to further its mission. For more information visit http://www.naba.org. Connect with us on social media @NABAButterfly.