|Julia is working this summer at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab.|
"Hello, my name is Julia Druce and I will be the 2012 intern with the Cape May Monarch Monitoring Project. For the past 3 years I've been working with various species of butterflies, ranging from from sulphurs to checkerspots, with a variety of researchers and research projects, covering molecular evolution to physiological ecology. I'm very excited to have the chance to learn about the ecology of the monarch, which is such an iconic and unique species! I find butterflies so fascinating because of the stunning amount of variation between species as well as within species. This makes butterflies a great system for answering diverse questions about how the natural world works. I'm planning on beginning a PhD program soon, hopefully studying adaptation and butterfly life history traits. Ultimately I would like to work as an entomologist at a museum. Other subjects that I am excited about include moths (especially tiger moths and hawk moths), the Arctic (which has its fair share of butterflies), and working sheepdogs."