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Continued Collection of Karner Blue Butterfly Genetic Samples for Global Climate Change Research Project
Midwest Region, July 19, 2012
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Jessica Kempke, USFWS, takes a wing clip from a Karner blue butterfly for genetic analysis on July 19, 2012, in Clark County, Wisconsin.
Jessica Kempke, USFWS, takes a wing clip from a Karner blue butterfly for genetic analysis on July 19, 2012, in Clark County, Wisconsin. - Photo Credit: Photo taken by Cathy Carnes (USFWS).
A female Karner blue butterfly rests on the insect tent used to comfortably house the butterflies after processing on July 19, 2012 in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin.
A female Karner blue butterfly rests on the insect tent used to comfortably house the butterflies after processing on July 19, 2012 in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin. - Photo Credit: Photo taken by Jessica Kempke (USFWS).

During July of 2012, Cathy Carnes, Jennifer Resch and Jessica Kempke of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Green Bay, Wisconsin, Ecological Services Office collected Karner blue butterfly genetic samples as part of a climate change study. Both Jennifer and Jessica are students attending the University of Wisconsin system and are STEP (Student Temporary Employment Program) students with the Service. Karner blue wing clips (for genetic analyses) were collected at two new sites this year in Eau Claire and Clark counties, Wisconsin, and at one repeat site located at Emmons Creek Fishery Area in Portage County, Wisconsin. This was the third year of collecting samples for this project. The climate change study is being conducted by Dr. Ralph Grundel of the U.S. Geological Service and Dr. Jessica Hellman of Notre Dame University to assess the impact of global climate change on the butterfly. The genetic study can assess several important characteristics of Karner blue populations and relate those to climate. These characteristics include genetic diversity, genetic variation, and genetic differentiation among the sample sites.


Contact Info: Jessica Kempke, (920)866-1717, jessica_kempke@fws.gov



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