Simulating the implications of recreational disturbance on Karner Blue Butterflies (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Major Goals and Objectives

  • Assess how recreation influences the behavior of the endangered Karner blue butterfly at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Identify and predict the implications of such disturbance-related behavior on oviposition rate and larval host plant selection by the Karner blue butterfly
  • Identify and devise active management strategies and site designs minimizing recreational disturbance to the Karner blue butterfly at sites with existing populations and restored sites proposed for the species re-introduction

Research Information

Principal Investigator:
Patrick Zollner
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Purdue University


Patrick Zollner
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