Mentor and lab: Chris Lay, Gizelle Hurtado –  Ken Norris Center for Natural History

Positions: 2 interns

Tentative dates: Summer 2023

Project Location: Main campus with some field trips to local Santa Cruz County sites where rare insects are found

Project Background: The Norris Center will sponsor 2 CAMINO interns to help create an illustrated guide to the rare insects found in Santa Cruz County. The project will involve learning general insect taxonomy while working with the Randall Morgan Insect Collection housed at the Norris Center. Through field trips to local sites and time spent curating the Morgan collection, our research team will work together to create a publication that highlights the rare insects found here, the habitats they live in, and the research and management done to protect these species.

Intern duties:CAMINO students will create scientific illustrations of insects and plant communities; help curate the Norris Center entomological collections; interview researchers and land managers charged with protecting rare and endangered insects; write text to accompany the illustrations; edit and format illustrations and text into a publication using desktop publishing programs (Photoshop, InDesign, etc.)

Intern qualifications:Applicants should have a solid background and/or some formal training in scientific illustration, interest and preferably background in entomology, familiarity with desktop publishing software like Photoshop/InDesign/etc., enthusiasm for interviewing researchers and land managers, and strong writing skills.

Do you recommend the intern(s) volunteer in your lab during Spring quarter?No, but we strongly encourage them to have taken a science illustration course such as ENVS 18- Introduction to Nature Illustration (or some equivalent), which is offered in winter 2023 and during summer session 2023.
If possible, please submit a link to your portfolio when applying.