Gain research skills at this remote site, performing field work, compiling field data, analyzing data, and developing a summary report. The intern will also contribute to additional projects as needed. This position is intended to be an entry level position and expose the intern to a breadth of focus areas within the division.
The primary project will be an analysis of snowshoe hare distribution and habitat on Isle Royale. Wolf reintroduction on Isle Royale is ongoing and the park is interested in the cascading impacts of predation throughout the ecosystem. While snowshoe hare are not a primary prey of wolves, the population and distribution is expected to be impacted. Snowshoe hare density surveys were last conducted in 2017 when the wolf population was 2, while the current wolf population is 16. The field work will consist of hare density surveys (accomplished through hare pellet transects) and habitat assessment. The survey occurs early in the season, and requires extensive hiking and backpacking in remote areas. Field data collection typically concludes the second week of June and after this period the intern will enter and analyze data, make comparisons to previous surveys relative to predator populations, prepare a summary report, and present findings to Natural Resource Management Staff.