As the summer heat spreads in all directions, Juliana Chauca, who just finished her second year at Ossining High School, spends a lot of time doing her homework. But for Chauca, it doesn’t feel like work. She’s too committed. Sometimes she even gets lost.
Chauca is the researcher behind the Hudson Valley Firefly Project, which studies whether firefly populations are affected by human presence. Do things like using artificial light, mowing the lawn, and using pesticides make fireflies rarer? To find out, Chauca has embarked on a multi-year research project that relies on community science to gather data.