Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Maine
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Maine Staff Member

Sarah Drahovzal

Sarah Drahovzal, MS Candidate



  • MS University of Maine 2013
  • BA Wittenberg University 1996


Sarah came to the Maine Unit in September 2008. She is from Tuscaloosa, AL and her interests include Wetland Ecology, Botany, Hiking, Running, Reading, and Printmaking.

Research Interest

I am studying the ecology and habitat requirements of shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora floribunda), the sole host plant of the state endangered Clayton’s copper butterfly (Lycaena dorcas claytoni). Little is known about environmental characteristics that affect the distribution and population ecology of this plant, which occurs in circumneutral fens in Maine. I will be studying characteristics of shrubby cinquefoil and the fen habitat at sites occupied by Clayton’s copper, as well as at sites that are unoccupied by the butterfly, but are apparently suitable for the host plant. The ultimate goal of this study is to better understand the ecology of the host plant in order to develop habitat management recommendations for the benefit of Clayton's copper butterfly.

Research Publications Publication Date
Drahovzal, S.A., C.S. Loftin, and J. Rhymer. 2015. Environmental predictors of shrubby cinquefoil (Dasiphora fruticosa) habitat and quality as host for Maine’s endangered Clayton’s copper butterfly (Lycaena dorcas claytoni). Wetlands Ecology and Management, DOI:10.1007/s11273-015-9427-1 | Download 2015-07-31
Presentations Presentation Date
Drahovzal, S., C.S. Loftin, and J.Rhymer. 2013. Environmental conditions of wetlands hosting the endangered butterfly Lycaena dorcas claytoni. Presentation at the Northeast Natural History Conference, 13-15 April, Springfield, MA. 2013-04-13