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Genome Approach for Noninvasive Diet Assessment of Mule Deer from Scat


January 2013 - December 2017


Goal: Use next-gen sequencing on scat samples collected from mule deer for a high-resolution diet assessment. Very little in known about the precise diet components for mule deer. In this study scat samples are collected seasonally to sample both the winter and summer range. Also collected over 2 years to have sampling in different years to test variation by year. Next-generation sequencing will be performed using primers specific for plants to determine all the plant species consumed by mule deer, seasonally (spatially), temporally, and in different years. If possible, diet variation among individuals will also be examined.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 247

Phd Students: 163

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 266

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 722

Scientific Publications: 1960

Presentations: 4355



Funding Agencies

  • Arizona Game & Fish Dept.


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