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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: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 143

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1949

Presentations: 4261



Funding Agencies

  • Arizona Game & Fish Dept.


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey