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DWR: Weatehr & primary productivity Mediated Effects on Mule-Deer..


August 2015 - December 2016


The objective of this study is to model and project mule deer survival and fecundity in relation to weather and primary productivity throughout the state of Utah at a wildlife management unit (WMU) level. These models can be used in a management setting to increase understanding of demographic parameters across a range of environmental conditions. The projection models can be utilized to inform future management decisions based on estimates of a WMU’s expected potential and variation in deer production. I hypothesize that deer survival and fecundity will be highest with cool-wet summers and relatively moderate winters. I also hypothesize that deer survival and fecundity will be positively related to NDVI and climate will be a major driver of NDVI.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 142

Post Docs: 53

University Staff: 240

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 701

Scientific Publications: 1936

Presentations: 4260



Funding Agencies

  • Utah Division of Wildlife Resources


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey