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Title: Application of landscape genetic techniques to investigation of CWD dynamics and transmission in Wisconsin white-tailed deer populations


November 2007 - December 2009


This research will build on previous studies by using genetic techniques to measure connectivity between white-tailed deer populations and thus assess the role of migration in CWD spread, and to evaluate the importance of social relationships in local disease transmission.
Specific research objectives include:
1) Determine whether CWD spreads first through family groups when introduced to a new area (i.e. are nearby pairs of infected deer more closely related than random deer pairs),
2) Determine the genetic connectivity of spark deer outside of CWD core areas, and assess likely origin of disease in these spark deer (WDEZ, EDEZ or other).


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 243

Phd Students: 163

Post Docs: 57

University Staff: 254

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 699

Scientific Publications: 1910

Presentations: 4358



Funding Agencies

  • Associate Director, USGS-BRD


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