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Landscape genetics of white-tailed deer to assess population structure for surveillance of chronic wasting disease

Duration

July 2014 - June 2017

Narrative

Research on surveillance strategies, that consider demographic and environmental factors, is lacking in most states CWD has not been found. Developing surveillance strategies to maximize efficiency of sampling white-tailed deer has been recommended but requires knowledge of deer behavior, movements, and spatial connectivity of populations. Landscape genetics can provide the necessary framework to understand landscape features, dispersal characteristics of deer, and transmission and spread of CWD through assessment of population structure throughout a region.

 

Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 235

Phd Students: 161

Post Docs: 57

University Staff: 261

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 685

Scientific Publications: 1884

Presentations: 4375

 

Personnel

Funding Agencies

  • Pennsylvania Game Commission

Links

Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey