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Estimation of demographic population parameters using non-invasive methods in woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou)

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dc.contributor.supervisor Manseau, Micheline (Natural Resources Institute) Wilson, Paul (Natural Resources Institute) en_US
dc.contributor.author McFarlane, Samantha
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-18T14:15:18Z
dc.date.available 2015-09-18T14:15:18Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1993/30827
dc.description.abstract Demographic population parameters of woodland caribou were estimated using non-invasive fecal sampling. Fecal pellet sampling occurred in several woodland caribou populations from 2004 to 2013. Samples were amplified at 10 microsatellite loci and unique individuals identified. We used fecal pellet reproductive hormones levels and pellet dry weight to differentiate calf from adult age-classes. Results demonstrate that pellet weight, pregnane, and testosterone were able to identify age-classes which were used in capture-mark-recapture analysis in program MARK. In addition, we estimated effective population size of woodland caribou using linkage disequilibrium, sibship assignment and temporal methods. Results demonstrate that the linkage disequilibrium method produces precise estimates, and a reduced number of loci or number of unique genotypes produced precise estimates. This study demonstrates the power of non-invasive fecal sampling for determining age-classes and estimating demographic population parameters of woodland caribou, with potential for use in other populations or species. en_US
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Caribou, Rangifer tarandus, Ecology, Population Management, Natural Resource Management en_US
dc.title Estimation of demographic population parameters using non-invasive methods in woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/masterThesis
dc.degree.discipline Natural Resources Management en_US
dc.contributor.examiningcommittee Zbigniewicz, Maria (Manitoba Hydro) Arnason, Neil (Computer Science) Mastromonaco, Gabriela (Toronto Zoo) en_US
dc.degree.level Master of Natural Resources Management (M.N.R.M.) en_US
dc.description.note October 2015 en_US


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