Conservation of Populations, Species, and Ecosystems
White-tailed deer fawn survival, cause-specific mortality, and movement data in Minnesota’s farmland region is outdated. I plan to use GPS collars to collect vital rate and movement data to estimate cause-specific mortality from birth through 18-months of age for white-tailed deer. We also plan to estimate dispersal distances and assess how landscape and habitat characteristics affect dispersal distances. help inform biologically appropriate deer-modeling units.
I am also interested in increasing our understanding of fawn mortality by exploring how fawn behavior via movement and bed site selection can reduce their likelihood of succumbing to predation, especially within their first month of life.