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Physiological and Behavioral Changes Associated with Arctic Ground Squirrel Reproduction

Status Current
Seeking Researchers No
Start Date 12/01/2011
End Date 06/01/2012
Funding Source Undergraduate Research Grant
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Last Updated 03/25/2012 02:47PM
Keywords arctic ground squirrels


  Loren Buck

Student Researchers
  Jessica Ladd


This project is designed to monitor the physiological and behavioral changes associated with arctic ground squirrel (AGS) reproduction. Specifically, results from this study will elucidate the timing and hormonal correlates of reproduction with the goal of establishing thresholds of reproductive hormone concentrations that could be used as markers for successful captive breeding in the future. There are four specific aims of this project: 1) genotype adult AGS currently at UAA in order to paternity test captive bred pups; 2) monitor changes in behavior and circulating hormone levels (testosterone, estradiol, progesterone) in AGS upon emergence from hibernation; 3) pair animals for breeding immediately after emergence; and 4) monitor changes in vaginal histology during all stages of reproduction in female AGS.

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