Population dynamics of large ungulates are complex and vary with fluctuations in factors such as predation, resource availability, human disturbance, and weather (Gaillard et al. 1998, Forrester and Wittmer 2013). These regulating factors exhibit similar effects on ungulate populations by changing vital rates such as birthrate, death rate, emigration or immigration (Gaillard et al. 2000). To better understand the mechanisms influencing population change, it is useful to involve tools from multiple disciplines (Krausman et al. 2013). Here we explore population dynamics of mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) through the lenses of two distinct fields: population ecology and genomics. In the first chapter we examine the influence of maternal effects on offspring fitness. In the second chapter we present a high-quality, chromosome-level reference genome for mule deer. We expect results from each of these studies to provide valuable resources for continued research and conservation of mule deer.
College and Department
Life Sciences; Plant and Wildlife Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Lamb, Sydney, "Population Dynamics of Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus): Maternal Effects and De Novo Genome" (2021). Theses and Dissertations. 9522.
mule deer, maternal effects, ungulate genomics, whole genome