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Should I Stay or Should I Go Now? Dispersal Decisions Faced By Young Mammals
Saturday, April 7, 2012 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Biosphere 2 Science and Society Fellow, UA School of Natural Resources and the Environment
Almost all young mammals face a difficult decision in their lives: should they remain in their natal area or set out to find a new place to live? This is among the most important decisions an animal can make in terms of future survival and reproductive success. Wildlife biologist Melissa Merrick will discuss the dispersal process from the perspective of young sky island tree squirrels and other small mammals, highlighting dispersal strategies, the role of behavior, and the difficulties dispersing juveniles face in fragmented landscapes. Come find out why dispersal is so important for all mammal populations (including humans!) and join the discussion. Visit Melissa's Blog - Visit Melissa’s Webpage
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