Summer Explorer Series: Answers from African Antelope
Student Field Worker Asks Questions about Mammal Diets
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The server encountered an internal error and was unable to complete your request. Either the server is overloaded or there is an error in the application.Ryan Long, who specializes in the ecology of large mammals in the College of Natural Resources, led the U of I contingent of researchers. Rafferty lives in Moscow and is studying animal and veterinary science in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
Matthew Rafferty, Ryan Long and doctoral student Hallie Walker are investigating how diets vary within a species.
Rafferty hypothesizes animals of the same species have different diets, and this diet specialization can lead to new species.
The team spotted and tranquilized antelope from a helicopter. They focused on sampling kudu, bushbuck and nyala antelope.
Article by Leigh Cooper, University Communications and Marketing.
Photos courtesy of Matthew Rafferty, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, and Ryan Long and Hallie Walker, College of Natural Resources.
Video production by Kara Billington.
Published August 2019
This project was funded under National Science Foundation grant 1656642. The total funding from this grant is $700,000, of which 100% is the federal share. Matthew Rafferty was partially funded by a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship award from U of I’s Office of Undergraduate Research.