Many wild muskoxen herds are facing unprecedented declines in the rapidly changing Arctic. Climate change is creating multiple new environmental stressors for these animals, such as increased heat stress, higher frequency of extreme weather events and changes in exposures to existing and emerging pathogens. Researchers will look for stress-related patterns of uptake of key hormones in the hair and feces of muskoxen. Findings from this study will be used to monitor the health and fitness of wild muskoxen, and help inform conservation strategies.
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University of Calgary
Juliette Di Francesco, DVM, MPH
Endocrine/Metabolic (Diabetes, Thyroid)