Roxanne Turgeon

Université Laval
M.Sc. candidate

Supervisor: Fanie Pelletier
Start: 2020-09-01
End: 2022-08-31


Relative influence of the drivers of population dynamics in mountain ungulates
Multiple factors can affect population dynamics of large herbivores and their relative effect can change over time and space. My project aims to evaluate the relative influence of density dependence and density independence factors on the dynamics of small populations of mountain ungulates. I will use data from long-term monitoring of two bighorn sheep populations (Ovis canadensis) and one mountain goat population (Oreamnos americanus), which will be used as replicates. My project also aims to determine whether the three populations exhibit synchronous dynamics caused by a correlation among density independent factors affecting the study areas.