Ecological Significance and Underlying Mechanisms of Body Size Differentiation in White-tailed Deer

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Body size varies according to nutritional availability, which is of ecological and evolutionary relevance. The purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis that differences in adult body size are realized by increasing juvenile growth rate for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Harvest records are used to construct growth rate estimates by empirical nonlinear curve fitting. Results are compared to those of previous models that include additional parameters. The rate of growth increases during the study period. Models that estimate multiple parameters may not work with harvest data in which estimates of these parameters are prone to error, which renders ... continued below

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Barr, Brannon May 2012.

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Body size varies according to nutritional availability, which is of ecological and evolutionary relevance. The purpose of this study is to test the hypothesis that differences in adult body size are realized by increasing juvenile growth rate for white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus). Harvest records are used to construct growth rate estimates by empirical nonlinear curve fitting. Results are compared to those of previous models that include additional parameters. The rate of growth increases during the study period. Models that estimate multiple parameters may not work with harvest data in which estimates of these parameters are prone to error, which renders estimates from complex models too variable to detect inter-annual changes in growth rate that this simpler model captures

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Barr, Brannon. Ecological Significance and Underlying Mechanisms of Body Size Differentiation in White-tailed Deer, thesis, May 2012; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc115044/: accessed March 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .