Molecular ecology views: Track a pika by its hair

Via the MolecularEcologistView tag on Flickr, Philippe Henry sends images of his doctoral dissertation work on American pika (Ochotona princeps) in the central Coast Mountains of British Colubmia. To understand the pikas’ population genetic structure, he captured DNA samples using “hair snares” of sticky tape.

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Snare in place.

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A hair snare of sticky tape, placed to snag some pika DNA.

About Jeremy Yoder

Jeremy Yoder is an Assistant Professor of Biology at California State University, Northridge. He also blogs at Denim and Tweed, and tweets under the handle @jbyoder.
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