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The goals for this project are: develop a biosampling program for partners collecting walrus samples in Bristol Bay, describe contemporary diets of walruses in Bristol Bay, establish a molecular biomarker library in walruses and their prey for evaluating future changes in the benthic food web and ecosystem of Bristol Bay, and produce reports and presentations of scientific information on the biology of walruses and the ecosystem of Bristol Bay for the public, management agencies and other researchers.

The molecular methods we are developing to estimate diets of walruses are a major improvement over current techniques because they do not require sacrificing animals and information is obtained from all animals.


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