Bachelor of Science
School or Department
Wildlife Biology – Terrestrial
L. Scott Mills
Faculty Mentor Department
Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
For small mammals subject to predation, individual longevity, or lifespan, is typically unknown. Snowshoe hares (Lepus americanus) are used as the focal species of this study to examine the assumption that small prey species do not typically live past one or two years of age. To test this assumption, we analyzed a 20-year capture-mark-recapture database to first index the lifespan of hares. We analyzed this database to determine which factors increased the odds of longevity in hares. Body condition and capture location were significant in increasing the odds of a hare being long lived, whereas sex of the hare was not significant.
Honors College Research Project
GLI Capstone Project
Theisen, Katrina L.; Kumar, Alexander V.; and Mills, L. Scott, "Longevity in Snowshoe Hares" (2019). Undergraduate Theses, Professional Papers, and Capstone Artifacts. 319.
© Copyright 2019 Katrina L. Theisen, Alexander V. Kumar, and L. Scott Mills