From One Animal to an Ecosystem

June 21, 2019
European roe deer courtesy of Nathan Ranc

At 45 pounds and just over two feet tall, adult European roe deer are much smaller than American deer and closer in size to a greyhound. And unlike their cousin species, red deer or elk, roe deer like to be solitary, spending most of their lives within a range of one square kilometer.  PhD student, Nathan Ranc (Paul Moorcroft lab) want to know the reason for this mystery. In the Alps of northern Italy, Nathan and colleagues are trying to build a model that explains the factors determining why particular deer choose to live where they do. His work with roe deer is covered in the July-August 2019 issue of Harvard Magazine


Image: A European roe deer courtesy of Nathan Ranc
See also: Graduate News, 2019