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Deer Impact on Dunes in North Ottawa Dunes

Mentored by: Chengbi Liu
Team: Lincoln Grevengoed, Matthew Haugh, Megan Koopman, Isla Peterson, Logan Walters

Research Summary: The impact of deer on sand dunes has not been studied very comprehensively before. Recently, a tension appears between dune administrators and local residents in Ottawa County around the issue of deer hunting. Some dune administrators believe that the number of deer is too high to sustain a healthy ecosystem in North Ottawa Dunes, while some local residents dispute that. However, both sides lack enough data to support their opinions. By carrying out this study, we look forward to a preliminary investigation on deer population and mobility as well as their impacts on dune vegetation and dune movement. Poster (PDF)


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