The Deer Laboratory at Auburn University
Sara Bolds Sara Bolds
M.S. Candidate
B.S., Florida Gulf Coast University
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Sara is examining the extent of damage wild pigs are causing to riparian ecosystems and the impacts of this damage. Specifically, she is looking at erosion, water quality, the seasonality of pig usage of these watersheds, and changes in soil characteristics.
Nick Deig Nick Deig
M.S. Candidate
B.S., Southern Illinois University – Carbondale
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Nick is using cast antlers from a captive whitetail population to quantify heritability of antler traits and possibly identify specific alleles that are associated with increased antler development.
Monet Gomes Monet Gomes
M.S. Candidate
B.S.,California State University, Fresno
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Monet’s research looks at lifetime patterns of testosterone secretion in the bucks at the Auburn Captive Deer Facility. Additionally she is investigating how buck testosterone concentrations relate to antler size, body size, genetic characteristics, and reproductive success.
Natalie Harris Natalie Harris
M.S. Candidate
B.S.F.R., University of Georgia
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Natalie’s research focuses on the effects of habitat management on Bachman’s Sparrows (Peucaea aestivalis). Working with the USFWS, she conducts point counts in southern Mississippi to determine if privately owned longleaf pine stands are providing habitat for this declining species.
Matt McDonough Matt McDonough
M.S. Candidate
B.S., St. Lawrence University
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Matt is investigating how white-tailed deer and eastern wild turkey populations respond to the removal of invasive wild pigs. His research aims to provide insight into the future management of wild pigs and their ecological impacts.
 Jace Steward Jace Steward
M.S. Candidate
B.S.,
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Jace is examining the efficacy and risks associated with translocating captive white-tailed deer by tracking post-release survival and recruitment of adult does in a semi-wild environment. His research aims to provide insight to landowners and property managers interested in purchasing pen-raised deer to supplement or improve their deer herd.
Dylan Stewart Dylan Stewart
M.S. Candidate
B.S., University of Arizona
A.S., Arizona Western College
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Dylan’s research investigates how various combinations and intensities of commercial thinning, prescribed fire, and herbicide use effect white-tailed deer and Northern Bobwhite habitat within loblolly pine plantations. Specifically, his research provides a foundation on which landowners can make informed management decisions that can maximize timber revenue, wildlife habitat, and game abundance on their property.
Mark Turner Mark Turner
M.S. Candidate
B.S., North Carolina State University
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Mark is researching strategies to improve white-tailed deer and wild turkey habitat in hardwood stands in the southeastern Coastal Plain. Specifically, he is applying forest stand improvement treatments and prescribed fire to hardwood forests to increase deer forage availability and wild turkey brood rearing cover quality.

Last modified: January 27, 2020