Based on his ongoing research at Quivira National Wildlife Refuge, Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Jonathan Conard gave a research seminar on Feb. 4 at Wichita State University. His seminar was titled "Patterns of Association Between White-Tailed Deer: Assessing the Potential for Chronic Wasting Disease Transmission."
The seminar discussed the results from a project that Conard has been conducting at Quivira focusing on the contact rates between deer in relation to disease spread by using radio-telemetry to track deer movements. His research also involves conducting annual spotlight surveys to determine deer density. These results provide valuable data for the Refuge and have been conducted by student volunteers from Sterling College the past several years.