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Animal Ecology Laboratory

Research in this laboratory mainly concerns the diet and health condition of important animal populations. White-tailed deer of Anticosti Island, Quebec caribou and Alberta mountain goats are the main ongulate populations studied. In the case of birds, studies focus on Greater snow geese at their staging areas in Quebec and at their main breeding site on Bylot Island, Nunavut. Research is also carried out on trophic relations in the Arctic toundra (geese, snowy owls, lemmings and foxes).

The laboratory is specialized in the analysis of body composition and food quality for herbivores. Several analytical techniques are used including measurement of urinary metabolites, measurement of fat and ashes from animal or plant tissues, analysis of plant fibers (NDF, ADF and ADL), and measurement of phenolic compounds.

The laboratory contains the following equipment:

  • precision electronic scales
  • sterilizers
  • animal and plant tissue grinders
  • freeze-dryer unit
  • Soxtec extractor for fat dosage
  • setting for fiber dosage by detergent method
  • two incinerators
  • bomb-type calorimeter
  • microtome
  • spectrophotometer

Ongulate Section

Contact: Steeve Côté

Room 2068 A
Alexandre-Vachon Building
Université Laval
1045 avenue de la Médecine
Québec, Canada
G1V 0A6
Phone : (418) 656-2131 ext. 3490

Bird Section

Contact : Gilles Gauthier

Room 2040 A
Alexandre-Vachon Building
Université Laval
1045 avenue de la Médecine
Québec, Canada
G1V 0A6
Phone : (418) 656-2131 ext. 5507

 

 
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