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Managing Catalina's Bison Focus of Thesis Project

Oct. 8, 2013

Biology graduate student Calvin Duncan is conducting research on the use of a contraceptive vaccine to help manage the herd of bison on Catalina Island. Photo by Julie King/Courtesy of Catalina Island Conservancy

When biology graduate student Calvin Duncan isn't in the classroom, he's on Catalina Island conducting research on the use of a contraceptive vaccine to help manage the herd of bison on the island. His master's project research, under the direction of Paul Stapp, professor of biological science, was recently awarded $25,000 from the Eppley Foundation for Research and $20,000 from the Bernice Barbour Foundation.

Duncan is a wildlife biologist with Catalina Island Conservancy, which also supports the project. Duncan's study has the potential to significantly influence the management of bison, and possibly other wildlife species, in the future.

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