With the help of some student researchers, Maher’s research aims to utilize the data found in mice population studies to better understand environmental changes in certain regions.
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“THESE SMALL MAMMAL COMMUNITIES CAN GIVE US A BASELINE,” HE SAID. “TWENTY OR 30 YEARS FROM NOW, SOMEONE CAN SURVEY THE SAME PRAIRIE OR GLADE AND COMPARE DATA. THEN, YOU MAY SEE A DIFFERENT STORY – PERHAPS A SPECIES DISAPPEARED OR A NEW SPECIES IS PRESENT.”
“COLLECTING DATA IS IMPORTANT,” MAHER SAID. “JUST LIKE IN THE CASE OF THE WHITE-FOOTED MOUSE, DATA TELL US A STORY ABOUT THE HEALTH OF A FOREST OR GLADE, AS WELL AS THE CLIMATE.”