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Testosterone and cortisol concentrations vary with reproductive status in wild female red deer

Pavitt, Alyson T.; Pemberton, Josephine M; Kruuk, Loeske; Walling, Craig A.


Although hormones are key regulators of many fitness and life history traits, the causes of individual level variation in hormones, particularly in wild systems, remain understudied. Whilst we know that androgen and glucocorticoid levels vary within and among individuals in mammalian populations, how this relates to key reproductive processes such as gestation and lactation, and their effects on a female's measurable hormone levels are poorly understood in wild systems. Using fecal samples...[Show more]

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Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Ecology and Evolution
DOI: 10.1002/ece3.1945
Access Rights: Open Access


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