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SGS-LTER genetic structure of metapopulations of black-tailed prairie dogs on the Central Plains Experimental Range and Pawnee National Grassland in Nunn, Colorado, USA 1997-1998


This data package was produced by researchers working on the Shortgrass Steppe Long Term Ecological Research (SGS-LTER) Project, administered at Colorado State University. Long-term datasets and background information (proposals, reports, photographs, etc.) on the SGS-LTER project are contained in a comprehensive project collection within the Repository ( The data table and associated metadata document, which is generated in Ecological Metadata Language, may be available through other repositories serving the ecological research community and represent components of the larger SGS-LTER project collection. Thirteen colonies of black-tailed prairie dogs were studied within a 264-km2 area of the Central Plains Experimental Range and the Pawnee National Grasslands in Weld County, Colorado. Tissue Collection, DNA Extraction, and microsatellite genotype scoring was performed.


Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory (NREL)
Shortgrass Steppe-Long Term Ecological Research (SGS-LTER)

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prairie dogs
population dynamics
community dynamics
community ecology


Associated Publications

Roach, Jen L., Genetic analysis of a black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus) metapopulation within shortgrass steppe. (Unpublished master's thesis). Colorado State University, 1999.
Roach, Jennifer L., Paul Stapp, Beatrice Van Horne, and Michael F. Antolin, Genetic structure of a metapopulation of black-tailed prairie dogs. Journal of Mammology 82, no. 4 (November 2001): 946-959.