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Caribou and Lynx Studies Net C$1 Million in Grants

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North American lynx populations and caribou herds are on the agenda for two Trent University researchers receiving grants of about C$500,000 each from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), The Peterborough Examinerreported last week.

Professor Dennis Murray will use his $560,750 grant to study the lynx, which is already listed as endangered in the U.S. and has the same status in some Canadian provinces, the Examiner reported.

"There's a lot of concern over the status of the lynx," Murray told the newspaper, adding that he will be investigating reasons for the population decline and looking for solutions.

Paul Wilson, part of Canada’s Research Chair program and specializing in DNA profiling, forensics and functional genomics, is an associate professor of biology at Trent, the newspaper said. He received a $522,750 grant from NSERC to research the genetic basis of Boreal caribou herd behavior.

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Both grants run from 2010 through 2012, and both researchers are collaborating with the Ministry of Natural Resources, The Peterborough Examiner said.