Samantha Larimer

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Daily activity rhythms are nearly universal among animals and their specific pattern is an adaptation of each species to its ecological niche. Owing to the extremely consistent nocturnal patterns of activity shown by golden hamsters (Mesocricetus auratus) in the laboratory, this species is a prime model for studying the mechanisms controlling circadian(More)
Foraging theory posits that animals should maximize energy gains while minimizing risks, the largest of which is usually predation. For small burrowing mammals the best measure of risk avoidance may be the time spent in the burrow, although this measure is rarely examined. During the spring of 2005 and 2006 we recorded the foraging behavior of female golden(More)
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