Global application of stable hydrogen and oxygen isotopes to wildlife forensics

  title={Global application of stable hydrogen and oxygen isotopes to wildlife forensics},
  author={G. Bowen and L. Wassenaar and K. Hobson},
  • G. Bowen, L. Wassenaar, K. Hobson
  • Published 2004
  • Geography, Medicine
  • Oecologia
  • Stable isotopes are being increasingly used in wildlife forensics as means of determining the origin and movement of animals. The heavy isotope content of precipitated water and snow (δDp, δ18Op) varies widely and systematically across the globe, providing a label that is incorporated through diet into animal tissue. As a result, these isotopes are potentially ideal tracers of geographic origin. The hydrogen and oxygen isotope tracer method has excellent potential where (1) spatial variation of… CONTINUE READING
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