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  1. E. Bowles, T. W. Corson, J. Bayani, J. A. Squire, N. Wong, P. B.-S. Lai and B. L. Gallie 2007. Profiling Genomic Copy Number Changes in Retinoblastoma Beyond Loss of RB1. Genes Chromosomes and Cancer 46: 118-129
  2. Mellone N. M., D. Chen, T. W. Corson, C. Lee, M. Harmandayan, E. Bowles, N. Chen, and B. L. Gallie 2004. Minimal 16q Genomic Loss Implicates Cadherin-11 in Retinoblastoma. Mol Cancer Res 2: 495-503


Ella Bowles


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Research area: Ecology, Evolution
Supervisors: P. Schulte, A. Trites
History: B.Sc. UBC

To understand the trophic interactions of pinnipeds, their impacts on fisheries and to address the potential threats of nutritional stress to these animals, it is important to accurately reconstruct their diets. Historically, diet has been described using hard part remains (fish bones and cephalopod beaks) recovered from predators’ stomachs, and more recently from fecal samples, but there are limitations to accurate species resolution and quantification. Molecular techniques are being developed to augment this information, and in particular real-time PCR shows promise. Using archived scat samples from Steller sea lions fed known diets, I propose to validated and assess the limitations of using real-time PCR to determine the quantities of different species consumed by sea lions. If successful, this proof of principal should be applicable to diet analysis in any predator, and could be useful as a high-throughput diet screening tool.

Last updated 29 September 2010