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Trophic Level Influence On Stable Hydrogen Isotopic Composition Of Bat Fur, Leslie M. Erdman Sep 2013

Trophic Level Influence On Stable Hydrogen Isotopic Composition Of Bat Fur, Leslie M. Erdman

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The effect of trophic level on the isotopic compositions of nitrogen (δ15N), carbon (δ13C) and oxygen (δ18O) is well documented, but the effect that trophic level has on the stable hydrogen isotopic composition of bat fur (δ2Hfur) is not known. This can have implications when assigning the locations of origin of bats in migration studies that use δ2Hfur. I hypothesized that if there is an effect of trophic level on δ2Hfur, then δ2Hfur would correlate positively with trophic level. I tested this ...