Sequencing northeast US moose diet

A researcher had sent along some moose samples collected from Hubbard Brook for us to run for plant diets. This was just a preliminary study, but the results were pretty amazing. Winter and summer diets were clearly distinguished and even samples that had likely been out in the field for six months yielded great results. Some of the surprises we saw were the degree to which the moose  were consuming hemlock during the winter as well as mosses. During the summer there was a unique mix of plants in their diet that included birch and maple, but other shrubs. One of the exciting potentials of work like this that standardized techniques exist to not only evaluate the diets of a species over the course of a growing season, but also across broad enough environmental gradients to begin to understand how diets will shift with climate change.