Congratulations to upper school science teacher Dr. Marjorie MacGregor for co-authoring a research paper on coyote contraception published in Human-Wildlife Interactions scientific journal.
Congratulations to upper school science teacher Dr. Marjorie MacGregor for co-authoring a research paper on coyote contraception published in Human-Wildlife Interactions scientific journal. Marjorie’s research focused on experimental tests of nonsurgical reproductive tools to prevent coyote reproduction.
Marjorie and her colleagues at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service wildlife research center, conducted an assessment of two types of reproductive drugs on coyote reproduction. In addition to testing overall drug effectiveness, the team also investigated the effects of altered hormone levels (testosterone and estrogen) on social interactions of male and female coyotes. The research was part of a larger six-year study led by Marjorie at the University of Wyoming to assess birth control for male coyotes as a non-lethal tool to manage coyotes.
Marjorie became interested in coyotes when she was a dog musher years ago. She’d see them out on nature trails and was mesmerized by their eyes. “They would always seem to make an appearance in different aspects of my life,” she shared. “I once spent a month camping and biking in Joshua Tree National Forest, and I became obsessed with listening to their songs.”
She also used to perform work with Native American communities, and their mythological stories about coyotes fascinated her. “Coyotes are smart, beautiful and highly adaptable. They have survived and even thrived despite their human interactions.”
Marjorie uses what she’s learned in her research in the classroom every day. “My life and all my experiences help inform my teaching–in my stories and how I see the world,” she explained.
Marjorie said she was thrilled that the research paper was finally published. “It’s important to share our research with the scientific community and general public. We hope that the research continues long after our part is done.”