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Douglas C. Eckery, PhD

Project Leader
USDA-APHIS-WS, National Wildlife Research Center
4101 LaPorte Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80521

Phone: 970-266-6164
Fax: 970-266-6089

Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory

PhD, Colorado State University
BS, MS Brigham Young University

DC Eckery PubMed

Dr. Eckery holding a possum

Research Interests -- Female Reproductive Physiology

Effective management of wildlife and pest species is becoming increasingly necessary throughout the world. Current methods of control (poisons, trapping, shooting) can be expensive and are often considered to be unsustainable; and many poisons have been banned or their use is being continually constrained by new regulations. Much of our research is focused on the development of fertility control methods for vertebrate pests; which are being investigated as non-lethal alternatives to provide additional tools that can be incorporated into management strategies. Our goal is to develop reagents that can cause permanent sterility after a single dose, with an acceptable level of species specificity. A significant challenge in the development of a method of fertility control is the delivery of the control reagent to animals in the wild. We are also investigating the use of nanoparticles for the oral/mucosal delivery of bioactives or vaccines. My interest in this field came from the time I spent in New Zealand investigating the brushtail possum, which is an introduced species that has become a significant pest in in that country.

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