Aikens publishes research documenting green wave surfing in mule deer

Aikens publishes research documenting green wave surfing in mule deer

WMI graduate research fellow Ellen Aikens found strong evidence of “green wave surfing” in mule deer, in which deer timed their movements very closely to the greenup of spring vegetation as it moved up the mountains. Previous tests of this hypothesis found that Norwegian red deer jumped the green wave. The study, published in Ecology Letters, offers some of the best evidence of surfing in a migratory ungulate to date.