Data from: Estimation of energetic condition in wild baboons using fecal thyroid hormone determination

Gesquiere LR, Pugh M, Alberts SC, Markham AC

Date Published: April 26, 2018

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.8n241v7

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Title mT3 concentrations for wild baboons
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Description This dataset was used to assess whether seasonal variation in rainfall and female reproductive status affected mT3 concentrations in wild baboons. For this analysis we used 377 fecal samples from 61 wild adult females. These samples were the leftover freeze-dried fecal powder from samples collected between January 2008 and October 2015 for steroid hormone analyses. The freeze-dried fecal powder had been stored at -20 °C for period of time ranging from 1.3 years (for the samples collected in October 2015) to 9.1 years (for the samples collected in January 2008).
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Title Validation of fecal collection and storage
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Description This dataset was used to experimentally test how collection and storage conditions encountered when working with wild populations affected mT3 concentrations (See Fig. 1). Specifically, using the aliquots collected from the captive baboons, we treated the four aliquots as follows. The aliquot without ethanol (aliquot 1) and one of the aliquots stored in 95% ethanol (aliquot 2) were kept at -20°C; the other two aliquots stored in 95% ethanol were kept for 8 hours at 4°C (aliquot 3) or at 25°C (aliquot 4) before being stored for 2 weeks at 4°C. Aliquot 1 represented optimal conditions of collection and storage in a lab setting. Aliquots 2-4 tested aspects of field conditions for collection and storage. Specifically, aliquot 2 tested the effect of simple ethanol storage on mT3 concentrations. Aliquot 3 and 4 tested field conditions in which samples were kept in a cooler containing ice packs until return to camp site (aliquot 3) or when samples were kept at ambient temperature until return to camp site (aliquot 4).
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Gesquiere LR, Pugh M, Alberts SC, Markham AC (2018) Estimation of energetic condition in wild baboons using fecal thyroid hormone determination. General and Comparative Endocrinology 260: 9-17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ygcen.2018.02.004

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Gesquiere LR, Pugh M, Alberts SC, Markham AC (2018) Data from: Estimation of energetic condition in wild baboons using fecal thyroid hormone determination. Dryad Digital Repository. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.8n241v7
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