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Douglas Eckery



Phone: 970-266-6164
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Douglas C. Eckery, PhD

​Project Leader, USDA-APHIS-WS, National Wildlife Research Center
Affiliate Faculty, Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory
4101 LaPorte Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80521


PhD, Colorado State University
BS, MS Brigham Young University

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.

Other Interests

  • Aptamers are synthetic, single-stranded nucleic acids that are able to fold into defined three-dimensional structures, allowing them to bind specifically to a wide range of targets such as small molecules, peptides and proteins. We are investigating the generation of aptamers for use in diagnostic assays. Recent work has focused on the generation of aptamers that bind estradiol, bisphenol A and triclosan.

  • The need to be able to detect and monitor small mammal populations at low or invading densities is a world-wide need.  Our work attempts to build on recent work demonstrating the pheromone-like properties of major urinary proteins for the development of improved lures.

 For a complete list of publications, please visit: DC Eckery PubMed