Michael Le Pepke

Michael Le Pepke was a PhD candidate at the Centre for Biodiversity Dynamics (CBD) at the Department of Biology at NTNU. His PhD thesis was called “The ecological and evolutionary role of telomere length in house sparrows”. He was supervised by Thor Harald Ringsby, Henrik Jensen, Thomas Kvalnes and Jonathan Wright.

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Written by Michael Le Pepke

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How do chromosome ends shape the life of wild birds?

Winter is here and animals in the wild are facing challenges of how best to spend their energy. A lot of the small birds that can be seen now, were hatched this year and grew rapidly in the spring to reach their adult body size.