Robert H. Coker - Graduate Students
Office: 470 Duckering
Broadly, I am interested in techniques used to assess wildlife and ecosystem health status. Specifically, I am measuring plasma metabolites in Steller sea lion pups on Russian and Alaskan rookeries (1990-2015); the profile generated allows us to assess nutritional stress, which is often proposed as an explanation for population declines and/or non-recovery. These results are paired with morphometric body condition indices and evaluated with respect to the population trajectories in each distinct population segment.
Office: 323 Murie Building, 907.474.5031
Nutritional therapy(NT) consisted of essential amino acids is proven to preserve net muscle masses in athlete/elderly. My research is to use similar nutritional formula to reverse reductions in protein synthesis and liver function of alcohol dependent individuals. Use of DEXA scan and Oxygraph to analyze net effects of the NT is my main purpose for current project.