Effects of spatiotemporal variation in food quality and quantity on ungulate resource selection over the plant growing season

The objective of this study is to examine changes in large herbivore foraging trade-offs as a function of spatial and temporal variation in important plant characteristics. More specifically, I will use a simple high-arctic system inhabited by predator-free Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) to:
(1) map and quantify spatiotemporal patterns of plant phenology over the growing season
(2) relate such variation in food plant characteristics to temporal changes in ungulate habitat selection