Hair is a treasure chest of information on health and diet that can only be truly revealed through laser analysis. TrichAnalytics Inc. requires only a single hair to obtain precise elemental and metal concentrations over time, which reflects the changes occurring in the diet and habitat of wildlife species. Hair analysis can replace the need for invasive tissue sampling of wildlife. Hair can be obtained non-lethally, non-invasively, and more safely, and yet provide much more information that what a tissue sample can provide. By scanning the hair’s length using laser ablation, we can reveal those temporal changes in elements and metals in time increments of hours, days, weeks, and/or months.

Click here to check out our story on grizzly bear hair and how zinc and copper changes along the hair strand reveal their seasonal diet and exposure to toxic metals, such as mercury.