comp ecol trans small

Scott LaPoint


Curriculum vitae:

2007-2008 Fisher ecology project, Hoopa California

2007 M.S. in Conservation Biology, State of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, advisor: Mark Lomolino

2003-2006 Teaching assistant

2002 Lab technician for New York State Museum

2001-2002 Field manager for the Wildlife Conservation Society, Adirondack Carnivore Project.

2001 Project coordinator for the Adirondack Park Agency, Saranac Lake, New York

2001 B.S. in Natural Resource Policy and Management, Paul Smiths College

Research interests:

Most of my research interests focus on how animal movements are affected by their surrounding landscape and how individuals respond to landscape change. This has allowed me to measure animal movements a number of ways: snow tracking, game cameras, VHF telemetry, and gps tags). With the advancements in animal tracking technology and data availability we are gaining invaluable knowledge. I am especially interested in carnivore movements, particularly how these species navigate their way through a fragmented landscape of roads, developments, and barriers. However, I strongly believe in taking our science to the next step: on the ground conservation applications. It is an exciting time for animal movement ecology, but now we need to apply animal movement data to the conservation of their movements and ultimately to the conservation of biodiversity.

Highlight publications:

 Kranstauber B., Kays R., LaPoint S., Wikelski M., Safi K. 2012. A dynamic Brownian Bridge movement model to estimate utilization distributions for heterogeneous animal movement. Journal of Applied Ecology.

Brown D.D., LaPoint S.D., Kays R.W., Heidrich W., Kummeth F., Wikelski M. 2012. Accelerometer-informed GPS telemetry: reducing the tradeoff between resolution and longevity. Wildlife Society Bulletin.

LaPoint, S.D. 2007. Mammalian road crossing patterns along a major highway within Adirondack Park of New Yor State, USA. Thesis. State University of New York, College of ENvironmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY.

Gompper M.E., Kays R.W., Ray J.C., LaPoint S.D., Bogan D.A., Cryan J.R. 2006. A comparison of noninvasive techniques to survey carnivore communities in northeastern North America. Wildlife Society Bulletin 34, 1142-1151.

 Scott D. LaPoint
Contact Details
Scott LaPoint
Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
Am Obstberg 1
78315 Radolfzell
Tel: 0049-7732-1501-26
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