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Research in Quantitative Population Ecology

My research interest is in quantitative population ecology, with a particular emphasis on understanding the dynamics of fish and wildlife populations. My studies focus on individual and population level processes because I believe a deeper knowledge of these processes will lead to a deeper understanding of how the environment affects ecological processes.

My research is often motivated by available data or existing biological and management-related questions, and I try to match them with existing ecological theories, appropriate mathematical models, and rigorous statistical methods. This research style is motivated by my belief that the major problem in quantitative ecology today is not a lack of data, available theories, mathematical tools, or statistical methods, but rather from mismatches among these four components.

Example of my past research includes the analysis of sighting history of North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis), examination of the effect of infectious diseases on Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), development of an extinction-effective index for comparing the status of endangered populations, and development of a new approach for simultaneous analysis of multiple population time-series. I will continue to work in these general areas with hope that my research will improve future fish and wildlife management in the U.S. and other parts of the world.

Currently, I am also developing a new project to investigate how population interactions affect population dynamics and how life history of populations affect population interactions.