research is focused on carnivore movement ecology and I strive to
produce conservation-orientated information. I prefer to use
field-derived data, often from biotelemetry or camera traps, to
investigate species responses to landscape structure. With these
data I have explored mammalian responses to highways and habitats.
Recently, I have developed a novel model of corridor identification
via animal movement data and compared its performance to popular
cost-based approaches via camera trap detection data. I have
explored species morphological responses to changes in carnivore
community composition (i.e., the mesopredator release hypothesis) and
am currently investigating the responses of Mustela
individuals to seasonal changes (i.e., Dehnel’s phenomenon). I am
currently using accelerometer data to identify behaviours in free
ranging fishers (Pekania
and to quantify their behavioural responses to temporal changes in
automobile traffic volumes. I have collaborations with several
institutions, investigating animal movement and spatial processes via
movement data sets that I maintain on movebank.org. My goal is to
develop and validate a conservation orientated paradigm that builds
upon individual animal-based information to meet conservation
Blackwell PG, Niu M,
Lambert MS, LaPoint SD. in press. Exact Bayesian inference for
animal movement in continuous time. Methods in Ecol & Evol.
Balkenhol N, Hale J, Sadler J, van der Ree R. 2015. Ecological connectivity
research in urban areas. Funct Ecol DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12489.
Ascensão F, Grilo C, LaPoint SD, Tracey
J, Clevenger A, Santos-Reis M. 2014. Inter-individual variability of
stone marten behavioral responses to a highway. PLoS One DOI:
LaPoint SD, Belant JL, Kays R. 2014. Mesopredator release facilitates range expansion in fisher. Animal Conservation18:50-61.
Gallery P, Wikelski M, Kays R. 2013. Animal behavior, cost-based
corridors, and real corridors. Landscape Ecol 28: 1615–1630.
B, Kays R, LaPoint
Wikelski M, Safi K. 2012. A dynamic Brownian bridge movement model
to estimate utilization distributions for heterogeneous animal
movement. J Appl Ecol 81: 738–746.
R, Heidrich W, Kümmeth F, Wikelski M. 2012.
Accelerometer-informed GPS telemetry: reducing the tradeoff between
resolution and longevity. Wildlife Soc Bull 36: 139–146.
ME, Kays R, Ray JC, LaPoint
Bogan DA, Cryan JR. 2006. A comparison of noninvasive techniques
to survey carnivore communities in northeastern North America.
Wildlife Soc Bull 34: 1142–1151.
R, Ray JC. 2003. Animals crossing the Northway: are existing
culverts useful? Adirondack J Environ Studies
Powell R, Gabriel M,
Higley J, LaPoint SD, McCann N, Spencer W, Thompson
C. in press. The fisher as a model organism. In: Biology and
Conservation of Wild Musteloids. Eds: D. MacDonald, L. Harrington,
and C. Newman.
Ascensão F, LaPoint
SD, van der Ree R. 2015. Roads, traffic, and verges: big problems
and big opportunities for small mammals. In: Handbook for Road
Ecology. Eds.: R van der Ree, D Smith, and C Grilo. Wiley Blackwell,
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