Dr. Scott LaPoint

Am Obstberg 1

78315 Radolfzell


Dr. Scott LaPoint


Dr. Scott LaPoint


Postdoctoral Researcher


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Main Focus

My 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 spp. individuals to seasonal changes (i.e., Dehnel’s phenomenon). I am currently using accelerometer data to identify behaviours in free ranging fishers (Pekania pennanti) 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 My goal is to develop and validate a conservation orientated paradigm that builds upon individual animal-based information to meet conservation objectives.

Peer-reviewed Publications

  • Blackwell PG, Niu M, Lambert MS, LaPoint SD. in press. Exact Bayesian inference for animal movement in continuous time. Methods in Ecol & Evol.
  • LaPoint SD, 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: 10.1371/journal.pone.0103544.
  • LaPoint SD, Belant JL, Kays R. 2014. Mesopredator release facilitates range expansion in fisher. Animal Conservation 18:50-61.
  • LaPoint SD, Gallery P, Wikelski M, Kays R. 2013. Animal behavior, cost-based corridors, and real corridors. Landscape Ecol 28: 1615–1630.
  • Kranstauber B, Kays R, LaPoint SD, 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.
  • Brown DD, LaPoint SD, Kays 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.
  • Gompper ME, Kays R, Ray JC, LaPoint SD, Bogan DA, Cryan JR. 2006. A comparison of noninvasive techniques to survey carnivore communities in northeastern North America. Wildlife Soc Bull 34: 1142–1151.
  • LaPoint SD, Kays R, Ray JC. 2003. Animals crossing the Northway: are existing culverts useful? Adirondack J Environ Studies Spring/Summer, 11-17.

Book Chapters
  • 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, p. 325–333.

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Department Wikelski
  • MPI for Ornithology Radolfzell
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