Dr. Scott LaPoint

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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

  • 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.
  • 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
  • Ascensáo F, LaPoint SD, van der Ree R. in press. Small mammals. In: Ecology of Roads: A Practitioners Guide to Impacts and Mitigation. Eds van der Ree R, Grilo C, Smith D.

Grants and Awards
  • 2013 Student Travel Grant Award to attend the Wild Musteloid Conference at Oxford University, England.
  • 2012 Best Poster Presentation awarded at the Biodiversity Asia 2nd Asia Regional Conference of the Society for Conservation Biology, Bangalore, India.
  • 2011 National Geographic Society Waitt Grants #W157-11 for “Animal-defined corridors: using animal movement and behavior to determine corridors.”
  • 2004 Edna Baily Sussman Foundation for “Investigating mammalian road crossing patterns and under-road passageway use along a major highway.”

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Department Wikelski
  • MPI for Ornithology
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