Dr. Scott LaPoint

Am Obstberg 1

78315 Radolfzell


Dr. Scott LaPoint


Dr. Scott LaPoint


Postdoctoral Researcher


  • +49 7732 1501-26




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.

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Department Wikelski
  • MPI for Ornithology Radolfzell
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