My name is Scott Rinnan, and I’m a quantitative ecologist. I will begin a postdoctoral position with Walter Jetz in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University in September 2018. I received a Ph.D. from the interdisciplinary Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management program at the University of Washington in Seattle in June 2018, working with Joshua Lawler in the School of Environmental and Forestry Sciences and Mark Kot in the Applied Math department.
My fields of interest include population dynamics, animal behavior and movement, and the effects of climate change on species’ distributions. In a broader context, my interests lie at the intersection of mathematics, statistics, and ecology. I find a great deal of beauty in the relationships of natural processes and phenomena, and the wealth of information that we can infer about the world from simple observation. I also enjoy thinking about how to communicate science effectively, and the art of the visual presentation of quantitative information. (Read: I like making pretty maps and graphs.)