D. Scott Rinnan

Adventures in Quantitative, Landscape, and Conservation Ecology


My name is Scott Rinnan, and I’m a quantitative ecologist. I am currently a postdoctoral associate with Walter Jetz in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. 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 research lies at the intersection of three fundamental flavors of ecology: landscape ecology, quantitative ecology, and conservation ecology. I use a wide variety of quantitative methods to understand broad biological patterns in space and time, and interpret these patterns to better understand how we can direct conservation efforts more effectively. I am particularly interested in population dynamics and species interactions, animal behavior and movement, the effects of climate change on species’ distributions, and drivers of biodiversity patterns. 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.)

In addition, I am quite passionate about teaching and education. Most recently I was an instructor in UW’s Professional & Continuing Education program, teaching a course in statistical modeling and data analysis with R.

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