My name is Scott Rinnan, and I’m a 4th-year graduate student in the interdisciplinary Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management program at the University of Washington in Seattle. I’m currently working on my doctoral research with Joshua Lawler in the School of Environmental and Forestry Sciences and Mark Kot in the Applied Math department. I finished my M.Sc. in QERM in February 2015.
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.)