Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Department of Primatology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig, Germany
phone: +49 341 3550 268
e-mail: leo_polansky[>>> Please replace the brackets with an AT sign <<<]eva.mpg.de
My research is focused on how mathematical thinking and statistical tools can provide better understanding of ecological systems, broadly defined to include biotic and abiotic interdependencies. As such, my research relies on formulating ecological processes as stochastic dynamical systems to promote clear thinking about mechanism and pattern in complex systems, quantify patterns and relationships, and obtain biological information via statistical inference of data. In particular, I focus on questions, models, and analytical methods related to wildlife movement ecology, population dynamics, plant phenology, and statistical ecology.
In addition, I am also interested in natural history both worldwide and especially that of the western United States and its watersheds. I encourage people to look into nonprofit groups such as Protect American River Canyons; these sorts of groups represent a real hope for conservation and preservation of our wilderness, environment, and quality of life.