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The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Chris Sutherland

Affiliated Investigator
Assistant Professor of Quantitative, Population, and Spatial Ecology
UMass Amherst

Research Interests

I am interested in movement, dispersal and connectivity, specifically how large-scale biological patterns emerge for space use and movement at a variety of spatial and temporal scales. My work involves developing biologically realistic statistical models for observational data collected at all levels of organization – typically using hierarchical models. My research balances methodological development with a strong focus on the application of these tools to biological systems to solve real-world problems.


Ph.D.: Quantitative Ecology, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, 2013
MRes.: Ecology & Environmental Sustainability, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK, 2009
BSc.: Biological Sciences, Brighton University, England, UK, 2008


Department of Environmental Conservation, UMass, Amherst


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Cornell University, 2013 - 2015
Postdoctoral Research Associate, USGS Patuxent Wildlife research Center, 2013-2015