Justine Atkins

Tarnita Lab
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107A Guyot Hall

I am interested in the interaction between animal movement behavior and environmental heterogeneity, particularly in relation to the individual decision-making process. My research focuses on illuminating the factors that affect the movement decisions of an individual, how individual-level decisions scale up to population dynamics, and applying animal movement models to conservation work. I graduated with a double-bachelor degree in Biology and History in 2013 and a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honors in Biological Sciences in 2014, from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. My Honors dissertation used spatially explicit individual-based simulation modelling to explore the interactive effects of trade-offs among intrinsic species characteristics and landscape structure on dispersal ability. I’ve also assisted with a variety of ecological field work, with particular experience in the tracking and population monitoring of New Zealand native birds. Currently, I am working on my PhD thesis research which is focused on quantifying individual variation in movement behavior and using a state-dependent framework to understand the significance of this variation at the population level. I conduct field work in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, where I work with collaborators from the Pringle Lab at Princeton University and the University of Idaho to track the movement of three large antelope species in a spatially-patterned landscape.