Diego Ellis Soto

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PhD Student

Diego is a PhD student in the Jetz lab interested in the causes and consequences of animal movement. Particularly he aims to study how rapid environmental and anthropogenic change affects animal space and habitat use. With a focus on the movement and distributions of individuals, populations and species using emergent technologies such as GPS tracking, remote sensing, and citizen science he is interested in ecological forecasting at fine spatio-temporal scales. Diego obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Germany, at the University of Trier and University of Konstanz. Prior to joining the Jetz lab, Diego was a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology doing a variety of fieldwork and working for Movebank, the largest database for animal movement data. Most of his fieldwork experience has been on giant tortoises in the Galapagos Islands and on birds and bats in southern Germany. Diego is passioned about emergent open-source technologies, scientific communication and bringing the humanities and the sciences closer together. When he is not coding or writing on his computer, you can find him birdwatching at East Rock Park, making music or walking his dog.

Area of Interest: 
Movement ecology, island biogeography, tropical biodiversity, eco-informatics