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Affiliation: 
Applied Biomathematics
Title: Senior Scientist
Expertise: 
ecological risk assessment; metapopulation modeling; population viability analysis

Biography

H. Resit Akcakaya is Senior Scientist at Applied Biomathematics (Setauket, NY), an ecological research and software company. Dr. Akcakaya is a quantitative ecologist with experience in modeling, risk assessment, metapopulation dynamics, and population viability analysis. He has over 80 publications in conservation biology and theoretical ecology; he is a co-author of two textbooks (Risk Assessment in Conservation Biology and Applied Population Ecology), and the lead editor of Species Conservation and Management: Case Studies, which includes population and metapopulation models for 37 plant and animal species. One of the principal architects of the RAMAS software library, Dr Akcakaya developed models for risk assessment and modeling of metapopulations, for integrating metapopulation dynamics with geographic information systems, and for incorporating uncertainty into IUCN criteria for threatened species. He served on the Criteria Review Working Group of the IUCN, and is currently chair of the IUCN Red List Standards and Petitions Subcommittee, which develops guidelines for threatened and endangered species assessments, and evaluates petitions against the red-listing of these species. He also serves on the editorial boards of Conservation Biology and Population Ecology.