Florent Bled

Quantitative Ecologist
180 E. Green St.  
Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources  
University of Georgia  
Athens, GA 30602  
[email protected]

My research interests are at the interface between statistics and ecology, aiming at explicitly integrating ecological processes in a meaningful statistical framework. I incorporate theories developed in the framework of behavioral, population and landscape ecology to provide realistic and efficient tools and solutions for population management and conservation. More particularly, my research focuses on the development of spatially explicit methods for estimating changes in population range and abundance.

I am currently a research associate working with the South Florida Deer Research Project, where I analyze GPS telemetry data to understand the effects of hydrology, predation, and hunting on white-tailed deer survival and behavior. This is also a great occasion to develop new statistical methods merging survival analyses and movement analyses to improve our understanding of the drivers of deer predation and mortality.

I am also the author of Prelude in R, an introduction to the statistical program R, mixing practical explanations of R basics, exercises, and bad jokes.

I earned my B.S. from the University of Rennes, and my M.S. and Ph.D. from the University Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France.

Prior to the Chandler Lab,  I have worked on the evaluation of population and harvest monitoring methods for coastal brown bear populations. I have also worked on the development of spatially explicit trend models for the North American Breeding Bird Survey at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, and of spatially explicit dynamic occupancy models for the South African Bird Atlas Project at the University of Cape Town.

Other projects I’ve worked on focused on species such as lions, bobcats, martens, fishers, manatees, flycatchers, kittiwakes and others.

You can find a succinct CV and list of my publications here!