Josh Cullen, PhD

Josh Cullen, PhD

NSF Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Florida State University

I am a postdoc fellow in Mariana Fuentes' lab developing a transferable species distribution modeling approach. This includes the integration of different sources of species occurrence data (e.g., sightings, telemetry), accounting for habitat preferences of different age classes (e.g., juveniles, adults), and using species' physiology (e.g., thermal tolerance) to inform habitat suitability. In general, my research takes an integrative approach to understand how animals interact with their environment.

My previous work has included the use of different types of data (morphological, performance, diet, toxicology, movement) to model resource use within a single species, how this may change as it gets older/larger, and how this compares against potential competitors. By incorporating multiple lines of evidence, we can develop a more complete understanding of an animal’s ecology and predict how it will respond to anthropogenic pressure and climate change. Additionally, I have developed a set of non-parametric Bayesian models to estimate latent behavioral states from animal movement data, which are included within the bayesmove R package.

Interests
  • Movement Ecology
  • Trophic Ecology
  • Ecotoxicology
  • Comparative Biomechanics & Ecomorphology
Education
  • Ph.D. Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences, 2019

    Texas A&M University

  • B.S. Biological Sciences, 2013

    Clemson University