Kristin L. Laidre, Ph.D.

Kristin Laidre is a Principal Scientist at the Polar Science Center, Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Washington working on problems of applied animal ecology.  She is an Assistant Professor at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences and is partially supported by the Greenland Institute of Natural Resources in Nuuk, Greenland. Her research is field-based, largely empirical, and focuses on using quantitative data on individual movements, foraging behavior, and life history of Arctic top predators to understand population dynamics, uniting aspects of behavioral, population, and evolutionary ecology.  She is particularly interested in linking individual performance to an animal’s selection for habitat resources and predicting how these relationships will be impacted by climate change. Her questions have been primarily directed at the ecology and management of Arctic marine mammals, specifically cetaceans and polar bears around Greenland. Her interests also include conservation and wildlife management, scaling questions in ecology, and the application of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to spatial data.