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Paul Conn, Dr.




Marine Mammal Laboratory





Marine Mammal Laboratory
Alaska Fisheries Science Center/NOAA
7600 Sand Point Way N.E.
Seattle, WA 98115-6349

Current Activities

Paul Conn is a statistician with MMLís Polar Ecology Program. His primary research focus is in developing and applying statistical and mathematical models to analyze the ecology and demography of animal populations. These efforts include modeling aerial survey counts, analyzing tagging data, and fitting integrated population models. Increasingly, Paulís research necessitates using Bayesian, hierarchical models to conduct inference on population dynamics across time and/or space. His current assignments include modeling haulout probabilities of ice associated seals and producing population estimates for ice seals in the Bering Sea.


Before joining NMML, Paul was a research statistician at the NOAA lab in Beaufort, NC, where he focused research on animal population dynamics and fisheries stock assessment. He has also worked as a postdoctoral researcher on avian disease dynamics at Cornell University and as a research associate at Patuxent Wildlife Research Center. He holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Grinnell College, a Masterís in Biomathematics from N.C. State University, and a PhD in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University.

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