Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program:
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Staff Member

Dr. Christopher Stuart Sutherland

Chris Sutherland

Post Doc


Chris joined us after having just completed his PhD at the University of Aberdeen, where his focus was on the role of demography and dispersal in shaping colonization-extinction dynamics in a naturally fragmented population of small mammals (water voles Arvicola amphibious). Chris obtained a BSc. in Biological Sciences from the University of Brighton before moving to Aberdeen where he received a Masters in Ecology and Environmental Sustainability. For his undergraduate thesis, he evaluated the use of distance sampling methods (walked and driven transects) as an effective tool for measuring the abundance of a range of ungulates on a small private reserve in Southern Africa. His masters' thesis was a capture-mark-recapture study of a population of Tawny owls Strix aluco focusing on the effects of pulsed resources (irregular seed masts resulting in sporadic small mammal outbreaks) and seasonality (summer vs. winter) on survival. In addition to his academic endeavors, Chris has been involved in projects including; a large scale, long term monitoring program of carnivores in Southern Africa with a particular focus on the brown hyaena; the monitoring, control and removal of the invasive grey squirrel from North East Scotland; the monitoring, control and removal of the invasive American mink from the North of Scotland; and the conservation and reintroduction of the protected water vole. Chris' research interests involve spatial ecology, particularly (meta)population dynamics in f...

Research Publications Publication Date
Sutherland, C., A. K. Fuller, and J.A. Royle. 2014. Modeling non-Euclidean movement and landscape connectivity in highly structured ecological networks. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 6: 169–177. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12316 | Abstract February 2015
Royle, J.A., C. Sutherland, A.K. Fuller, and C.C. Sun. 2015. Likelihood analysis of spatial capture-recapture models for stratified or class structured populations. Ecosphere. | Abstract February 2015
Fuller, A.K., C.S. Sutherland, J.A. Royle, and M.P. Hare. 2016. Estimating population density and connectivity of American mink using spatial capture-recapture. Ecological Applications. April 2016
Presentations Presentation Date
Sutherland, C., A.K. Fuller, and J.A. Royle. The importance of accounting for biologically realistic movements patterns for abundance estimates using spatial capture-recapture. New York Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit Coordinating Committee Meeting. September 16, 2014. September 2014
Sutherland, C., A. K. Fuller, and J. A. Royle. Measuring non-Euclidean movement patterns in structured habitat networks using spatial capture-recapture models. International Statistical Ecology Conference 2014, Montpellier, France. 4 July, 2014. July 2014
Sutherland, C. A.K. Fuller, and J.A. Royle. 2015. Estimating abundance when landscape structure determines patterns of both space-use and density. 22nd Annual Conference of The Wildlife Society. Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 21 October, 2015. October 2015
Crum, N., A.K. Fuller, and C. Sutherland. Estimating the occurrence of moose in New York using hunter survey data. 71st Annual Northeast Fish and Wildlife Conference. 21 April, 2015. April 2015