Christian Che-Castaldo

IACS Postdoctoral Fellow, Stony Brook University


I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Institute for Advanced Computational Science at Stony Brook University. My research at IACS focuses on modeling penguin population dynamics in a Bayesian framework that combines remote sensing imagery with long-term ecological datasets, with an emphasis on high-performance computing, forecasting, and reproducible science. This work is an extension of my postdoctoral research with Heather Lynch at Stony Brook University, where I co-developed the Antarctic Penguin Biogeography Project, an open access decision support tool designed for Southern Ocean managers, scientists, and the public.

I also have a long-standing interest in the ecological recovery of Mount St. Helens following its 1980 volcanic eruption. For my doctoral research with Bill Fagan at the University of Maryland, I studied how stress-mediated synchronization between an insect herbivore and its food source helps direct terrestrial succession on Mount St. Helens. I am currently collaborating with the USFS Pacific Northwest Research Station and the USGS Cascade Peak Observatory to better understand how hydrology and geomorphology impact amphibian niche partitioning on the debris avalanche.