Christian Che-Castaldo

U.S. Geological Survey, Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit
Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison


I am a quantitative ecologist interested in population and community ecology, primary succession, and building pipelines to facilitate species conservation. My research focuses on combining remote sensing with long-term ecological data using Bayesian hierarchical models, with an emphasis on high-performance computing, forecasting, and reproducible science. I am co-developer of 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.

I have recently joined the Wisconsin Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit as an Assistant Unit Leader and am looking forward to developing new projects focused on wildlife in Wisconsin and beyond. Stay tuned for a lab webpage but, in the meantime, if you are interested in collaborating or joining my lab in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison please don’t hesitate to reach out.