Hal Caswell

Dr. Hal Caswell

Emeritus Research Scholar

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Contact Information:
Work: 508-289-2751
Building: Redfield 1-08

Mailing Address:
266 Woods Hole Road, MS #34
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Research Interests

I study the mathematical ecology of populations and communities. I use models that include the life cycle, the vital rates, dispersal patterns, and temporal and spatial variation in the environment. I use these models to explore population growth, extinction, invasion, and spatial pattern, and apply the results to conservation biology. My research is defined by processes, not taxa; at the moment it considers marine mammals, seabirds, terrestrial plants, and benthic invertebrates.

Information for prospective students

I advise Ph.D. students through the MIT/WHOI Joint Program, BUT I am not considering students for fall 2013. Students working in my lab in the past have studied theoretical/analytical problems and carried out analyses of particular ecological systems. A good background in, and a high level of comfort with, mathematics is necessary. You can find out about some of the projects underway in the Projects section of this website. See http://www.whoi.edu/page.do?pid=7999 for more information about the program.


Ph.D., Michigan State University, 1974 (Zoology)

B.S. (with high honor), Michigan State University, 1971 (Zoology)