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Research Interests

  • Movement ecology
  • Statistical inference
  • Stochastic processes and spatial fields


  • PhD, Physics, University of Maryland
  • BS, Physics, Mathematics and Statistics, University of South Alabama


In a previous life as a physicist, Dr. Fleming studied the random motion of particles, with a thesis on dissipative quantum systems. In his post-doctoral studies, he transitioned to studying the random motion of animals in the quantitative ecology lab of Dr. Calabrese, alongside postdocs Michael Noonan and Guillaume Péron. Here he has been addressing the unique needs of movement ecology by appropriating techniques from physics, geostatistics, and engineering when appropriate, and deriving new analyses as necessary. Dr. Fleming maintains the ctmm R package for continuous-time movement modeling ( and has taught the flagship AniMove course since 2014.

See Christen Fleming’s UMCP profile