ecologist and photograper


Drones for Ecology and Conservation


Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), a.k.a. drones, are emerging as an important tool for conservation and ecological research.  For the past several years I have collaborated with to explore new ways that drones can benefit conservation projects and organizations.  I also use aerial photography (from kites and drones) in my own work studying tundra dynamics in the arctic.  These projects involve numerous collaborators and interdisciplinary approaches.

I co-founded the High Latitude Drone Ecology Network (HiLDEN) in winter of 2016 to: 1. help polar researchers share and collaborate on drone-related research using consistent methods, and 2. to investigate broad-scale questions about Arctic change and their linkages to local-scale processes. More details at


AGU 2016  (San Francisco, CA) - Co-Founded the High Latitude Drone Ecology Network

Arctic Change 2017 (Quebec City, Canada) - Second meeting of HiLDEN and oral presentation on network development / preliminary results.

International Tundra Experiment Meeting 2018 (Stirling, UK) - Sharing methods and perspectives for network adaptation.

Arctic Biodiversity Congress Meeting 2018 (Rovaniemi, Finland) - Drones for Biodiversity Research and Network Update.