Drones for Ecology and Conservation
Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS), a.k.a. drones, are now a critically important tool for most conservation and ecological research programs. For many years I have collaborated with ConservationDrones.org to explore new ways that drones can benefit conservation projects and organizations in all corners of the planet. 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.
In 2016 I co-founded the High Latitude Drone Ecology Network (HiLDEN) to: 1. help polar researchers share methods and collaborate on drone-related research, and 2. to investigate broad-scale questions about Arctic change and their linkages to local-scale processes. More details at ArcticDrones.org.
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.