New publication in PLoS ONE

Calling puma conservationists!  Monitoring the puma is challenging; they are shy and elusive. We’ve just published a new, non-invasive approach using footprint identification:

Alibhai S, Jewell Z, Evans J (2017) The challenge of monitoring elusive large carnivores: An accurate and cost-effective tool to identify and sex pumas (Puma concolor) from footprints. PLOS ONE 12(3): e0172065. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0172065

FIT for Otters in Suffolk

FIT is being used to identify otters in collaboration with the Suffolk-based Stanny Field Centre in the UK (http://www.stannyfarm.org/Field/otterProj.html).  This Centre recently hosted the first FIT otter workshop, taught by Frederick Kistner, an otter ecologist.  It was a great success, and the first step towards monitoring the ongoing recovery of wild otters.

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Participants engaging in a Q &A session with WildTrack.

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WildTrack features for Business Roundtable (BRT) 2016

Business for Wildlife! We’re thrilled to have been chosen by SAS to feature in the new 2016 roundtable report ‘Create, Grow, Sustain’!

SAS is a member of the Business Roundtable (http://businessroundtable.org/about) consisting of leading US companies with $7 trillion in annual revenues.  https://businessroundtable.org/resources/sustainability/2016/companies/sas-sustainability-2016

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Box turtle neighbourhood watch

The Piedmont Wildlife Center (PWC) in Durham is encouraging citizen scientists to sign up and help monitor Box turtles (Terrapene carolina carolina)) in North Carolina, where sadly they have no protection.

WildTrack is working to develop a system to identify individuals from their shell patterns and keep track of their progress. The turtles are about to come out of their winter hibernation for imaging.  If we succeed it will be the first FIT for reptiles!

Box turtle neighbourhood watch article

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Forum article ‘Protecting Global Biodiversity’ just published….

Technologies have so much to offer towards protecting global biodiversity, but only if they are appropriately deployed.  Together with colleague Stuart Pimm, we comment on the pros and cons in this Forum article published today.

Pimm, S., Jewell, Z.C. &  Alibhai, S.K. (2016) Comment on ‘Technologies for Conserving Biodiversity in the Anthropocene’, by John O’Brien. Forum response for Issues in Science and Technology. “Forum.” Issues in Science and Technology 32, no. 2 (Winter 2016). http://issues.org/32-2/forum-29/

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