Berger-Wolf co-organizes session on computational approaches in conservation at AAAS meeting

TDAI Faculty Directory Tanya Berger-Wolf and Daniel Rubenstein of Princeton University have organized a session at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s 2020 meeting in Seattle, Feb. 13-16, entitled “Nature Conservation and Computational Technologies: Expanding the Scale.”

Tanya Berger-Wolf (with camera) and Daniel Rubenstein (driving) at the 2020 Great Grevy’s Rally in Kenya

The session, which starts at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, will showcase the range of computational approaches in conservation, from using sensors to monitor animal life cycle, to designing AI solutions to deter poaching, to creating technology to managing ecosystems on a global scale. It will feature three talks:

Berger-Wolf and Rubenstein are long-term long collaborators on using novel computational approaches to understand wild populations and animal behavior and creating solutions to preserve the biodiversity of the planet. They are co-founders of the AI for wildlife conservation platform Wildbook, which is becoming the data foundation for wildlife science, conservation and policy. The platform enabled the first-ever full species census (of the endangered Grevy’s zebra) using photographs taken by ordinary citizens in Kenya. The resulting numbers are now the official species census used by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species and are the basis of Kenya’s conservation management policy. (Read National Geographic‘s article about Wildbook here.)

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