Technology for Nature Event

Jun 5, 2014 in News | 0 comments

As part of an annual series of academic exchanges between the French Embassy in London and University College London (UCL), this year the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research (CBER) at UCL are hosting a series of public debates and workshops with French colleagues around the theme ‘State of Nature’. The first event, on 10th June 2014, is called ‘Technology for Nature?’. Prof. Kate Jones (CBER) will be hosting Prof. Romain Julliard and his research group from the National Museum of Natural History, Paris, France. The day will...

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Organised crime in wildlife on the up

Feb 20, 2014 in News | 0 comments

No, I’m not talking about the odd picnic basket going missing from yellowstone or evil snow leopards trying to take over! Organised criminal groups that have traditionally been involved in drugs, people trafficking and other heinous crimes have turned their attention to wildlife; from tiger pelts to rhino horns and a host in-between. This illegal market is worth an estimated $19 billion a year and is rapidly growing. In 2007 13 rhinos were killed, but that has risen to 1004 in 2013. A meeting was held at ZSL to come up with an action...

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Digital Conservation Conference

Feb 20, 2014 in News | 0 comments

University of Aberdeen to host a conference on using technology for conservation, 21st-23rd of May. Technology for Nature’s Lucas Joppa will be delivering one of the keynote lectures. For more information go to:

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Help the starfish

Feb 6, 2014 in News | 0 comments

A mysterious disease is decimating starfish populations, scientists seek the help of citizen scientists via twitter. Can you help? If you are out diving, rock pooling or you notice starfish washed up on a beech near you use the #sickstarfish or #nosickstarfish tags to help scientists assess the extent of this epidemic that is causing unprecedented mass die-offs. To find out more about the situation you can watch the PBS news report here: Or check...

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Sharks on Twitter

Jan 13, 2014 in News | 0 comments

338 Australian sharks are now on Twitter (yep sharks, think, Jaws, fish, sharp teeth, and the ‘da-nah, da-nah, da-nah’ music!) You can follow them here: @SLSWA   Ok fine, the sharks aren’t tweeting themselves, but they have been fitted with GPS trackers, and when they get within half a mile of a beech, a computer alert is triggered and sent out via twitter on the Surf Life Saving Western Australia twitter account. You can read more about the story here:...

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Computational Ecology in the Field!

Jan 6, 2014 in News | 0 comments

An amazing computational ecology course being held in Kenya this month. Follow it here: About the course: In Jan 2010 and 2012 Computer Science at the U Illinois at Chicago and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Princeton organized a joint field computational ecology course in Kenya bringing together students to foster inter-disciplinary research. Computer scientists and ecologists from UIC, RPI, MIT, Princeton, UC Davis, and Microsoft Research are participating this year...

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Technology for nature at Duxford next week

Nov 25, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Next week on the 3rd of December Technology for Nature will be at ‘Think Computer Science’ Duxford Come along and see our demos where we’ll show you how Microsoft Research is using technological innovations to help combat the loss of biodiversity. See how we track and analyse the movements of animals with sensing devices and drones!

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Next Week at the Royal Society!

Jun 24, 2013 in News | 0 comments

Technology for Nature are part of this summers science exhibition at the Royal Society from Monday 1st July. Come and see some of our work in person, learn about the science and get to grips with some of our technologies! Read about our exhibit here: And visit our blog to find out more!  ...

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New TfN Website

Feb 9, 2013 in News | 0 comments

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our newly revised and revamped website, complete with our new Technology for Nature logo. Over the coming weeks we’ll be updating and adding new projects and insights to our unit’s work and will include an update to our exciting call for collaborations to provide research groups with up to 20 all-inclusive Mataki devices for selected scientific projects. Mataki is an an open-source, lightweight, wirelessly enabled, flexible system that enables GPS tracking and wireless communication...

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Mataki, call for collaborations

Jan 8, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Mataki, call for collaborations

Mataki, a new tracking technology. Call for collaborations A flagship project of the Technology for Nature unit (TfN) is a novel tracking system developed by Dr Robin Freeman at Microsoft Research, named Mataki. Mataki represents cutting-edge technology for tracking animals via GPS, packing sophisticated software into one of the world’s smallest animal tracking devices, at a price that makes the power of GPS tracking available to all. Mataki is an open-source, lightweight, wirelessly enabled, flexible system that enables GPS tracking and...

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