How can mobile and social technologies help scientists to gain a deeper understanding of the world around them and share their findings with the world? Join TimeRaiser and TWG for a fun and informative event exploring the relationship between ecology and technology. We’ll be blending short presentations and panel Q&A with a chance for you to spend some one-on-one time with three leading scientists. We’ll have animal-themed snacks and the chance to get creative as we explore the impact of tech on bats, caribou and elephants.
No elephants were harmed in the writing of this event description
Jake Wall is a PhD candidate at UBC studying elephant migration. He is researching African elephants in conjunction with Save The Elephants (an organization based in Kenya but working across Africa – www.savetheelephants.org). STE has been GPS tracking elephants in Kenya since 1998 and has amassed a database of nearly 2 million recorded fixes from over 100 individuals.
Craig Willis, an Associate Professor in Biology at the University of Winnipeg. His works aims to understand what motivates small bodied mammals in their decisions about where to live, when to be active and inactive, and how to maintain a balance between energy intake and expenditure, using insect-eating bats and small ground-living mammals as model organisms. He is focussed on two conservation issues specific to North American bats: the effects of wind farms on migratory bats and white-nose syndrome, a devastating disease of hibernating bats. See the research page for more details.
Megan Hazell: Megan is a senior wildlife biologist working for AMEC, a large, multi-international science and engineering consulting firm. She has over 15 years of field and analytical experience in the field of wildlife biology largely focused on conservation and management issues pertaining to large mammals and more recently reptiles. Prior to joining to joining AMEC she worked with the University of Toronto on the Hudson Bay Project and the University of Guelph on the North American Elk project to reintroduce elk into Ontario and as well as the Ontario Wolf Project; projects that included monitoring wildlife with advanced GPS tracking and satellite systems. At AMEC she is currently involved in several large research and monitoring programs for Boreal Caribou in northern Ontario including the monitoring over 50 caribou via satellite in the James Bay Lowlands. She also leads one of the largest snake monitoring programs in the province where data collection is undertaken using specially designed implantable tracking devices and a mobile tracking application that allows for data to be viewed and assessed in real time.
Moderator: Anil Patel, Founder: TimeRaiser