Wings over Wildlife

March 30, 2014

The number of UAS uses in Conservation Biology is exploding. Often far away from "civilization", silent unmanned aircraft can quietly track wildlife, map the land and provide the data for new models of population, movement or  migration. Our methodological projects involving adaptive mapping, tracking and and individual identification found a home in a collaboration with Princeton, UIC and the Mpala Research Center to develop targeted wildlife observing systems. Katelyn Wolfenberger, who is now working on Lightfield imaging by drone for her thesis, coined the term "Wings over Wildlife" for our wings over wildlife endeavors, including:

  1. Land-surface mapping with synthetic aperture
  2. Adaptive Tracking and Modeling of movement
  3. Glider Photography and Sloop Flyer (also see here)

The Itzamna supplied aircraft at Mpala was launched just by rover, an effective solution for wildlife:

On Final, thank goodness for nice strips: