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Approach

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Approach 2018-07-05T14:06:25+00:00

Deakin University Research Networks are designed for partnering.

  • World-class researchers across the spectrum of disciplines.
  • Co-funding for post-doctoral fellowships and PhD scholarships.
  • Leverage your research dollars through additional granting opportunities such as ARC Linkage.

Biodiversity declines are costing human societies in the order of trillions of dollars annually of lost benefits, with species losses amounting to the sixth mass extinction in the planet’s history. The TechnEcology network, in partnerships with environmental agencies, NGOs and industry, aims to play its role in reversing these losses by linking people to nature through new technologies.

The TechnEcology approach is to leverage a range of new technologies to monitor nature, including engaging citizen scientists and evaluating the benefits for conservation, health and well being. For example, one challenge is to develop novel Artificial Intelligence that automatically identifies wildlife from images recorded by purpose-built video-traps. Citizen scientists could then apply the traps across landscapes to make discoveries about the distribution of species, their interactions with each other and how they are affected by the built environment. The TechnEcology team can then evaluate the health and economic benefits of citizen science projects to demonstrate the value of this approach.