Deep learning for ecological monitoring: performance in novel habitats and benefits of varied training data

  • Posted by Ellen Ditria
  • On October 26, 2020
By Ellen Ditria, PhD candidate Deep learning has fast become recognised as a powerful data processing tool for ecologists faced with vast amounts of image-based data. The ability of deep learning to accurately detect target species in videos and images unlocks the potential for rapid processing of data that usually requires hours of manual labour. […]
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Integrating Artificial Intelligence and Citizen Science can Supercharge Ecological Monitoring

  • Posted by Marina Richardson
  • On October 19, 2020
Integrating Artificial Intelligence and Citizen Science can Supercharge Ecological Monitoring By Dr. Eva McClure   People often imagine the future of technology, and science fiction has depicted many dystopian futures where artificial intelligence (AI) has taken over human civilisation. While AI surpassing human cognition is still in the realms of science fiction, AI technology and […]
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How can computer vision supercharge fish connectivity research?

  • Posted by Marina Richardson
  • On October 13, 2020
By Sebastian Lopez-Marcano  (@seabassphd) Studying animal movement is crucial. Animal movement research is conducted to monitor ecosystem health, understand ecological dynamics and address management and conservation questions. In marine environments, there are different methods to measure fish movement. From nets, tags and statistical modelling, the use of different techniques are providing us with new information […]
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Cautious optimism for the mighty Indian Sundarbans mangrove forest

  • Posted by Marina Richardson
  • On September 14, 2020
Cautious optimism for the mighty Indian Sundarbans mangrove forest By Dr Michael Sievers and Dr Mahua Roy Chowdhury Despite historic clearing and an Endangered status, there are positive signs when it comes to one of the largest mangrove ecosystems in the world. The Indian Sundarbans form part of one of the world’s largest mangrove forests. […]
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Balancing conflicting human values for seagrass, saltmarsh and mangroves

  • Posted by Chris Brown
  • On July 25, 2020
The coast sits the intersection of many human activities. Management of coastal ecosystems is challenged by the conflicting values that humans hold for the coasts, including conservation, shipping, fishing, aquaculture, recreation and many others. One objective of the Global Wetlands Project is to help find ways that management can balance these different values for coasts […]
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Long-distance sea turtle migration provides unique opportunity to combine and test exciting tracking techniques

  • Posted by Ryan Pearson
  • On July 17, 2020
By Dr Ryan Pearson In February 2016, a female loggerhead sea turtle dubbed ‘Marloo’ had a satellite transmitter attached to her shell on a beach south of Exmouth, Western Australia by the Gnaraloo wilderness foundation. Many months, and more than 4000 km’s, later she was recovered on an island near Darwin. Aub Strydom found a […]
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Automated fish identification and abundance using artificial intelligence

  • Posted by Ellen Ditria
  • On June 26, 2020
By Ellen Ditria While running video footage fresh from your underwater camera into a computer that automatically identifies species and determines abundance may seem like wishful thinking for ecologists, successes in recent research shows we’re close to having an accessible tool for researchers. The use of camera technology in aquatic sciences has increase rapidly over […]
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Data Science: The new language of ecologists

  • Posted by Ellen Ditria
  • On June 24, 2020
By PhD candidate Sebastian Lopez-Marcano  Read Time: 416 words about 3 minutes. Data creates magic. In ecology, data is necessary to make targeted management decisions. New tools (i.e. deep learning / computer vision) are allowing data to be processed at vast rates which is making data more accessible and useful. However, converting raw data into meaningful insights for ecological research can be challenging.  Data nodes. Photo: Akamai. Through the years, ecologists have become familiar […]
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Computer Vision Resources: Fish Classification Datasets

  • Posted by Ellen Ditria
  • On June 17, 2020
by Sebastian Lopez Computer vision is transforming the collection and processing of digital imagery for ecology and conservation. In aquatic environments, computer vision tools for automatic fish identification are heavily sought after, but robust and open-access fish datasets are hard to find. Here, I share some of the most used, open-access and updated fish datasets […]
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Building a sustainable future for seagrass ecosystems

  • Posted by Ellen Ditria
  • On June 9, 2020
Seagrass ecosystems are among the most productive on the earth, providing a huge diversity of ecosystem functions and services that directly benefit humans. Despite this, seagrass habitats are usually overshadowed by some of the more charismatic ecosystems such as bright, colourful coral reefs. A report led by UNEP released on World Oceans Day has assembled […]
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