New funding to support a synthesis of mangrove threats, governance, and conservation outcomes.

  • Posted by Marina Richardson
  • On December 11, 2020
By Dr Mischa Turschwell & Dr Dominic Andradi-Brown Mangrove forests are critical ecosystems that support threatened species and provide vital ecosystem services including the provision of habitat for fishes and other marine species, protecting shorelines from erosion and the storage and sequestration of carbon, a process critical in the fight against climate change. Despite the […]
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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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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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Fragmentation threatens mangrove forests but protection can help….in some areas 

  • Posted by Ellen Ditria
  • On June 4, 2020
By Dr Mischa Turschwell, Global Wetlands Project    Mangrove forest conservation is increasingly attracting international interest. That’s because mangroves support incredible biodiversity, enhance fisheries, protect vulnerable coastal communities from storms, and reduce climate change by storing carbon.     Unfortunately, mangrove forests remain one of the worlds most threatened ecosystems. Pressures from forest fragmentation, climate change, increasing exploitation by humans, and altered river flows all continue to degrade and impact […]
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How can we best assess the threats and status of connected coastal wetland habitats?

  • Posted by Ellen Ditria
  • On May 14, 2020
By Dr Michael Sievers   Habitat degradation is a global crisis. Quantifying and evaluating habitat change and its impacts on ecosystem function is needed to inform management and conservation that ultimately safeguards biodiversity and human benefits. Many of these benefits in coastal ecosystems depend not only on habitat status, but also its connections with other […]
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