Environmental scientists have developed a new, low-cost way to save rare animals and plants from poachers and plunderers – using maths.
In a new study, researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (CEED), the Wildlife Conservation Society, Imperial College London and the Uganda Wildlife Authority are using a cunning mathematical model to outwit poachers in central Africa.
By studying the poachers' incursion patterns and prioritising patrols, the technology can improve protection of endangered animals and plants where they most need it, while minimising patrol and conservation costs, say Dr Richard Fuller and Dr James Watson of CEED and The University of Queensland (UQ).
The Environmental Decisions Group is a network of conservation researchers working on the science of effective decision making to better conserve biodiversity. The EDG includes a variety of Australian and International research centres, hubs and teams, all focused on Environmental Decisions Science, including, but not limited to:
With such a wide range of scientific institutions and groups involved in The EDG, including hundreds of researchers ranging from PhD, Masters and Honours students, through Early Career Researchers to senior Research fellows, research funding obviously comes from a variety of sources. However in 2011, The EDG simultaneously secured substantial funding through the Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence program and the Australian Governments National Environmental Research Program.
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