Thursday, November 2, 2017

Carleton’s Steven Cooke to Present 2017 Peeter Kruus Lecture

Carleton University’s Technology, Society, Environmental Studies in the Faculty of Science presents the 2017 Peeter Kruus Lecture on “For good or for bad? Techno-science and wildlife conservation,” which will be presented by Steven Cooke.

When: Monday, Nov. 6, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Where: 624 Southam Hall, Carleton University
Info: Event is free and open to the public.

Media are invited to attend.


Conservation scientists are increasingly relying on technology to study conservation problems and to identify potential solutions to the biodiversity crisis. For example, the challenges of studying wild animals in cryptic habitats such as the depths of the oceans or in deep forest cover have led scientists to adopt animal tracking tools. Electronic tags can be applied to animals, allowing scientists to document their exact position in near real time. Knowing where animals are distributed in space and time is fundamental for identifying critical habitats and for assessing population biology. Yet, the same information desired by conservation practitioners can also put wildlife at risk if it ends up in the wrong hands. This presentation will explore the good and the bad of animal tracking technology, including topics such as animal privacy and cyber poaching.

About Steven Cooke

Cooke is a professor and Canada Research Chair of Environmental Science and Biology at Carleton in the field of fish ecology and conservation physiology. Cooke is also a professor in the Biology Department at the University of Waterloo and an affiliate research scientist at the Illinois Natural History Survey.

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