Emerging Technologies to Conserve Biodiversity

Stuart L. Pimm, Sky Alibhai, Richard Bergl, Alex Dehgan, Chandra Giri, Zoë Jewell, Lucas Joppa, Roland Kays, Scott Loarie
2015 Trends in Ecology & Evolution  
Technologies to identify individual animals, follow their movements, identify and locate animal and plant species, and assess the status of their habitats remotely have become better, faster, and cheaper as threats to the survival of species are increasing. New technologies alone do not save species, and new data create new problems. For example, improving technologies alone cannot prevent poaching: solutions require providing appropriate tools to the right people. Habitat loss is another
more » ... : the challenge here is to connect existing sophisticated remote sensing with species occurrence data to predict where species remain. Other challenges include assembling a wider public to crowdsource data, managing the massive quantities of data generated, and developing solutions to rapidly emerging threats. The Challenge and Opportunity of New Technologies Human actions are exterminating species at exceptional rates and threaten large fractions of species across many taxa [1] . Over most of the land [2] and oceans [3], humans have eliminated top predators and large-bodied species, massively changing the remaining ecological communities [4, 5] . Finally, although there has been impressive progress to protect more land and ocean, the range of ecosystems protected is uneven [6] . International consensus affirms the severity of these problems [7] and demands solutions.
doi:10.1016/j.tree.2015.08.008 pmid:26437636 fatcat:4m66aitjsvd45fauowofpfkrnm