CIE Seminar Series 2015 – Deakin Faculty Industry Collaboration Grant: A Geoinformatic Solution to translating research information to conservation managers

CIE Seminar Dec 1st 2015SPEAKER: Joint presentation by Adjunct Associate Professor Barbara Wilson, School of Life & Environmental Sciences, Deakin University and Dr Juan Adeva, Solais Geoinformatics Pty Ltd

DATE: Tuesday, 1st December 2015
LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood, room T3.05
TIME: 2:00 – 3:00pm
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, room ka4.207; and Warrnambool Campus, room B3.03

ABSTRACT: Geoinformatics and web mapping provides an elegant solution to unlocking scientific research and translating this information for decision support and reporting tools in frontline conservation.

In this presentation we will demonstrate a proof-of-concept prototype web mapping system for research and monitoring outcomes at sites in the eastern Otway Ranges – Aurora Otway.

This system is built on three sample sites from the Wilson data set; a database with over 100 individual survey and research sites, some within in excess of 35 years of data on mammal species abundance and other environmental records. Aurora Otway demonstrates web mapping capabilities to access, display, report and export information from SQL. NoSQL and Geospatial databases through state-of-the-art geospatial crawler and indexing technology.

Conservation managers easily access research data, time-series environmental control charts, digital photographs (including fauna camera trapping) and text documents, including research theses and journal publications. Managers have a high degree of query control and can search analytics – this is demonstrated through the more powerful search and analytics capability in the Aurora NRM web mapping system.

Web mapping systems can be built to include Geographical Information Systems functionality, and easily display spatially explicit data such as fire history and vegetation divisions or communities and provides a platform for automation of management effectiveness reports.

BIO – Barbara Wilson: During her career in academia, government and private industry Barbara has developed considerable knowledge and experience in ecological research, environmental management, and government policy.

As Associate Professor (Deakin University, Victoria, Murdoch University, Western Australia) she led highly productive research teams focused on understanding Australian ecosystems.

Major research fields include: ecology, reproduction of native fauna, effects of fire on mammal fauna, Status of endangered species, impacts of Phytophthora cinnamomi on biodiversity, Biodiversity values and the sustainability of underground aquifers.

Barbara held leadership roles in Western Australian Government Environment and Conservation agencies, and also has extensive experience contributing to policy development as a member of Federal and State advisory bodies in areas including conservation legislation, forestry, National Parks, fire and land management.

Barbara’s international appointments included Visiting Fellow, Yale University, USA and Visiting Professor, University of Gottingen, Germany.

Her current research includes assessing long term mammal declines, cost effective monitoring programs and the field of Ecoinformatics.

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