Tracking Antarctic penguin populations

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Tracking Antarctic penguin populations

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Dr. Heather Lynch is working at the intersection of geography, remote sensing, statistical modelling, and ecology to map the distribution and abundance of Antarctic penguins. She isusingcomputer vision and deep learning to help train computers to identify penguin colonies and estimate penguin populations based on guano stains visible in satellite imagery. Dr. Heather Lynch, a quantitative ecologist and IACS Endowed Chair of Ecology & Evolutionat Stony Brook University, is working to overcome these challenges. Dr. Lynch has spent over a decade modeling every aspect of penguin population dynamics and developing the underlying methods required to use satellite imagery for tracking penguin populations. The next big step is to use computer vision to speed up imagery annotation, since that is a necessary component of any real-time monitoring system. “Right now,there’s so much imagery and there are so many colonies that there’s just no way that we can manually annotate all this imagery,” says Dr. Lynch.“Even if we had the theoretical capacity to track all these populations, we don’t have the human capacity to do it.

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