Futurecasting ecological research: the rise of technoecology

Allan, Blake M., Nimmo, Dale G., Ierodiaconou, Daniel, VanDerWal, Jeremy, Koh, Lian Pin, and Ritchie, Euan G. (2018) Futurecasting ecological research: the rise of technoecology. Ecosphere, 9 (5). e02163.

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Abstract

Increasingly complex research questions and global challenges (e.g., climate change and biodiversity loss) are driving rapid development, refinement, and uses of technology in ecology. This trend is spawning a distinct sub-discipline, here termed technoecology. We highlight recent ground-breaking and transformative technological advances for studying species and environments: bio-batteries, low-power and long-range telemetry, the Internet of things, swarm theory, 3D printing, mapping molecular movement, and low-power computers. These technologies have the potential to revolutionize ecology by providing next-generation ecological data, particularly when integrated with each other, and in doing so could be applied to address a diverse range of requirements (e.g., pest and wildlife management, informing environmental policy and decision making). Critical to technoecology's rate of advancement and uptake by ecologists and environmental managers will be fostering increased interdisciplinary collaboration. Ideally, such partnerships will span the conception, implementation, and enhancement phases of ideas, bridging the university, public, and private sectors.

Item ID: 54579
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2150-8925
Keywords: 3D printing, bioinformatics, ecology, environmental monitoring, information technology, interdisciplinary science, Internet of things, long-range telemetry, smart environments, unmanned autonomous vehicles, wildlife management
Copyright Information: © 2018 The Authors. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date Deposited: 18 Jul 2018 07:40
FoR Codes: 10 TECHNOLOGY > 1099 Other Technology > 109999 Technology not elsewhere classified @ 50%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050206 Environmental Monitoring @ 50%
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