Anna Stephanie handed in her MSc thesis on “Impact of remote sensing characteristics for biodiversity monitoring”. Very impressive study on multi-scale, multi-model and multi-variable analysis of mangroves in Myanmar. While Myanmar is one of the world’s hotspots for biodiversity and endemism, it is currently undergoing enormous political and economic transformations which are likely to increase… Read More

We are happy to announce another AniMove school. The AniMove fundamentals course will take place in December 2016 in Frankfurt, Germany. “AniMove Fundamentals” covers the fundamentals of Animal Movement Analysis and is offered as a two-week professional training course, that targets students, researchers and conservation practitioners that have collected animal relocation data and want to… Read More


The MSc by Andrea Hess “Deforestation in Myanmar – what can we say about causes?” has been handed in. It has been supervised by Peter Leimgruber (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute) and Martin Wegmann. Deforestation in the tropics is a global issue. Tropical forests are important not only for local livelihoods, but also for global climate… Read More


our new article on “Framing the concept of satellite remote sensing essential biodiversity variables: challenges and future directions” just got published. It is linked to the previous article on RS-EBVs lead by Skidmore in NATURE.   Although satellite-based variables have for long been expected to be key components to a unified and global biodiversity monitoring… Read More

The book “Protected Areas: Are They Safeguarding Biodiversity?” edited by Lucas N. Joppa, Jonathan E. M. Bailie and John G. Robinson is now available including our chapter on “Monitoring protected areas from space” by Nathalie Pettorelli, Martin Wegmann, L Gurney and Gregoire Dubois. We cover the importance of remote sensing data analysis to monitor protected… Read More


Our book “Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecologists – Using Open Source software” is now available. First editor copies arrived already and it looks pretty good. Great to have finally a copy on our desks after all the writing, testing and editing! We hope that you enjoy it as much as we do and that… Read More


Our analysis on mapping bushmeat hunting pressure in Africa based on various co-variates, such as land cover, is now available online. Is is related to our article in NATURE Scientific Reports. Hunting and trade of wild animals for their meat (bushmeat), especially mammals, is commonplace in tropical forests worldwide. In West and Central Africa, bushmeat… Read More


We explained in our book “Remote Sensing and GIS for Ecologists – Using Open Source Software” among other change detection methods also the change vector analysis practically using the rasterCVA() command in the RStoolbox package, as well as outlined the approach graphically. During my last lecture on temporal and spatial remote sensing approaches I realized… Read More


Andreas Hess, Global Change Ecology MSc student, just handed in her MSc “Deforestation in Myanmar – what can we say about causes?”. The MSc was conducted jointly with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (Peter Leimgruber) and Ned Horning and fieldwork was conducted in Myanmar with a local NGO. Deforestation in the tropics is a global… Read More