The Science of Camera Traps
In this talk, biologists Alexandra Swanson and Roland Kays discuss camera traps and their use in ecological research.
Camera traps, or trail cameras, allow scientists to obtain photos of wild animals automatically. The cameras have sensors that are triggered by heat and/or motion, and they can be deployed in remote areas to study many different species over long time periods. Swanson and Kays give an overview of how camera traps work and describe how their data can be analyzed through citizen science projects, such as Zooniverse, WildCam Gorongosa, and eMammal.
This talk is from a 2015 Holiday Lecture Series, Patterns and Processes in Ecology.
aggregation algorithm, citizen science, data collection, field observation, monitoring, pattern recognition, photography, scientific methodology, sensor, trail camera