Drones and DNA tracking: we show how these high-tech tools are helping nature heal

Jake Robinson, Jakki Mohr, Martin Breed, Peter Harrison, Suzanne Mavoa

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Technology has undoubtedly contributed to global biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation.

Where forests once stood, artificial lights now illuminate vast urban jungles. Where animals once roamed, huge factories now churn out microchips, computers, and cars. But now, we can also leverage technology to help repair our precious ecosystems.

Here, we discuss our two new research papers published today. They show how drones and genomics (the same technology used to identify COVID strains) can help protect and restore nature.

One paper demonstrates that drones can help safeguard biodiversity and monitor ecosystem restoration activities. They can also help us understand how impacts in one ecosystem may affect another.

Genomics can help identify populations that may be vulnerable to future climate change, and monitor elusive animals such as platypuses, lynx, and newts. Yet, our other paper found ecologists without genomics expertise thought the technology still needed to be tried and tested.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 28 Jun 2022


  • Drones
  • Technology
  • Genomics
  • Endangered species
  • Remote sensing
  • Ecosystems


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