Isla Duporge

Research Interests

Isla’s research is focused on advancing methods using geospatial technologies to monitor wildlife and analyse movement in relation to anthropogenic risk, this is being carried out using several methods:

  • Conducting a wildlife census survey in southern Zambia as part of an UN-FAO project using a long-range fixed-wing drone – WingtraOne. Isla is now using audiometry – a measurement of the range and sensitivity of hearing generated for different species, cross-referencing these with sound measurements from several UAVs to find the recommended flight altitude to minimise disturbance.
  • Using high-resolution satellite imagery to analyse elephant movement in relation to pastoral presence via mobile livestock enclosures. Assessing changes between 2011 & 2019 in relation to the abandonment and establishment of new settlements. This work relies on sixteen images from the Worldview-2 satellite (50cm resolution) and six years of elephant tracking data in Samburu, Kenya.

Additional Affiliations

Isla is jointly supervised by Professor David Macdonald & Dr Tiejun Wang at the Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation, University of Twente. National Geographic are supporting her fieldwork research as an ‘Early Career Explorer’. Isla was formally a Visiting Research Scholar at the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime, researching the use of geospatial technologies to combat wildlife crime.

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