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Following African Mammals with the Movement of Life
For over 100 years, the Smithsonian has been a leader in wildlife tracking, using the latest technologies to better understand animal movement and conserve their populations. Today those efforts have come together under a single network: The Movement of Life Initiative. In our May Earth Optimism webinar, join wildlife ecologist Jared Stabach for a journey into the Smithsonian's animal tracking and conservation activities in Africa. He'll take you to Chad, where the Smithsonian and partners have been reintroducing scimitar-horned oryx, once extinct in the wild. He'll then move on to Kenya, where they're using artificial intelligence to more effectively count wildebeest and other large mammals in high resolution satellite and aerial imagery. Finally, Jared will pan out to reveal how giraffe populations are rebounding across the continent.


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Dr. Jared Stabach
Ecologist @Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Jared Stabach is an ecologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Conservation Ecology Center (CEC) and the terrestrial lead for SI’s Movement of Life Initiative. His research focuses on factors that impact the abundance, distribution, and movement patterns of large terrestrial mammals, incorporating new technologies to understand changes occurring across the planet. Since joining the CEC as a post-doctoral researcher, he has worked on large teams to reintroduce scimitar-horned oryx and evaluated the factors influencing the occurrence of critically endangered addax. Jared works closely with the Giraffe Conservation Foundation and continues to focus on the human factors influencing the movements of white-bearded wildebeest. Jared holds a BS degree in Environmental Biology from Providence College, an MS in Environmental Science from the University of Rhode Island, and a PhD in Ecology from Colorado State University.