Laura Centore, MSc student

IMG_6519Laura is  doing her MSc at the University of Goettingen in Germany and Lincoln University in New Zealand. Her research interests include legal and illegal wildlife trade at a global level; hunting and wildlife management; with a particular focus on a social, economic and ecological aspects. In her internship, she plans to use data mined from social media platforms to investigate spatio-temporal dynamics of the illegal wildlife trade. Specifically, she will carry out content analysis to identify posts related to selected species for a selected time period and this data will be used to analyze the spatio-temporal dynamics and sentiment of social media users for illegal wildlife trade-related activities.

Gonzalo Cortes Capano, PhD student

img_3813My PhD in interdisciplinary environmental sciences will be focused on identifying a suite of appropriate strategies and incentives to promote effective private land conservation according both to the preferences, motivations and needs of landowners, and to the
national institutional context. I will work in Uruguay where most of the territory is privately owned and the most important areas for biodiversity conservation occur on private land.

Christoph Fink, PhD student

ChristophFinkChristoph is a cartographer and geographic information scientist and currently pursues his PhD in the project “Investigating illegal wildlife trade: innovative approaches to inform global conservation policy”. He looks into ways to combat the illegal trade of wildlife artefacts by tapping social media data and mining it in an automated machine-learning analysis and filtering process. Previous stations in Christoph’s career include the University of Salzburg, where he researched on modelling urban transformation, and the University of Vienna, where he developed GIS tools for qualitative research. The ontological and epistemological challenges of employing cartography and GIS as research methods stay in the forefront of Christoph’s research interest, as well as their technological advancement. Favourite personal asset: insatisfiable curiousity.

Anna Hausmann, Post-doc

img_4479-copiaDuring my PhD I have been exploring the preferences of tourists for nature-based experiences in protected areas, by combining data derived from traditional surveys with novel data mined from social media platforms, to inform conservation decision-making, including management and marketing. My work focused on protected areas in South Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa.

Anna Haukka, Research assistant

cv_kuvaAnna is an environmental ecologist (MSc) with a strong focus on nature conservation, with studies completed both in Finland and South Africa. She is currently working on global issues related to the overall sustainability of legal hunting practices. The work takes into account ecological, social, cultural and economic aspects, especially in relation to sustainable nature conservation practices.

Vuokko Heikinheimo, PhD student

vuokko_faceVuokko is working on a PhD in the project Social Media Data for Conservation Science. She focuses on studying the potential and limitations of using georeferenced social media for spatio-temporal analysis of people’s activities and movements in order to map opportunities and threats in areas of high conservation value. The work is done in collaboration with national park authorities in Finland and South Africa.