One GPS unit
Trying to mediate human-wildlife conflict in Kenya or assess cyclone damage in Australia is a difficult task if you can’t map where you’ve been, what you’ve seen, and where you’re going. In order to conduct high-quality field research, we need access to equipment and technology such as Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in order to keep track of migration routes, mammal home ranges, and other real-space locations for community conservation purposes.
With your gift, The School for Field Studies will be able to purchase a GPS unit that will provide our research teams with the tools they need to conduct relevant field research. GPS will help students and faculty at the Center for Wildlife Management Studies keep track of data such as the permanent structures in a group ranch in Kenya to monitor wildlife migration routes and determine which routes are most highly trafficked by local wildlife. Using maps of restoration plots, defoliation, and corridors in the Australian rainforest, students and staff at our Center for Rainforest Studies will monitor changes in mammal home ranges after a tropical cyclone. Field equipment such as your GPS unit helps our faculty and students conduct advanced research and collect data, which in turn enables us to provide high-quality environmental management plans for our local community partners.