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Dr. Barbara Bollard Breen



Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

Dr Barbara Bollard Breen is a senior lecturer in the School of Applied Sciences at AUT. Her research interests are in geospatial sciences, ecosystem management, cultural landscapes and spatial ecology. She has over 20 years’ experience working in government and NGO’s in both Australia and New Zealand. Her research focus has been the identification, selection and monitoring of Protected Areas, using remote sensing technology, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to map habitats and landscapes for conservation planning.

Conservation Drones


Low flying unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) offer ecologists new opportunities to collect scale appropriate data at high spatial and temporal resolution. This presentation will showcase the use of UAVs in spatial ecology, geography and social ecology and demonstrate existing tools for processing UAV imagery. The talk will take you on a journey from monitoring cetacean behaviour in the Hauraki Gulf to mapping human impacts in the desert systems of Antarctica and Namibia in an effort to make a persuasive case for using drones to protect the world’s most fragile ecosystems and threatened species.
Emergin infectious diseases with Associate Professor Gavin Smith

Watch Dr Barbara Breen’s Sci21 webcast, Conservation Drones