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UMBC Forest Plot Data Published in Ecology

Representing several person-years worth of work (and several actual years, too!) our UMBC Forest Plot data paper and dataset is now published in the ESA journal Ecology as a Data Paper …

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on June 9, 2015 at 12:30pm — 2 Comments

UAV ecology research internship at the Smithsonian

Opening at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama for an intern to assist in the collection and analysis of high-resolution aerial photos with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  Key responsibilities are maintenance and repair of fixed-wing and multirotor UAVs and weekly…
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Added by Jonathan Dandois on May 4, 2015 at 8:43am — No Comments

RFID tags in the forest

I remember many times in our field plots at UMBC where we discussed the idea of planting RFID (Radio frequency identification) tags on our trees to improve future re-census and as a way to get around people stealing the…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on April 9, 2015 at 12:47pm — No Comments

Drones from Baltimore to Panama and back!

I recently had the chance to meet Maryland Senator Ben Cardin while he and his wife were visiting Panama and STRI.  As a Maryland native with over 10 years in Baltimore and a UMBC alum twice-over I was very excited to get to meet some folks from home and to share about my work at…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on February 27, 2015 at 7:29am — 1 Comment

1 Bit Squared - Hand held autonomous copters

Check out these cool little hand held copters from 1 Bit Squared that offer GPS-programmed autonomous flight in a tiny little package.  Equipped with a nano-cam, maybe these could provide a great super-portable tool for rapid site mapping.…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on November 19, 2014 at 7:28am — 1 Comment

Magic Numbers, Panama Edition.

After seeing Thorsten's post I was quite jealous about the flight times he was getting, so I was really excited when we got in a 53 minute flight yesterday with a…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on October 10, 2014 at 10:21am — 7 Comments

Can I borrow your IPhone... for forest thermal imaging?

I read about the new FlirOne personal Thermal infrared (IR) imager / iPhone attachment in the SkyMall magazine (I know!) on a recent flight and had to check it out.  This little gizmo attaches to an iPhone and sends a Thermal IR signal to the…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on August 23, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments

Opening for Drone Ecology Research Intern in Panama

There is an opening at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) for an intern to collect high-resolution aerial photos with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  Responsibilities will include assembly of UAVs, maintenance and repair of UAVs, weekly operation of UAVs to collect images, processing of collected images,…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on April 5, 2014 at 10:00am — No Comments

Ecosynth - An Open Source Project for Computer Vision 3D Ecology

I've just finished updating the licensing information for a large part of the Ecosynth project content online.  The content on the following Ecosynth websites is now available under Creative Commons Attribution…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on January 16, 2014 at 2:53pm — No Comments

Forest Cruising on a Smartphone

Do more with your smartphone than just looking at cat videos - a group from Finland has developed an app for forest timber crusing using your phone's camera and accelerometers.…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on January 10, 2014 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Ecosynth Featured in Txchnologist

Ecosynth was recently featured on the science and tech news website Txchnologist.  Head on over to the article by Wynne Parryabout how we are trying to map forests from the ground and the…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on October 31, 2013 at 8:08am — 1 Comment

Ecosynth Goes to Harvard Forest



Ecosynth recently had the chance to get a fly over of a small part of the famous Harvard Forest in Petersham, MA.  

For over 100 years, the forest here has been the site of countless research projects and on Wednesday of this week, and today, I flew our v5.0 Hexacopter over a few small patches of forest,…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on October 4, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Ecosynth Flying By the Numbers

We have flown the equivalent of once a week for an entire year over 3 250m x 250m sample sites with the same two copters: an investment of around $5000 in copter and flying gear. 

I ran some quick numbers from our flight logs and came up with a few fun statistics.  We have logged at least 230 mission days,…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on September 29, 2013 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Timing Photoscan with the Python API

I recently starting playing with the Photoscan Python API and adapted a nice little script from the forums for running a job in Photoscan, saving and exporting points and all the while recording time stamps for the…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on September 26, 2013 at 5:40pm — 1 Comment

Ecosynth Featured by NSF: A Social Network for 3-D Ecology

Ecosynth popped up on the NSF twitter feed this morning with a link to a short feature on the project at…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on September 21, 2013 at 9:42am — No Comments

Costa Rica July 2013 - Day 2 - Aerial scanning of a traditional coffee farm

Day 2 in Costa Rica and we flew five flights and collected amazing imagery over a traditional coffee farm.  The first 3 flights at restoration forest sites went off without a hitch and we continued with auto take-off and landing at each site, with Dana providing some pitch and roll control at the end to help…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on July 18, 2013 at 7:36pm — 1 Comment

Costa Rica July 2013 - Day One - Landing on a tower

We've been at the Las Cruces Biological Station in San Vito, Costa Rica for less than 24 hours, and already Dana Boswell is making Ecosynth history.  

Today Dana completed a full mission of a forest restoration entirely from the top of a 15m canopy tower.  After waiting out a rain storm and low clouds…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on July 17, 2013 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

Ecosynth featured in STRI newsletter



My recent trip to Panama was featured in the June 28, 2013 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) weekly newsletter,…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on July 3, 2013 at 9:07am — 1 Comment

Publishing Ecological Data

What is the best way to publish our ecological datasets  (tree stem maps, computer vision 3D point clouds, canopy height maps, photo sets, etc.) to the web so that the data is accessible and citable?

This question comes up almost weekly in our lab meetings. This summer, it is one of my goals as an Ecosynth RA to identify the best way (or at least a very good way!) for us to publish our various datasets online that achieve two main goals: 1) make the data easily…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on June 19, 2013 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Scorpions and Shotguns -- Ecosynth goes to Panama

Scorpions, shotguns, lianas, chiggers, ticks, howler monkeys, tree climbing, and 85% humidity - oh what a field experience!  I am sitting on a porch overlooking Lake Gatun and the Panama Canal at the Barro…

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Added by Jonathan Dandois on June 15, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

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