Hello, I'm Ivan!
My journey into conservation technology started in 2009, while working as field researcher. During a 10 months long expedition in the Western Alps I sketched my first R code. I was snow-tracking wolves back then. For the following 3-4 years I worked as field researcher on the behavioural and evolutionary ecology of wolves in the Mediterranean region, then focused on the cheetah and moved to Namibia. The extent of the study area and the high level of preparedness required during trapping campaigns induced me to test and deploy a variety of devices to automate the control and monitoring of boxtraps. Results were as good as they could get...in spite of baboons' ability to mess up almost any setup we could adopt.
While living and working in the field I was also at the forefront of human-wildlife conflict. Engaging with local communities and stakeholders to enable coexistence between wildlife and human activities was challenging, and extremely fulfilling. Listening to the struggle of people living in close contact with wildlife enabled me to turn their problems into research questions, and a good understanding of the ecological systems provided the solutions. Much of that understanding resulted from environmental data and GPS locations transmitted by biologgers, so I finally got the chance to dive deeper into GIS and spatial analysis, which became my main occupation in 2016.
I am now based in Berlin, Germany, where I work as envrionmental data analysts and consultant on a freelance basis. I am advocate for open-source software and for open-data as necessary means for the democratization of knowledge, and for the repeatebility of science.