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Tom Hart

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My research centres around how to monitor penguins and other marine predators in difficult environments such as Antarctica. Many of the most important environments on the planet are too data deficient to understand the changes occurring there, and the implications for global change, which in turn stalls effective management. I spend a lot of time developing tools and techniques to scale up monitoring of, and data gathering from, these environments. This includes working with machine learning specialists, to develop algorithms to speed up data processing (such as our computer vision algorithm, Pengbot!).

You can help my research by taking part in Penguin Watch and Seabird Watch - citizen science projects on the Zooniverse platform. You'll be shown images of penguin or seabird colonies captured by our remote time-lapse cameras, and asked to label the individuals as adults, chicks etc. Don't worry, you don't need expert knowledge - and be warned, it can be highly addictive!


Thursday 1st Oct 2020, 10.30am

Seabird monitoring - witnesses in the wild

Seabirds – including penguins – are amongst the most threatened animals on the planet. They are also very useful indicators of wider environmental change. But how do you effectively monitor species which live in hard-to-reach places, such as Antarctica? A team of scientists at the University of Oxford has come up with a...

Seabird monitoring - witnesses in the wild
Wednesday 15th Mar 2017, 03.00pm

Facebook LIVE - It's all about #penguins!

Who doesn't love watching penguins? We speak to Penguinologists Tom Hart and Fiona Jones as they tell...

Monday 16th Nov 2015, 11.15am

Clues 2 - Watching penguins

How do you understand how large populations of penguins on Antarctica change? And how can you use this information to protect penguins?