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Elephants, Tigers and Bears: Edmonton January Social

Elephants and Tigers and Bears! Oh My. Flying Monkeys! Seriously.

Come out to the Edmonton January Social January 21 at Metro Billiards.

The Edmonton GoGeomatics Team is pleased to kick off 2016 with an engaging and witty presentation by Dr Aditya Gangadharan.

Having the pleasure of chatting with Aditya a few months ago at my first Edmonton GoGeomatics meetup, I was fascinated by his field work in India. Our conversation began innocuously enough with my own story of how wild critters were quick to reveal game cams in the forest on the Niagara Escarpment in Southern Ontario. Lamenting on the challenges posed by wild turkeys and raccoons in my own field work, Aditya cautiously, even reluctantly, began to share his own experiences – such as the elephants that enjoyed breaking his camera traps (see his tweet below). The story that emerged was passionate and charming!

Traversing through an exotic landscape filled with endangered animals and equally treacherous conditions, Aditya will guide us along the journey he took to capture the “wheres” and “whys” of elephant and tiger interactions in human dominated landscapes. Watch how his elusive subjects reveal themselves to scientific scrutiny. Learn how studying spatial models of their behaviour can lead to insights into human behaviour and even to business applications.

If photos of tropical forests don’t do it for you in the middle of January in Edmonton, if we have enough time, Aditya may honour us with knowledge gleaned from his time amongst the elephants. Of course, this is a Geomatics meetup, so be prepared for lots of science, maps and stats too.

I invite you to experience moments of thrill as Aditya reflects back on his subjects and the lessons they shared with him.

Where do the elephants, tigers (and potential customers) hang out?


Aditya will talk about combining spatial data with behavioural processes to model elephant corridors and tiger conflict, and how such spatial-behavioral models are powerful tools when applied to business analytics in the human world. He will intersperse his presentation with numerous examples of #fieldworkfail, in which he is a world-renowned expert:

Edmonton Social


Aditya began studying chemistry, moved on to statistical ecology and wildlife conservation, and thence to data analytics. He currently studies grizzly bears at the University of Alberta and analyzes various kinds of data for High Level Analytics, an Edmonton-based consulting company providing analytics services.

See you on January 21 at Metro Billiards in Edmonton!


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