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Wildlife Monitoring in the U.S. National Parks with Cell Phones

Cathleen Balantic setting up a cell phone monitoring station in the Riverside East Solar Energy Zone.


September 2018 - September 2020


The purpose of this pilot research effort is to incorporate adaptive management methodologies into the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore's Resource Stewardship Strategy (RSS). The primary focus is on monitoring wildlife species that vocalize, including birds and amphibians. This effort is intended to ensure that management actions taken to restore the wetlands and savannas at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore are effective. This critical research will incorporate cutting-edge technologies and approaches such as machine learning to recognize species. The use of cell phones to collect and transmit acoustic data and imagery automatically is novel and has potential to significantly benefit science, the local community, and recreational and educational opportunities.


Current Staff

Federal Staff: 101

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 154

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 241

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 695

Scientific Publications: 1962

Presentations: 4417



Funding Agencies

  • National Park Service


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey