Patrick Chwalek 

Global biodiversity faces threats from climate change and human disturbance, which affect many species, especially large predators. These threats influence their movements, behaviors, and conflicts with humans. However, we lack data on how animals and their environments interact. This data is essential for guiding conservation efforts.

We are developing CollarID, a device that tracks animals and their environment synchronously. It is small, lightweight, robust, and long-lasting, ideal for long and undisturbed deployments. The device collects various environmental data (e.g., sound, temperature, humidity, particles, gas, etc.) along with animal movement data. These data show the conditions the animals experience and the human activity around them. With CollarID, we can observe the animals’ movements, behaviors, and conflicts with humans in detail.