WildTrax is delivered by a core project team consisting of representatives from the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI) and the Bioacoustic Unit at the University of Alberta (U of A). Team members are responsible for all areas of delivery, background operations, and continued research and development.
About the ABMI
The ABMI is a value-neutral, non-profit scientific organization that tracks changes in Alberta's wildlife and habitats from border to border to provide ongoing, relevant, and scientifically credible information on Alberta's living resources.
We are a global leader in biodiversity monitoring, delivering one of the largest, most comprehensive biodiversity monitoring programs in the world. ABMI data are regularly used by academia, government, industry, non-governmental-organizations, and the general public, for a variety of purposes from land-use planning to policy development to simple curiosity.
About the Bioacoustic Unit
The Bioacoustic Unit is a collaboration between the Bayne Lab at the University of Alberta and the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute. We are a leader in the application of wildlife acoustic data to environmental management and research needs.
We will assist you in collecting audio data, analyzing the recordings, and reporting the results. Our team conducts research to enhance our methodologies and better understand our natural acoustic environment. We develop tools, protocols and recommendations on the best practices for using acoustic technology for monitoring programs across the country.
Meet the Team
Dr. Erin Bayne
Dr. Erin Bayne is the Director of the Bioacoustic Unit, Co-director of the ABMI’s Application Centre, and a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. Dr. Bayne's research combines ecology with cutting-edge techniques in wildlife monitoring, survey design, geographic information systems (GIS), and habitat modelling to support the development and maintenance of WildTrax.
Alex MacPhail is the WildTrax Coordinator. Alex is responsible for all aspects of user management, overseeing the processing of camera and ARU data throughout the WildTrax platform and delivering on user and clientele needs. He is the primary point of contact for WildTrax and is also actively involved in ongoing platform development.
Corrina Copp is the ABMI’s Information Coordinator. Currently, Corrina is actively involved in managing and supporting the continued software development side of WildTrax, leading the implementation of new features and functionalities.
Monica Kohler is a project manager in the ABMI’s Application Centre. Currently, Monica supports ongoing content development, communications, and development planning in order to facilitate WildTrax’s use by multiple organizations.