High Latitude UAV Publications (send us a formatted reference with link and we will add it!):

Fraser, Robert H., et al. UAV photogrammetry for mapping vegetation in the low-Arctic. Arctic Science 2.3 (2016): 79-102.

Ratcliffe, N.,  Guihen, D., Robst, J., Crofts, S., Stanworth, A., Enderlein, P. (2015) A protocol for the aerial survey of penguin colonies using UAVs. Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, 2015, 3(3): 95-101, 10.1139/juvs-2015-0006

General UAV Conservation and Ecology publications (see also


Crutsinger, Gregory M., Jason Short, and Roger Sollenberger. 2016. The future of UAVs in ecology: an insider perspective from the Silicon Valley drone industry.  Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems 161-168.

Christie, Katherine S., et al. 2016. Unmanned aircraft systems in wildlife research: current and future applications of a transformative technology. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 14.5: 241-251.



Chabot, Dominique, Vincent Carignan, and David M Bird. 2014. Measuring Habitat Quality for Least Bitterns in a Created Wetland with Use of a Small Unmanned Aircraft.  Wetlands 34 (3):527-533.

Chamoso, Pablo, William Raveane, Victor Parra, and Angélica González. 2014. UAVs applied to the counting and monitoring of animals. In Ambient Intelligence-Software and Applications, 71-80. Springer.

Chen, Yuxin, Hiroaki Shioi, Cesar Fuentes Montesinos, Lian Pin Koh, Serge Wich, and Andreas Krause. 2014. Active detection via adaptive submodularity. Proceedings of The 31st International Conference on Machine Learning.

Christiansen, Peter, Kim Arild Steen, Rasmus Nyholm Jørgensen, and Henrik Karstoft. 2014. Automated detection and recognition of wildlife using thermal cameras.  Sensors 14 (8):13778-13793.

Gaveau, David LA, Mohammad A Salim, Kristell Hergoualc’h, Bruno Locatelli, Sean Sloan, Martin Wooster, Miriam E Marlier, Elis Molidena, Husna Yaen, and Ruth DeFries. 2014. Major atmospheric emissions from peat fires in Southeast Asia during non-drought years: evidence from the 2013 Sumatran fires.  Scientific reports 4.

Getzin, Stephan, Robert S Nuske, and Kerstin Wiegand. 2014. Using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to quantify spatial gap patterns in forests.  Remote Sensing 6 (8):6988-7004.

Whitehead, Ken, Chris H. Hugenholtz, Stephen Myshak, Owen Brown, Adam LeClair, Aaron Tamminga, Thomas E. Barchyn, Brian Moorman, and Brett Eaton. 2014. Remote sensing of the environment with small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), part 2: scientific and commercial applications.  Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems 02 (03):86-102.

Mulero-Pázmány, Margarita, Roel Stolper, LD Van Essen, Juan J Negro, and Tyrell Sassen. 2014. Remotely piloted aircraft systems as a rhinoceros anti-poaching tool in Africa.  PloS one 9 (1):e83873.

Nilssen, Kjell Tormod, Rune Storvold, Daniel Stødle, Stian André Solbø, Kjell-Sture Johansen, Michael Poltermann, and Tore Haug. 2014. Testing UAVs to perform aerial photo-graphic survey of harp and hooded seals in the West Ice area.

Paneque-Gálvez, Jaime, Michael K McCall, Brian M Napoletano, Serge A Wich, and Lian Pin Koh. 2014. Small drones for community-based forest monitoring: An assessment of their feasibility and potential in tropical areas.  Forests 5 (6):1481-1507.

Peter, Klaus Daniel, Sebastian d’Oleire-Oltmanns, Johannes B Ries, Irene Marzolff, and Ali Ait Hssaine. 2014. Soil erosion in gully catchments affected by land-levelling measures in the Souss Basin, Morocco, analysed by rainfall simulation and UAV remote sensing data.  Catena 113:24-40.

Salamí, Esther, Cristina Barrado, and Enric Pastor. 2014. UAV flight experiments applied to the remote sensing of vegetated areas.  Remote Sensing 6 (11):11051-11081.

Santos, Gilberto Antonio Marcon dos, Zachary Barnes, Eric Lo, Bryan Ritoper, Lauren Nishizaki, Xavier Tejeda, Alex Ke, Han Lin, Curt Schurgers, and Albert Lin. 2014. Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle System for Wildlife Radio Collar Tracking. IEEE 11th International Conference on Mobile Ad Hoc and Sensor Systems (MASS).

van Gemert, Jan C, Camiel R Verschoor, Pascal Mettes, Kitso Epema, Lian Pin Koh, and Serge Wich. 2014. Nature Conservation Drones for Automatic Localization and Counting of Animals.

Whitehead, Ken, and Chris H Hugenholtz. 2014. Remote sensing of the environment with small unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), part 1: a review of progress and challenges 1.  Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems 2 (3):69-85.


Bergenas, Johan, Rachel Stohl, and Alexander Georgieff. 2013. The other side of drones: saving wildlife in Africa and managing global crime.  conflict trends (3):3-9.

Hodgson, Amanda, Natalie Kelly, and David Peel. 2013. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveying marine fauna: a dugong case study.  PloS one 8 (11):e79556.

Leonardo, Miguel, Austin M Jensen, Calvin Coopmans, Mac McKee, and YangQuan Chen. 2013. A miniature wildlife tracking UAV payload system using acoustic biotelemetry. ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference.

Vermeulen, Cédric, Philippe Lejeune, Jonathan Lisein, Prosper Sawadogo, and Philippe Bouché. 2013. Unmanned aerial survey of elephants.  PloS one 8 (2):e54700.


Chabot, Dominique, and David M Bird. 2012. Evaluation of an off-the-shelf Unmanned Aircraft System for Surveying Flocks of Geese.  Waterbirds 35 (1):170-174.

Getzin, Stephan, Kerstin Wiegand, and Ingo Schöning. 2012. Assessing biodiversity in forests using very high‐resolution images and unmanned aerial vehicles.  Methods in Ecology and Evolution 3 (2):397-404.

Hung, Calvin, Mitch Bryson, and Salah Sukkarieh. 2012. Multi-class predictive template for tree crown detection.  ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing 68:170-183.

Koh, Lian Pin, and Serge A Wich. 2012. Dawn of drone ecology: low-cost autonomous aerial vehicles for conservation.  Tropical Conservation Science 5 (2):121-132.

Rodríguez-Canosa, Gonzalo R, Stephen Thomas, Jaime del Cerro, Antonio Barrientos, and Bruce MacDonald. 2012. A real-time method to detect and track moving objects (DATMO) from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) using a single camera.  Remote Sensing 4 (4):1090-1111.

Rodríguez, Airam, Juan J Negro, Mara Mulero, Carlos Rodríguez, Jesús Hernández-Pliego, and Javier Bustamante. 2012. The eye in the sky: combined use of unmanned aerial systems and GPS data loggers for ecological research and conservation of small birds.  PloS one 7 (12):e50336.

Sardà-Palomera, F. , Gerard Bota, Carlos Vinolo, Oriol Pallares, Victor Sazatornil, Lluis Brotons, Spartacus Gomariz, and Francesc Sarda. 2012. Fine‐scale bird monitoring from light unmanned aircraft systems.  Ibis 154 (1):177-183.

Wallace, Luke, Arko Lucieer, Christopher Watson, and Darren Turner. 2012. Development of a UAV-LiDAR system with application to forest inventory.  Remote Sensing 4 (6):1519-1543.

Watts, Adam C, Vincent G Ambrosia, and Everett A Hinkley. 2012. Unmanned aircraft systems in remote sensing and scientific research: Classification and considerations of use.  Remote Sensing 4 (6):1671-1692.


Hassan, Faez M, HS Lim, and MZ Mat Jafri. 2011. CropCam UAV for Land Use/Land Cover Mapping over Penang Island, Malaysia.  Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology 19.

Hung, C, M Bryson, and S Sukkarieh. 2011. Vision-based shadow-aided tree crown detection and classification algorithm using imagery from an unmanned airborne vehicle. 34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment (ISRSE).


Hardin, Perry J, and Thomas J Hardin. 2010. Small‐Scale Remotely Piloted Vehicles in Environmental Research.  Geography Compass 4 (9):1297-1311.

Korner, F, Raphael Speck, AH Goktogan, and Salah Sukkarieh. 2010. Autonomous airborne wildlife tracking using radio signal strength. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems (IROS).

Watts, Adam C, John H Perry, Scot E Smith, Matthew A Burgess, Benjamin E Wilkinson, Zoltan Szantoi, Peter G Ifju, and H Franklin Percival. 2010. Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems for Low‐Altitude Aerial Surveys.  The Journal of Wildlife Management 74 (7):1614-1619.

2009 and before

Soriano, P, F Caballero, A Ollero, and Centro Avanzado de Tecnologıas Aeroespaciales. 2009. RF-based particle filter localization for wildlife tracking by using an UAV. On: 40th International Symposium of Robotics, Barcelona, España.

Jones, George Pierce I. V., Leonard G. Pearlstine, and H. Franklin Percival. 2006. An Assessment of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for Wildlife Research.  Wildlife Society Bulletin 34 (3):750-758. doi: 10.2307/3784704.

Abd-Elrahman, Amr. 2005. Development of pattern recognition algorithm for automatic bird detection from unmanned aerial vehicle imagery. Surveying and land information science: journal of the American Congress on Surveying and Mapping.
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