Tonga soa! My name is Asia Murphy, and I'm a scientist (and PhD student) at Pennsylvania State University. My research is focused on using camera traps to answer all sorts of questions, like:
- Where are species present and why?
- How many individuals are there in a population?
- What strategies do species use to coexist together?
The future of wildlife research is in noninvasive techniques like camera-trapping, not only because the data they collect lends itself to many analyses, but because they are cheap and easy for non-scientists to use. I firmly believe in building local research capacity in other countries and hope to be at the forefront of the use of these neat tools to further our knowledge of and ability to conserve threatened species across the world.