Lead Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
Eddie Game is the Lead Scientist for The Nature Conservancy’s Asia Pacific region, responsible for ensuring that the Conservancy remains a world leader in making science-based conservation decisions. Eddie has had the privilege of working on conservation in over 20 countries, helping to apply innovative methods to projects as diverse as community protected areas in Melanesia, grazing management in northern Kenya, snow leopard conservation in Mongolia, forestry in Indonesia, and catchment restoration in Colombia. Eddie and his team have been enthusiastic adopters of ecoacoustics, developing partnerships that bring together cutting-edge academic research with real-world applications in countries including, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Myanmar, Australia, and Gabon. For his work on the application of soundscapes to tropical forest management he was shortlisted for the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award.
He has published more than 50 papers on aspects of conservation science, and his first book, Conservation Planning: Informed Decisions for a Healthier Planet, co-authored Craig Groves, was published in 2015. Eddie is currently Editor-in-Chief of the leading conservation journal Conservation Letters. For his work on how climate change data can be used in decision making he was the recipient of the Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s inaugural prize for innovative concepts to conserve the reef in the face of climate change. Eddie received his PhD in marine conservation and decision science from the University of Queensland, and holds an adjunct faculty position there.
Dr Michael Towsey has held research positions at Queensland University of Technology since 1997. He uses machine learning methods to solve biological problems. These have ranged from the sublime (analysis of bird song) to the ridiculous (analysis of milk yield in cow herds). In between there was some bioinformatics. Michael is currently in the Ecoacoustics Research Group within the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at QUT. He works on the ‘big data’ problems associated with long duration recordings of the environment, in particular, visualisation of long duration recordings to assist navigation, and construction of automated recognizers for species of interest, such as the koala, the New Zealand kiwi and the cane toad.