Abraham Borker

Abraham Borker
University of California, Santa Cruz | UCSC · Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

PhD

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Introduction
I am interested in building resiliency in species, ecosystems and human communities. To that end I aim to accelerate, connect and mentor future leaders in conservation; and in my own research make useful discoveries. I am particularly interested in bioacoustics and monitoring, as a way to ultimately improve conservation outcomes. For more info, goto my website, abeborker.com
Additional affiliations
December 2019 - May 2020
University of California, Santa Cruz
Position
  • Managing Director

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Publications (12)
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Although wildlife conservation actions have increased globally in number and complexity, the lack of scalable, cost-effective monitoring methods limits adaptive management and the evaluation of conservation efficacy. Automated sensors and computer-aided analyses provide a scalable and increasingly cost-effective tool for conservation monitoring. A...
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Autonomous sensors and automated analysis have great potential to reduce cost and increaseefficacy ofwildlifemonitoring.Byincreasingsampling effort, autonomoussensors arepowerfulat detecting rareandelusivespeciessuchasthemarbledmurrelet(Brachyramphusmarmoratus).Newapproachesmustbetestedforcomparability to existing methodologies, so we compared the...
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Field courses have been identified as powerful tools for inclusion and student success in science. However, not all students are equally likely to take field courses. How do we remove barriers to equity in field courses, to make them engines for inclusion, diversity, and collective excellence in ecology and evolution?
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Measuring restoration outcomes is essential, but challenging and expensive, particularly on remote islands. Acoustic recording increases the scale of monitoring inexpensively, however extracting biological information from large volumes of recordings remains challenging. Soundscape approaches, characterizing communities using acoustic indices, rapi...
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Racial and ethnic discrimination persist in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields, including ecology, evolution and conservation biology (EECB) and related disciplines. Marginalization and oppression as a result of institutional and structural racism continue to create barriers to inclusion for Black people, Indigenous people and...
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Conservation translocations – the intentional movement of individuals from one area to another for conservation purposes – provide a potential response to climate change, but can be costly and risky. To help improve translocation outcomes and assess their feasibility as a climate adaptation tool, we analyzed past conservation translocations (176 bi...
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Seabirds are integral components of marine ecosystems and, with many populations globally threatened, there is a critical need for effective and scalable seabird monitoring strategies. Many seabird species nest in burrows, which can make traditional monitoring methods costly, infeasible, or damaging to nesting habitats. Traditional burrow occupancy...
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Little is known about the conservation requirements of Bryan’s Shearwater Puffinus bryani, first described in 2011 based on a specimen collected in February 1963 near an area containing concrete rubble at Midway Atoll. Here we document a second Bryan’s Shearwater observed on Midway during the winters of 1990/91 and 1991/92. It was vocalizing from a...
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Seabirds are the most threatened marine group with nearly 28% of extant species considered at risk of extinction. Managers and researchers face considerable financial and logistical challenges when designing programs to monitor the status of any of the 97 species listed as critically endangered, endangered, or vulnerable by the IUCN. These challeng...
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We are developing an open-source, low-cost wildlife and environmental monitoring solution based on Android smartphones. Using a smartphone instead of a traditional microcontroller or single board computer has several advantages: smartphones are single integrated devices with multiple radios and a battery; they have a robust software interface which...

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