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Subject: Doctoral Research on Poaching in Protected Areas

Hello. I am a PhD candidate at Penn State University.  I am currently working on my doctoral research on geospatial data synthesis in protected areas for poaching mitigation. I am asking users of this group to participate in a short (approximately 15 minute) online survey.  

This research will focus on the utility of geospatial data to mitigate poaching in protected areas.  Specifically, I am focusing on how protected areas synthesize camera trap, UAS, cell phone apps and other digital and analog geospatial data for poaching mitigation. The goal of this research is to characterize the process of geospatial data synthesis within protected area management, as well as to design geospatial sensor networks that could alert protected area personnel of illicit activity and provide the inputs needed to predict future activity.   

The survey does not ask any questions of a sensitive nature that could comprise your species.  All survey results (and resulting publications) will be coded, kept confidential, and data will be stored on an encrypted server. 

The link to the survey is:




​Feel free to ask questions about the survey via my email: wlz101@psu.edu

Thank you for your time.


Wendy L. Zeller Zigaitis

PhD Candidate (ABD)

Department of Geography

Pennsylvania State University

Wendy L. Zeller Zigaitis <wlz101@psu.edu>
Friday, April 29, 2022