You are invited to join WWF's Pandas & Prose session with author Karen Bakker and WWF’s Dave Thau in a discussion around Karen’s new book The Sounds of Life: How Digital Technology Is Bringing Us Closer to the Worlds of Animals and Plants.
About the Speakers
Global Data and Technology Lead Scientist, Global Science
Dave Thau is WWF's Global Data and Technology Lead Scientist. He joined WWF in 2019, bringing with him over 30 years of software development experience. Prior to WWF, he worked at Google where he helped launch Google Earth Engine, Google's geospatial big-data processing platform, and managed developer relations for Google Earth Engine and Google Earth Outreach. He has also worked with the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, the California Academy of Sciences, the Kansas University Museum of Natural History, and the All Species Foundation. Dave’s work in the fields of data management, sustainability, artificial intelligence, and remote sensing has appeared in journals like Science, Nature, Remote Sensing of Environment, Sustainability, and Ecological Informatics. While at Google, he helped develop many projects including Global Forest Watch, with the World Resources Institute, and Map of Life, with researchers from Yale and the University of Florida. Dave holds degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles, the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a doctorate in computer science from the University of California, Davis. He also has an ant named in his honor - the charming Plectroctena thaui.
University of British Columbia
Photo Credit: Paul Joseph
Karen Bakker is a Professor at the University of British Columbia, a Guggenheim Fellow, and a Fellow of Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2022/23). Her research explores the relationship between digital innovation, environmental change, governance, and sustainability. The author of more than 100 academic articles, she has conducted fieldwork on four continents. She is a past Board Member of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and a member of the United Nations Coalition on Digital Environmental Sustainability (CODES). She earned her undergraduate BASc from McMaster University (Canada), and her PhD from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She is a year-round cyclist, avid gardener, and lives in Vancouver with her husband, two daughters, and a cat named Luna.
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