174 pages, colour illustrations, colour maps
Until the twentieth century, the study of animals was limited to what a naturalist could observe. 'Tracking animals' meant following their footprints and droppings. In 1900, scientists began the first bird-banding schemes and observation surveys. By the new millennium, researchers were using radio transmitters, drones, bioacoustics, DNA analysis, cellular networks and GPS to track wildlife. The authors highlight nine data-collection methods and create fifty stories around these, illustrated by stunning maps and graphics. From how birds avoid tornadoes to what slime can tell us about urban planning, Where the Animals Go will prove that ecology and zoology truly are tech fields.
"From the very first page this book is an enthralling look at the world that technology can help us uncover. It is not just a look at where the animals go, but why they are going, how the animals get there, the problems they encounter and the stories of some of these individuals. [...] I can’t review this book without mentioning the maps, which are exquisite. They convey an astounding quantity and quality of information, although much like the whole book they leave you wanting more. Perhaps this is the hallmark of a good book: it leaves you with more questions than you started with."
– Emily Scragg, BTO book reviews
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Dr. James Cheshire is a geographer with a passion for London and big data. His award-winning maps have appeared in the Guardian and the Financial Times as well as on his popular blog, Mapping London. James is currently a lecturer at University College London and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
Oliver Uberti is a visual journalist, designer and the recipient of many awards for his information graphics and art direction. From 2003 to 2012, he worked in the design department of National Geographic, most recently as Senior Design Editor. He has a design studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.