Photo: Tapio Kostet / WWF Finland

Photo: Ville Vuorio

Photo: UEF / Saimaa ringed seal research

Wildlife Photo-ID network – implications for wildlife monitoring and conservation

International Wildlife Photo-ID network workshops funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation, were held in 2014 - 2015. The workshops brougth together photo-ID experts in the fields of wildlife ecology, conservation, monitoring, crowd sourcing and computing from several different countries. The workshops aimed at developing different photo-ID methods for several animal species, including automatic photo-ID applications, especially focusing on implications for research and monitoring of endangered species. The workshops offered great networking opportunities for researchers.

The Saimaa ringed seal research group of the University of Eastern Finland (UEF) coordinated the workshops. We are still very much an active group - to get involved, join the google group by sending us e-mail: photo-id[at] or join the Facebook group

Organizing committee:

  • Dr. Mervi Kunnasranta (Department of Environmental and biological sciences, chair of the committee)
  • Dr. Marja Niemi (Department of Environmental and biological sciences)
  • Prof. Markku Tukiainen (School of Computing)
  • M.Sc. Riikka Levänen (Department of Environmental and biological sciences)
  • Coordinator: M.Sc. Meeri Koivuniemi (Department of Environmental and biological sciences)