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New Opportunities & Technologies Ecologists Need to Be Aware Of

What are the new/exciting opportunities and technologies in statistics, data science, and informatics that ecologists might not be aware of?

While I'm a big believer in interpretable statistical modeling based on sound statistical theory, I think machine learning and other related methods (CNNs and Long short-term memory) should be in a quantitative ecologists toolbox, especially if the goal is prediction specifically.

Microsoft has an initiative that folks should be aware of, called AI for Earth. One can apply for grants too.

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ai/ai-for-earth?activetab=pivot1%3aprimaryr6

This puts a lot of man/computational power in place for machine learning applications.