Wildlife research is harnessing technology to deep dive into the world of plants and animals in so many fascinating ways. It was wonderful to meet Dr Vanessa Pirotta, a wildlife researcher who is leading the design and implementation of new software that identifies wildlife trafficking cases. Here is an excerpt from the story I wrote about her remarkable STEM career: An invitation to be curious published by The Brilliant.
“The desire to help people connect to marine environments drives Dr Vanessa Pirotta – as a researcher, presenter, author and educator – to bring diverse audiences on board.
Today, Pirotta is a wildlife scientist, globally renowned for taking whale research to a new level, harnessing technology including drones to investigate natural and human-induced threats to whales. Her remarkable career as a scientist and communicator, however, did not start where you would expect. She grew up three hours away from the closest beach on a 40-acre farm outside Canberra, with cows the largest mammals around.
Pirotta’s fascination with whales was sparked when her mother bought her a video of the movie Free Willy. To a five-year-old girl from the country, seeing whales, dolphins and orcas for the first time was mesmerising. Her childhood fascination with these breathtaking creatures evolved into ambitions to be a dolphin trainer and set her STEM journey in motion.”
Read more about Dr Vanessa Pirotta by following the link here.
For further reading, here are some more stories I have written.