Ants and GPS

The BBC has a news article and video about how GPS is being used in Northumberland to record the locations of 69 ‘hairy northern wood ant” nests in advance of a major clearing. The goal is to preserve the ant nests as the modern conifers are cleared to allow for native species to reclaim the region. While the plan is sound, my curiosity is based on the long term results after the clearing. As with any planned effort, the ‘as-builts’ always have a certain degree of ‘oops’ and ‘I thought it was over there’ even with significant technologies.


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Jesse is Instructor in Geography and a PhD candidate in Geography focusing on the integration of phenomenology and geospatial technologies to study prehistoric cultural landscape. He is a GIS Professional and Registered Professional Archaeologist and holds an MA in Geography and a BS in Anthropology with a concentration in archaeology.