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Jarrod Hodgson (@jarrodchodgson) is an ecologist at the University of Adelaide. Jarrod has extensive experience in the application of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS; also known as drones, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAVs) for biological monitoring in tropical, temperate and polar environments. He is a member of the University’s Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (uraf.org) which provides services to government, not for profit and private sector clients at a local, national and international level. Jarrod is also completing his PhD with Professor Lian Pin Koh (University of Adelaide), Associate Professor Aleks Terauds (Australian Antarctic Division) and Professor Simon Goldsworthy (South Australian Research and Development Institute).

As a biologist, Jarrod has experience in marine ecology, invasive species management (principally ants) and island ecology. He is a remote area specialist and has worked on sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island through to Australia’s remote Ashmore Reef. Previously, Jarrod has been engaged by Monash University’s School of Biological Sciences, the Director of National Parks (Parks Australia) and Tasmania’s Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment (DPIPWE).