A project hosted by the Zoological Society of London ZSL


We are excited about the potential for Mataki to transform our understanding of where and why animals move in space and time – and we want to share that excitement with interested scientists and conservationists around the world. Further, we wish to explore the full range of research questions and scenarios in which our system could successfully operate.

Coordinated by the  Zoological Society of London as part of the Technology for Nature unit (TfN), a close collaboration between the, University College London and Microsoft Research, we are keen to discuss potential applications of this platform. If you are interested in collaborating on a project that applies Mataki to a novel system or would like to discuss research ideas then please do get in contact using the email collaboration@mataki.org or get in touch directly with the members below.

Project Members

Dr. Robin Freeman, Institute of Zoology, ZSL

Robin is particularly interested in topics at the interface between behaviour, ecology and computation with a focus on the application of computational techniques to analysing animal behaviour and ecology. In addition to the designing and developing the Mataki system, Robin has wide interests including spatial ecology and migration, animal navigation, biologging, collective decision making and computational and technological systems for ecological and behavioral data collection. He works as a visiting research fellow in CoMPLEX and CBER at UCL and as a research associate with OXNAV in the Animal Behaviour group at Oxford University.

Dr. Lucas Joppa, Microsoft Research

Lucas’ research is geared towards facilitating the conservation of ecological systems. This encompasses research ranging from the study of multi-scale impacts of conservation interventions to the complexities of species interactions – and particularly predicting outcomes for ecological communities faced with an increasingly uncertain environment. Lucas leads the Technology for Nature Unit activities at Microsoft Research, and has a particular interest in innovating distributed data collection systems.

Dr. David Jacoby, Institute of Zoology, ZSL

David is a postdoctoral researcher with a keen interest in using tracking technology and social network analyses to better understand the social and spatial interactions of gregarious animals. Working predominantly on marine fishes, David has broad interests in many biologging techniques and analyses of the long-term data using new computation approaches. He is working on the logistics of Mataki deployment on both terrestrial and marine vertebrates and developing a customised, open source, remote pop-off mechanism.

Professor Jonathan Baillie, ZSL

Professor Jonathan Baillie is the Conservation Programmes Director for the Zoological Society of London where he is responsible for conservation projects focusing on threatened species and their habitats in more than 50 countries. Professor Baillie conducted his PhD research in the Gulf of Guinea focusing on restricted range island endemic birds. Professor Baillie headed the ZSL Indicators and Assessments Unit which aims to define the status and trends of the world’s species-level biodiversity. He oversaw the development of a range of global biodiversity indicators including the IUCN Sampled Red List Index, the WWF Living Planet Index and the WCS/ZSL Wildlife Picture Index. Professor Baillie has also played a leading role in a number of influential documents on the status of the world’s species including the IUCN Global Species Assessment, the Biodiversity chapter of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the WWF Living Planet Report.