Anthropology Colloquium: Dr. Robert Walker, University of Missouri


Nov. 10, 2014, 11:30am to 12:30pm

Campus Location

Office/Remote Location

Room 218


The Department of Anthropology presents a Colloquium by Dr. Robert Walker, anthropology professor, University of Missouri

Title: Remote sensing and conservation of isolated indigenous villages in Amazonia

The vast forests on the border between Brazil and Peru harbor a number of indigenous groups that have limited contact with the outside world. Accurate estimates of population sizes and village areas are essential to begin assessing the immediate conservation needs of such isolated groups. In contrast to overflights and encounters on the ground, remote sensing with satellite imagery offers a safe, cheap, non-invasive, and systematic approach to provide demographic and land-use information for isolated peoples. Satellite imagery can also be used to understand the growth of isolated villages over time. Here I report on initial results of a remote surveillance program designed to monitor movements and assess the demographic health of isolated peoples as a means to better mitigate against external threats to their long-term survival.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
Peter Gray

External Sponsor

Department of Anthropology