Where the Animals Go: Big data and design

18 January 2018, 6.00 PM - 18 January 2018, 8.00 PM

James Cheshire

Hepple Lecture Theatre, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, BS8 1SS

For thousands of years, tracking animals has meant following their physical traces – footprints, fallen feathers and nests. But cutting-edge technology is revolutionising our ability to map the movements and behaviour of animals.

Geographer James Cheshire reveals how he and designer Oliver Uberti worked with scientists and wildlife experts around the world to collect billions of data points, from tracking elephants to counting penguins, and bring them to life visually in their new book.

The multi-award winning maps tell fascinating stories of animal behaviour such as how warblers seem to detect incoming storms, how baboons make decisions and why storks prefer rubbish dumps to wild forage; they follow pythons through the Everglades, a wolf traversing the Alps and humpback whales visiting undersea mountains.

Meet the author

Following the talk there will a drinks reception and a chance to meet the author, an opportunity to purchase 'Where the animals go' and have your book signed by James Cheshire.

About James Cheshire

Dr. James Cheshire is a Senior Lecturer at University College London, and the 2017 recipient of the Royal Geographical Society’s Cuthbert Peek award for ‘advancing geographical knowledge through the use of mappable Big Data.’ His maps have appeared in the Financial Times and the Guardian. James and Oliver’s best-selling debut, London: The Information Capital, won three British Cartographic Society Awards for cartographic excellence.


This event is organised by the Jean Golding Institute with support from the Cabot Institute, Q Step, the School of Geographical Sciences and Bristol Festival of Ideas.

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