Dr Carol Bedoya
Carol, originally from Medellín (Colombia), is the sanctuary’s data scientist. Carol’s work focuses on developing machine learning methodologies to automatically detect and identify species and individuals, which we use to monitor our birds and answer research questions. Carol has a BSc (Hons) and an MSc in Electronic Engineering from the University of Antioquia, and a PhD in Biological Sciences from the University of Canterbury. His areas of expertise include computational intelligence (artificial neural networks, clustering algorithms, fuzzy logic, evolutionary computation) and animal acoustics (bioacoustics, ecoacoustics, and biotremology).
Currently I am enjoying my time spent split between managing the Atarau Sanctuary and working as an environmental field technician gathering water and coal samples for Verum. My career has been spent working within the dairy industry In which I am still involved by working as an A.I technician for two months of the year to inseminate dairy cows with the top genetics from L.I.C. I feel spoilt to have such a fantastic job looking after both the Atarau Sanctuary and the Great spotted Kiwi that stay with us as I have always had a passion for both nature and being outdoors. In my spare time I enjoy building things, diving for both gold and crayfish, and any extreme non committal sport that is in season.