Alan Stenhouse

Mr Alan Stenhouse

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Student

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences

I am looking at improving the quality of Citizen Science data collected on mobile platforms as well as tools to analyse and distribute this data more effectively, with the aim to improve Conservation outcomes. Have developed apps and other software tools for the Great South Australian Koala Count and the national echidna research program called echidnaCSI and am working on further tools for improving biodiversity monitoring and management.

My research aims to evaluate the promises and pitfalls of technology use in Citizen Science for conservation and to develop novel ways of using currently available technology to improve the quality of data obtained using Citizen Science programs in order to improve conservation outcomes.

I aim to determine better methods of using existing mobile technologies combined with easy-to-use software for Citizen Science programs for conservation. The aim is to improve the quality of data through better use of integrated technology available on common mobile phones combined with an easy to use interface and more intelligent on-board processing.  I will develop a mobile application that shows increased quality of data using these new methods.

I am also developing novel software systems for Citizen Science conservation-related programs. These will consist of mobile applications combined with easy-to-use back-end systems. These will allow easier control and more rapid data analysis, verification and validation by conservation scientists, thereby speeding up the dissemination of this data to conservation management and enabling quicker adaptive management.

  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2021 Stenhouse, A., Perry, T., Grützner, F., Lewis, M., & Koh, L. P. (2021). EchidnaCSI – Improving monitoring of a cryptic species at continental scale using Citizen Science. Global Ecology and Conservation, 28, e01626.
    2020 Stenhouse, A., Roetman, P., Lewis, M., & Koh, L. P. (2020). Koala Counter: Recording Citizen Scientists’ Search Paths to Improve Data Quality. Global Ecology and Conservation, 24, 1-12.
    DOI Scopus1
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    Stenhouse, A. (n.d.). Poster-Tech-CitSci-Conservation-2017-07.pdf. Poster session presented at the meeting of Unknown Conference.
  • Theses

    Year Citation
    1992 Stenhouse, A. (1992). A Basis for the Exploration of Hypermedia Systems: A Guided Path Facility. (Master's Thesis, Massey University).
  • Software

    Year Citation
    Stenhouse, A. (n.d.). CitizenScience-KoalaCount-app [Computer Software].
    Stenhouse, A. (n.d.). echidnaCSI-app [Computer Software].
  • Presentations

    Year Citation
    Stenhouse, A., Roetman, P., Koh, L. P., Grutzner, F., & Perry, T. (n.d.). Developing Citizen Science Apps for Conservation Biology: Koala Counter and EchidnaCSI.
  • Position: PhD Student
  • Phone: 83132796
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  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Oliphant, floor 3
  • Room: 3 11
  • Org Unit: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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