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Conservation + Tech

Shaping the next generation of environmental leaders

If you’re passionate or at least curious about the natural world and the extraordinary diversity of life on Earth, and want to contribute to keeping our planet a healthy, life-sustaining home for not just people, but the millions of other species we share this unique world with, then this is the track for you! Please note, this is a new track, launching for the first time in Fall 2020 in partnership with the Rausser College of Natural Resources.

In May 2019, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) published a report emphasizing that close to one million species are currently threatened with extinction. More importantly, according to the IPBES this mass extinction trend will not improve without transformative change, meaning “a fundamental, system-wide reorganization across technological, economic and social factors, including paradigms, goals and values.”

The future will be bleak if we continue to push the inhabitants and functionality of the world’s natural ecosystems to what most experts consider untenable limits. It is thus our intent to recruit, motivate, train, support, and uplift those students who are interested in improving the quality of life on Earth, not only for themselves, but for everyone, including Earth’s other life forms.

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Registered student at UC Berkeley
  • Rising Junior (Sophomore standing when applying) with a passion or curiosity for conservation, biodiversity, social impact, design, and technology.

Example Student Projects with Partner Organizations:

While this is a new track, Conservation + Tech will follow the Fung Fellowship 1+1 model of experiential learning and will pair student teams with organizations currently on the frontlines of biodiversity conservation. These partnerships are critical to our model’s intensive use of student internships and other real-world challenges, and a number of organizations have already expressed interest in the Conservation + Tech track and the need for student support.

Rainforest Connection
Rainforest Connection
Rainforest Connection is interested in how we might employ machine learning to mine audio streams from tropical rainforests to better assess biodiversity.
Argos Satellite System
Argos Satellite System
The Argos satellite monitoring system needs assistance in developing a suite of open-source transmitters that fit wildlife researchers' unique specifications in order to collect data on more endangered species.
Conservation X Labs
Conservation X Labs
Conservation X Labs is prepared to co-design student opportunities with us, and are currently similarly collaborating with other universities to train and mentor students through technology-based conservation projects.

Learn more about our program

If you’re ready for training, skill building, real-world opportunities, and recognition for making positive impacts in biodiversity conservation, then we encourage you to apply to the Fung Fellowship Conservation + Tech track today!

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