New York Times features MPYC flagship project

January 21, 2021

A Max-Planck Yale Center flagship project, ICARUS (International Cooperation for Animal Research Using Space), a system including a receiver on the International Space Station, was featured in a New York Times Magazine article entitled “ How Far Does Wildlife Roam? Ask the Internet of Animals”. The article highlights the role ICARUS is playing in tracking wildlife and identifying areas in need of protection.


Center Co-director, Martin Wikelski, was quoted in the article “In the past, scientists acquired such insights by accompanying animals into their wild places, with all the terror and tedium that entails. With ICARUS they will do so by watching blips on a screen and crunching satellite data. But that physical alienation from the living, breathing ferocity of wild creatures, Wikelski says, belies the deeper connection that wildlife tracking allows. Through the pulses of data streaming from the tags to the ICARUS computers, the wild animals tell us “what they feel, what they see,” he says. “It’s the closest you can really — not talk to, but at least let the animal talk to you.” What we hear could draw them closer to us, before they slip away.”


To read the article published in New York Times Magazine click here