Gloria Mugo is the Tsavo GIS and Database officer for Save The Elephants Human-Elephant Co-Existence program based in Tsavo, Kenya. The Human- Elephant Co-existence program provides a research- and evidence-based solutions for enabling communities living in the front-line of human-elephant conflict to find alternative approaches to protecting their homes and livelihoods whilst engaging in other forms of income generating activities. These communities embrace solutions that impact-oriented and have thus opened their homes and environment to researchers to test out solutions that are positively impactful, and yield results in form of higher income yields in the short-term as well as the long-term. The Human-Elephant Co-existence program has a highly talented team of scholar and seasoned professionals who investigate, design, develop, publish and communicate tested and verified human-elephant co-existence based actionable solutions.
As a seasoned GIS and Remote Sensing specialist for the Human-Elephant Co-existence program, Gloria’s goal is to make everybody GIS users by providing back-end support and solutions for spatial analytics and location intelligence. People hear the word GIS and think M A P. Gloria helps her institution and colleagues make better data-driven informed decisions with the power of location, which entails more than maps. Her responsibilities in this role include conducting research into the best applications of satellite imaging in identifying and mapping floral compositions of vegetation, tracking, recording and mapping footprint-by-footprint movement of elephants in the community areas post crop-raiding activities and developing and managing a system of location-based digital data collection, automated submissions, analysis, and graphical dashboard visualizations, reporting and calendar notifications which saw improved productivity in field-based data collection activities by 79.8%.
Gloria brings to her position a well-established background in Geospatial technologies and Remote Sensing research services. She has gained more interest in biodiversity related applications of remote sensing and GIS technology, which has seen her conduct years of intensive research as the lead researcher, and recently publish her work findings in the journal of Remote Sensing. She rose ranks from being an Intern with the organization in 2016, completing her MSc. in Applied GIS and remote sensing at the University of Southampton in 2019, to becoming the go-to GIS specialist. Prior to joining Save The Elephants Human-Elephant Co-Existence program, she interned at Oakar Services Limited where she was engaged in refining the geospatial training materials for the ERDAS Imagine remote sensing software and this was the core activity for this company as a Hexagon geospatial solutions provider.
Gloria believes that geospatial capacity, capability, knowledge transfer and integrated GIS systems and services are fundamental to improving and strengthening most global environmental initiatives.