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Title: Lead remote sensing specialist
Location: Berlin, Germany
Fields of operation: Science
Aurélie Shapiro is the lead remote sensing specialist for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), currently based at WWF-Germany in Berlin. Aurélie and her small team strategically manages WWF's remote sensing efforts, supporting WWF offices worldwide through new technologies for conservation using data from space, airplanes, drones and mobile technology in marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Aurélie also builds collaborations with universities and space agencies and manages, centralizes and distributes all of WWF's geo-spatial data holdings through the Global Observation and Biodiversity Information Portal. Aurélie received a Master's in Environmental Management from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment, in North Carolina, USA in 2001. She started her career at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Special Projects Office, developing remote sensing techniques for mapping and monitoring coral reefs and land-based pollution in U.S. overseas territories. In 2007, Aurélie joined the Conservation Science Program at WWF-US in Washington, D.C., and then in 2010 transitioned to WWF-Germany to lead a project on the development of a national forest carbon map for the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) derived from airborne LiDAR and satellite imagery and has remained ever since to support WWF projects more widely. At the same time, Aurélie is currently working towards her phD on the topic of forest degradation in the DRC with the Geomatics Laboratory at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.