Confirming Zero

Rapidly and accurately detecting invasive vertebrates on islands
Open for Entries


Learn about the challenges posed by island invasive from the Cabritos Island Restoration Project:

Bellard, C., Cassey, P., & Blackburn, T. M. (2016).Alien species as a driver of recent extinctions. Biology letters, 12(2), 20150623.

Cruz, F., Carrion, V., Campbell, K. J., Lavoie, C., & Donlan, C. J. (2009).Bio-economics of large-scale eradication of feral goats from Santiago Island, Galápagos. Journal of Wildlife Management, 73(2), 191-200.

DIISE, 2015. The Database of Island Invasive Species Eradications, developed by Island Conservation, Coastal Conservation Action Laboratory UCSC, IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group, University of Auckland and Landcare Research New Zealand.

Ramsey, D. and Will, D. (2012).Framework for undertaking eradication programs on insular populations of vertebrate pests. Unpublished Client Report for Island Conservation, Arthur Rylah Institute for Environmental Research.

Ramsey, D. S. L., J. P. Parkes, D. Will, C. C. Hanson, & K. J. Campbell (2011).Quantifying the success of feral cat eradication, San Nicolas Island, California. New Zealand Journal of Ecology, 35(2), 163-173

Spatz, D. R., Zilliacus, K. M., Holmes, N. D., Butchart, S. H., Genovesi, P., Ceballos, G., … & Croll, D. A. (2017). Globally threatened vertebrates on islands with invasive species. Science Advances, 3(10), e1603080.

Respond to this Challenge!

Ready to help us detect and address invasive vertebrates and their effects on island ecosystems? Think you’ve got a good idea or potential solution that might help tackle this challenge? Then, let’s get to work!

Please share and submit your idea or project here. Challenge Leaders are eager to work with project instigators and develop and apply promising solution ideas. The community will help shape and improve your idea, and the Digital Makerspace can offer tools and exposure to help you get traction.

Your project idea may be eligible for the Con X Tech Prize, a prototyping grant competition run by Conservation X Labs. Check to see if there is an active competition and get started on building your idea!


Advancing Innovation for Invasive Species Management


Ideation Phase
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Market Shaping Phase
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David Will [40]
GIS Program Manager
Island Conservation
Santa Cruz, United States
Tom Quigley [3205]
Community Manager
Conservation X Labs
Washington, United States
Tom Quigley [3205]
Community Manager
Conservation X Labs
Washington, United States