Ruth Oliver is an Assistant Professor at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on developing methodologies and leveraging emerging technologies to harness the power of big data to gain new ecological insights and create global biodiversity metrics that can inform policy choices. Ruth's current work employs automated biodiversity sensors, such as camera traps, audio recorders, and tracking devices, to understand how wildlife respond to anthropogenic change. Ruth joined the Bren School from Yale University, where she was an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Biodiversity and Global Change. She holds a bachelor's degree in Physics from Claremont McKenna College and a PhD in Earth and Environmental Science from Columbia University.