The future of UAVs in ecology: an insider perspective from the Silicon Valley drone industry.

The goal of this article is to provide an inside look at the leading edge of the drone industry from the perspective of an ecologist (and colleagues) working for a Silicon Valley drone company. We intend to do the following: (i) give ecologists a working understanding of existing and emerging technology (remaining as brand-neutral as possible); (ii) advise on a starting place for integrating drones into field research; (iii) advocate for immediate adoption and development of drone technologies specific to ecology; and (iv) encourage “thinking big” about the potential for drones to revolutionize the study of ecosystems.