Mehrdad Jahanbanifard


As a former Plant.ID PhD fellow, I am developing a computer vision classifier to identify ebony wood samples that are used in musical instruments, especially violin and cello. I am mostly focusing on Malagasy ebony (Diospyros). Since these species are nowadays highly endangered, their trade is only permitted with CITES-permits. By doing this research, I help retailers and importers to avoid trading illegal wood and musicians to play on instruments made from sustainably logged trees.


Ebony wood identification, Machine learning, Microscopic wood imaging 

Mehrdad Jahanbanifard

PhD student
Evolutionary Ecology