Animal Movement Analysis

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Animal Movement Analysis

The Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
University of Amsterdam

To be announced

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The aim of this course is to provide participants with skills to assist them in working with animal movement data including data management and organization, working with large tracking datasets, data exploration, visualization and analysis of movement data. The course content is relevant for participants studying movement in a broad range of taxa and environments, however there is an emphasis on birds in the course exercises (based on an existing set of bird tracking data) and most guest lectures. Participants will learn about the strengths and weaknesses of different tracking technologies for diverse taxa in terrestrial and marine environments. The course will combine several guest lectures from international experts, predominantly hands-on computer work, field experiments, presentations given by participants and focal workshops on the last day of the course. During the course different software packages will be used with most of the work conducted in R, and participants will learn some basic programming and database skills. Course participants are expected to familiarize themselves with R before the beginning of the course, and materials for self-tuition will be provided in advance.

General information
Target Group The course is aimed at scientists at PhD level, with a background in ecology, however MSc students and Postdocs or other researchers interested in attending are welcome to contact us.
Group Size Min. 25, max. 35 participants (in case of too many applications, candidates will be selected according to the following criteria a) scientific motivation and research topic(s), b) time of application, and c) geographic distribution.
Course duration 5 days
Language of instruction English
Frequency of recurrence Every two years
Number of credits 1.5 ECTS
Lecturers Judy Shamoun-Baranes, Willem Bouten, Wouter Vansteelant and Emiel van Loon (Computational Geo-Ecology, University of Amsterdam)
Prior knowledge Basic knowledge of R 
Location University of Amsterdam
Options for accommodation Accommodation is not included in the fee of the course, but there are several possibilities in Amsterdam. Options in the vicinity of the University of Amsterdam are: Casa 400 / Stay Okay Zeeburg / Hotel V
Programme The programme of the latest edition of this course can be downloaded here. This should provide you with an indication of the general build-up of this course. The precise structure of the next edition of this course, may of course differ somewhat.


Fees 1

Generally, the following fees apply for this course, but note that the actual fees may be somewhat different for the next edition of this course.

PE&RC / SENSE PhD candidates with an approved TSP € 225,- € 275,-
a) All other PhD candidates
b) Postdocs and staff of the above mentioned Graduate Schools
€ 490,- € 540,-
All others € 715,- € 765,-

1 The course fee includes course material, lunch, 3 group dinners, coffee/tea, and evening drinks. It does not include accommodation (NB: options for accommodation are given above)
2 The Early-Bird Fee generally applies to anyone who REGISTERS AT LEAST 4 WEEKS PRIOR TO THE START OF THE COURSE

More information

Claudius van de Vijver (PE&RC)
Phone: +31 (0) 317 485116


This course is currently closed for registration, and will re-open once a new edition of this course is scheduled.