Training Opportunity: Short course on analyzing animal tracking data

This is an NSF-funded workshop on using Movebank and the Env-DATA Track Annotation Service to analyze animal tracking data. It is intended for graduate students or other professionals interested in relating animal tracking data to environmental data. Applications are due March 1, 2019.

Date published: 2019/02/06

Date and Time: Tue, Apr 30, 2019, 8:00 AM – Thu, May 2, 2019, 8:00 AM BST

Location: Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE), University of Glasgow, UK

Costs: Travel and $100 registration fee (covers room and board). Limited travel support is available and can be requested in the application.


  1. Movebank basics.
  2. How to use Env-DATA to annotate animal tracks and simulated data.
  3. How to visually explore movement data and covariates.
  4. How to calculate basic descriptive movement characteristics.
  5. Example simple Resource Selection Functions and discussion of advanced aspects of this topic.

Requirements & Expectations

  • You must have a working knowledge of Program R.
  • Bring your own laptop with the latest version of R and R Studio installed.
  • You will need a Movebank user name (register here).
  • Animal movement data used for this course must be stored in Movebank so that they can be annotated using Env-DATA. If you want to use your own data you must upload it to Movebank at least one week before the course (contact [email protected] for help). Using Movebank does not obligate you to share your data with anyone else. If you do not already have tracking data we can help you find some to work with during the course.
  • This will not be an exhaustive coverage of points 3-5, we will schedule discussion time to allow us to explore certain aspects in more detail.
  • Class size will be ~25.
  • We will have a poster session and social the afternoon of the first day. This is an informal event for the group to meet each other and share more about current or recent tracking- and bio-logging-related projects you are working on.


30 April: Arrival (shuttle to SCENE from Glasgow)

1 May: Workshop, poster session in afternoon

2 May: Workshop, optional evening departure

3 May: Morning departure (shuttle to Glasgow from SCENE)


To Apply

To apply for this course please visit this link. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2019. Approved applicants will register using this page in March. 

Check the event page or contact the organizer Roland Kays for more information.

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