ONLINE COURSE – Movement Ecology (MOVE05)
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13th - 17th March 2023
The course will cover the concepts, technology and software tools that can be used to analyse movement data (from ringing/CMR to VHF/GPS) in ecology and evolution. We will cover elementary and advanced analysis and modelling techniques broadly applicable across taxa, from microorganisms to vertebrates, highlighting the advantages of a unified Movement Ecology framework. We will provide the necessary bases in ecology (especially behavioural ecology), physics and mathematics/statistics, to be able to identify for any specific research question the most appropriate study species, logging technology (incl. attachment methods), and statistical/mathematical modelling approach. We will specifically address the challenges and opportunities at each of the steps of the proposed ‘question-driven approach’, combining theory with computer-based practicals in R. We will also address the challenges of applying the results of the analyses to applied management problems and communicate the findings to non-experts.
Day 1 - Movement Fundamentals
Conceptual component: Introduction to movement ecology, movement and behaviour, spatial and movement path analysis.
Practical component: Movement path analysis I – from steps and turns to movement path segmentation; Movement path analysis II – movement modes (home rage, dispersal, migration, nomadism) and the squared displacement method.
Day 2 - Home Range Analysis
Conceptual component: Ecological definitions and interpretations of home ranges, home range estimation, comparisons between estimators and the question-driven approach.
Practical component: Utilization distribution; comparison of contrasting kernel home range estimation methods, isopleth creation, core area & home range overlap.
Day 3 - Dynamic Interactions and Temporal Metrics of Movement
Conceptual component: Movements of interacting animals – static and dynamic interactions; scales of movement – first-passage and residence time analysis.
Practical component: Static and dynamic interaction indices; estimation of first-passage and residence time metrics.
Day 4 - Introduction to Resource Selection, and Effects of Scale
Conceptual component: Theories of resource and habitat selection, history of approaches, and current methodologies and caveats including definitions of availability and scale effects for RSF and other movement metrics
Practical component: Data projections and R as a GIS; Scale-integrated models of movement, availability sampling, and RSF estimation and interpretation.
Day 5 - Step-Selection Functions and Instantaneous Availability
Conceptual component: Introduction to step selection, decision-making processes, null and alternative models for definitions of availability within SSF, movement-integrated step-selection analysis
Practical component: Creation of available step data, estimation of SSF using multiple packages and approaches, simulation of utilization and occurrence distributions.
Attendees will be guided through practicals by both instructors to ensure you get the most from their experience.
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