moveVis R package released

we are happy to announce the release of the R package “moveVis” for animal movement visualization. Beside the simple animation of movement path also static or dynamic remote sensing data can be included to visualize the dependencies of movement and environmental conditions. We are working on further functions and will provide updates soon.

Please install it with install.packages() and look here for more details:

AniMove T-Shirts and cups

we updated our AniMove webshop with our new logo. If you like to get some AniMove Tshirts or cups, please have a look here:

AniMove attendees will get anyways some notepads and pens, but maybe you also like to show up in an AniMove Tshirt.


P.S.: this shop is just for fun, prices are the one by spreadshirt, no money is earned by AniMove

moveVis() R package

a first version of the moveVis() R package for animating animal movement tracks with static or dynamic remote sensing data is nearly ready for the CRAN submission. The new package allows to animate your tracks on a blank landscape, a landscape with a static map such as a land cover classification (as seen on the left) or with a dynamic land cover data sets. The dynamic option allows to fit a remote sensing time-series with corresponding landscape information to the movement tracks. This can either be the NDVI or spectral information depending on the data you feed into the command.

The moveVis() R package has been written by Jakob Schwalb-Willmann a M.Sc. student from the EAGLE M.Sc. program.


We will announce when the moveVis() package is available through CRAN and can be installed easily in R. We are in the final stage to submit it to CRAN and will provide you with updates.

attendees for 2017 selected

We received again many very good applications for AniMove 2017 at MPI but unfortunately we can only host 20 participants. The AniMove core team worked through all applications and selected the top 20 applicants. All applicants are informed about the outcome. We are looking forward to our next AniMove and will decide during the next AniMove if and when we will have the next one. Due to the fact that AniMove is a non for profit initiative and all lecturer are not paid for AniMove teaching, we have to find a good balance of AniMove activities and the normal work of our lecturer – hence we decided to organize it just once a year. If you have not received an acceptance letter this time, we encourage you to apply again next time.

CTMM R package

The continuous-time movement modeling (ctmm) R package ( now has a dedicated Google groups user site, which can be found here:!forum/ctmm-user

We encourage ctmm users to post their questions, suggestions, bug reports, and tips there so they can benefit the entire user community. We will also regularly post news on new versions of ctmm, new features, and the upcoming Shiny GUI for ctmm.

bio-logging symposium 2017

The bio-logging symposium will take place this September in Konstanz, Germany. The symposium from 25th to 29th of September is organized by the MPI of Ornithology, where we also have our AniMove courses.

see more details about the bio-logging symposium here:

you might also want to combine it with the AniMove science school a few weeks earlier – apply before March 31st here: AniMove 2017 at MPI

AniMove logo

After quite some years of AniMove courses and realizing that this idea of one (1) AniMove developed into a series of AniMove science schools, we decided back in summer 2016 during our AniMove at MPI that a logo for AniMove would be great. 6 months later and going through many discussions in 2016 and 2017 we finally have a logo that nicely reflects AniMove topics. We would have loved to have a track, DBB, a satellite, remote sensing or some code in it, but quickly realized that we cannot have a logo which includes all of our topics covered during the 2 intense AniMove weeks. Now we can use it for our upcoming AniMove in August/September at MPI, close to Lake Konstanz, Germany.