Specialized 5 day AniMove

“Statistics for animal tracking data”


Focusing on continuous time movement models (ctmm)

February 11th – February 15th, 2019

Smithsonian, U.S.

“AniMove: statistics for animal tracking data” at the Smithsonian is a 5 day professional training course, that targets students, researchers and conservation practitioners that have collected animal relocation data and want to learn how to analyze these data using continuous time movement models (ctmm). Course participants will have the opportunity to apply learned techniques to their own data during the course.

This one week course provides a set of accessible statistical tools for analyzing animal tracking data. The course is aimed at beginners to tracking data analysis and does not assume familiarity with movement modeling or with advanced statistics or mathematics. Emphasis is placed on understanding and interpreting the analyses in biological terms, and linking analyses to ecological questions. The course is divided into core modules using the graphical ctmmweb software, advanced modules using the ctmm package in R, and a 2-day research project supported by the instructors. After the course, students will be individually reimbursed for the course fee and the dining and housing package fees. Other expenses, including travel to the Washington DC area, will not be reimbursed.

AniMove is an international collective of researchers with experience related to animal tracking data that offers a range of movement analysis training courses.

Participants can work individually or in small groups. Following lectures participants have the opportunity to gain hands on experience by applying learned methods to data sets. Participants are encouraged to bring their own data to apply course content.

Admission to this 5 day course requires basic prior working knowledge of R. More advanced techniques with regard to animal movement analysis will be introduced in the course, the main focus will be on the application of continuous time movement models (ctmm).


February 11th – February 15th, 2019


Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, Virginia, USA

Application Procedure

Please see the SCBI page for the application procedure. The course fees are reimbursable in full after the program through NSF grant ABI 1458748.

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Application deadline expires on November 16th, 2018


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