AniMove summer school 2019


June 3rd – June 14th, 2019

Max Planck – Yale Center for Biodiversity Movement and Global Change

New Haven, Connecticut, USA


About AniMove: Animal Movement Analysis summer school is offered as a two-week 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. Course participants will have the opportunity to apply learned techniques to their own data during the course.

Animal movement is critical for maintenance of ecosystem services and biodiversity. The study of complex movement patterns and of the factors that control such patterns is essential to inform conservation research and environmental management. Technological advances have greatly increased our ability to track, study, and manage animal movements. But analyzing and contextualizing vast amounts of tracking data can present scientific, computational, and technical challenges that require scientists and practitioners to master new skills from a wide range of computational disciplines.

AniMove, a collective of international researchers with extensive experience in these topics, teaches a two-week intensive non-profit training course for studying animal movement. This two-week course focuses on interdisciplinary approaches linking animal movement with environmental factors to address challenging theoretical and applied questions in conservation biology. To achieve this, participants will acquire significant skills in computational ecology, movement data pre-processing and analysis, modeling, remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

During the two week course, participants learn new skills through lectures and hands-on exercises in data management, analysis and modeling approaches. Among others, the following topics will be covered:

  • Spatial data introduction
  • Spatial data handling in QGIS and R
  • Movement data in R
  • Dealing with time, space, and projections in R,
  • Visualizing movement data,
  • Measures of movement,
  • Trajectory based analyses including behavioral segmentation of movement paths, geometry of movement paths, simulating walks, path recursion
  • Area based analysis including various home range measurements, and utilization distributions
  • Linking environmental with movement data including raster and vector layers, remote sensing data, and statistical analyses.

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.

Throughout the course, only open source software (mainly R and QGIS) is used and all analyses rely mainly on open access environmental datasets. Evening lectures will provide the broader context of animal movement and remote sensing analysis.

Admission to this two-week course requires some prior working knowledge of R. More advanced techniques with regard to animal movement and remote sensing analysis will be introduced in the course, the main focus will be on the actual state-of-the-art analysis of animal movement and remote sensing data. Remote sensing, GIS, and modeling knowledge are advantageous but not mandatory for participation.  


June 3rd – June 14th, 2019



 Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA


 Application Procedure 

Please submit one (1) .pdf file with your CV (resume), a Personal Statement of Interest and Qualifications (maximum 350 words), and two references (name and email) of colleagues who are familiar with your professional/academic work. Please state clearly what your animal movement analysis and R skills are and what you expect from AniMove.

We will ask that each course participant bring their own laptop computer, with free software and R packages pre-installed. We will provide a list of software and packages prior to the course.

Applications will be accepted until February 1, 2019. Course admission notifications will be emailed by February 28, 2019.


Application deadline: February 1st, 2019 

Course Costs


Payment Deadline: April 30th, 2019 

The total cost for this two-week course is $2100 USD (full board). Full board package includes course fees, breakfast, lunch, coffee/tea, snacks, and refreshments. Accommodation is multiple occupancy (max. 2 people) single sex en-suite rooms. Arrival on Monday, June 3nd and departure on Saturday June 15th. Vegetarian options are provided. A limited number of “course only” packages including course fees, breakfast, lunch, coffee/tea, snacks, and refreshments can be obtained upon request.


AniMove is a non-profit initiative, all lecturers are not paid. Fees are only used to cover expenses. 

Course fee includes: 

  • Instruction, course participations and course materials.

  • Accommodation for the two weeks

  • Welcome and Closing dinners

  • Meals and drinks (non-alcoholic beverages) for the two weeks (breakfast, lunch, coffee/tea, snacks, and refreshments)

Not included: 

  • Alcoholic beverages, dinners outside of welcome and closing dinners, etc.


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