Sunday, August 7, 2016: 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
220, Ft Lauderdale Convention Center
Mathieu Basille, University of Florida
Francesca Cagnacci, Harvard University;
David Bucklin, University of Florida;
Simona Picardi, University of FLorida; and
Nathan Ranc, Harvard University
Recent technological progress allowed ecologists to obtain a huge amount and diversity of animal movement data sets of increasing spatial and temporal resolution and size, together with complex associated information related to the environmental context, such as habitat types based on remote sensing, population density, weather. Based on several years of experience on multiple species, this intense one-day workshop is designed to handle, manage, store and retrieve movement data in a spatial database, and how to eventually feed them to analysis tools. In the first part of the course (3 hours), participants will be exposed to basics of spatial databases for wildlife tracking data, using PostgreSQL/PostGIS, the reference free software in the field. Then, the second part will focus on the integration of environmental data in the process (2 hours). The third part (3 hours) will specifically tackle the specifics of movement data, and how to connect the database to the R statistical environment for analysis. Step by step, using reproducible, hands-on exercises that will be released on-line, we will provide a complete and seamless procedure from raw data to final analysis that will enable participants to fully manage and integrate complex animal movement data sets. Although the workshop is intended to a wide audience, basic knowledge of SQL, spatial databases and R are highly recommended to get the best experience.