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Title

Remote Animal Tracking Technology

Dates

26 - 28 May 2021

Organizer(s)

Dr Bernhard Voelkl, UNIBE

Speakers

Dr Bernhard Voelkl, University of Bern
Dr Elisa Perinot, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
Dr Roxana Triguero-Ocaña, Instituto de Investigación en Recursos Cinegéticos, Spain

Description

In this 2.5-day course the participants will be introduced to different modern technologies for remote animal tracking.

Automated tracking of animal movements is becoming an increasingly important and popular method for phenotyping animal behaviour with applications for animal ecology, wildlife monitoring and epidemiological surveillance. The method usually involves fitting animals with small devices that either autonomously log activity data of animals or allow identifying or locating tagged individuals. The technologies presented in this course are GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System), RFID (radio frequency identification) and UHF (Ultra High Frequency) based proximity detectors.

 

Program

On the first day, the participants learn about the aspects of data collection in behavioural ecology and how technological advances redefine the range of questions that can be addressed. After a general introduction, the first lecture block will introduce GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System), first the theoretical and technical basis and then its application for animal monitoring using real-word examples. The second lecture block will introduce high-precision GNSS, allowing positioning with with centimeter accuracy--a high-end technique that has only very recently found its way into animal tracking.

On the second day, the students learn about RFID tracking systems with a focus on passive RFID tags. After a short theoretical introduction, practical examples will be given and different methods to analyse logged data will be presented. In the afternoon session UHF proximity detectors will be introduced, their technical advantages and limitations will be discussed and examples from recent field-work will provide a vivid picture of the applicability of this technology under field conditions.

On the last day the speakers will give a joint discussion of further analysis options applicable to data derived from all three tracking technologies, including network analysis. The speakers bring in extensive experience from having worked with all the introduced techniques under field conditions and cannot only present the theory of the techniques but also provide ample practical advice. During the course participants will be introduced to RKT LIB and Q-GIS. Examples for further analysis will involve scripts written in Python, R and Mathematica. A basic understanding of data handling and scripting (in R) will be advantegeous, though no in-depth knowledge of the programs and programming environments is required.

Location

Online

Evaluation

Full attendance and active participation.

Make sure to sign the attendance list each and every day!

Information

When?
26 to 28 May 2021
09:00-17:00 (with lunch/coffee breaks) the first 2 days, and Fri 28th 09:00-13:00

Where?
Online
The link will be forwarded to registered participants in due time

Questions?
Marta Bellone
@: ecologie-evolution@cuso.ch

Expenses

Reimbursement:

As the course will be held online, no reimbursement can be claimed

Registration

Register through your MyCUSO account!!

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Deadline for registration: 16 May 2021

Priority is given to PhD students of the DPEE until 1 May 2021. After this deadline, places will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis, starting from the people in waiting list.

Registration Fees:

Free for participants enrolled in the CUSO Ecology & Evolution doctoral program

In case of cancellations, before the deadline: free

Late cancellations or no-show: 100 CHF administrative fee

Other participants: please contact the program coordinator at ecologie-evolution(at)cuso.ch

Places

16

Deadline for registration 16.05.2021
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