Summer School on Management and Analysis of Animal Tracking Data

Stuck in motion?

Reconnecting questions and tools in movement ecology

A journey from fundamental issues to emerging theories through a growing jungle of techniques

to analyze animal tracking data


Bram van Moorter, post-doctoral researcher, NINA-CCB, Norway
Manuela Panzacchi, post-doctoral researcher, NINA-CCB, Norway
Francesca Cagnacci, confirmed researcher, Research and Innovation Centre, FEM, Italy
Mark S. Boyce, Professor, University of Alberta, Canada

Hedmark University College, Evenstad, Norway,
11-17 August 2012




The Summer School focused on alternative approaches to answer key ecological questions in the form of debates among an impressive list of scientists working on animal movements. Each lesson was composed of lectures on alternative approaches to answer specific ecological questions, and DEMOS with the scripts required to implement those approaches using commonly freely available software such as R, PostgreSQL, QGIS.
We started by building a SpatialLite database for animal GPS data and environmental data, then we modeled trajectories, we performed statistical and mechanistic home ranges, and finally estimated habitat selection. In addition, we debated frequentist vs. bayesian approaches (Subash Lele & Guillaume Chapron), and we had a lecture on advanced spatio-temporal databases (Ralf Güting). 

All slides, scripts and sample data to perform the analyses discussed are freely available, together with the videos associated to each lecture, debate and DEMO, in the "Download" and "Link" panes, right


All materials (videos, presentations, data, and text) are available for private or educational purposes only. Any use for commercial purposes, or to the advantage of specific parties is not admitted. Credits should be given as follows “Stuck in motion- Summer school- Evenstad, 11-17/8/2012. Organised and funded by IRSAE-Hedmark-Norway, NINA-Trondheim-Norway, FEM-Trento-Italy, University of Alberta-Edmonton-Canada, MOVE (COST Action IC0903)”. Use of this material without proper credit is not admitted.


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