Mathieu Basille
Clément Calenge
Jodie Martin
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Vincent Tolon
Training courses

PostGIS workshop: Next Generation Data Management in Movement Ecology

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This page is about the 2017 PostGIS workshop, which took place in May 2017!


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Dates: May 8–12 2017

Venue: Fort Lauderdale REC, Davie, Florida


Instructors: Simona Picardi, David Bucklin & Mathieu Basille (UF WEC)

Guest lecturers: Anne Berger (Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research, Germany), Francesca Cagnacci (Fondazione Edmund Mach, Italy), Hamish Campbell (Charles Darwin University, Australia), Levente Juhász (UF Geomatics) & Ferdinando Urbano (Independent researcher, Italy)

Attendance: Open to Natural Resource managers and other professionals (for a fee), UF students (with a tuition waiver) and non-UF students (for a fee). Limited seats are available on a first come – first served basis.


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Recent technological progress has 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, and weather. Based on several years of experience on multiple species, this intensive five-day workshop is designed to teach participants how 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, participants will be exposed to basics of spatial databases for wildlife tracking data, using PostgreSQL/PostGIS, the reference free and open-source database system. The second part will focus on the integration of environmental data in the process. The third part will 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 for a wide audience, basic knowledge of SQL, spatial databases and R are highly recommended to get the best experience.

Before the workshop


Urbano, F. & Cagnacci, F. (ed.) (2014) Spatial Database for GPS Wildlife Tracking Data: A Practical Guide to Creating a Data Management System with PostgreSQL/PostGIS and R. Springer, 257 pp. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-03743-1

[last update: 2017/06/16]