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Training Course - An Introduction To Investigating Home Ranges Of Individual Animals, Glasgow, 9th - 10th February 2015

GIS In Ecology will be holding an introductory training course on the investigation of home ranges of individual animals in Glasgow on the 9th to 10th of February 2015. It will be taught by Dr. Colin D. MacLeod, the author of An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology (Pictish Beast Publications) and it is aimed at those who want learn how to use GIS to study the home ranges of individual animals. The course assumes no prior knowledge of GIS. This course will be followed by a second course on how to create custom GIS tools, which will be held at the same venue on the 11th and 12th of February 2015.

In theory, studying the home ranges of individual animals is relatively straight forward. However, in practice, conducting home range studies is much more complex. This course aims to provide an introduction to the concepts and application of home range analyses using a GIS-based framework. This includes practical exercises which will cover calculating minimum convex polygons (MCPs) and kernel density estimates (KDEs) in environments with and without barriers. It is aimed at anyone who wishes to use GIS to study the home ranges of animals in either the terrestrial or aquatic environments, even if they have little or no existing knowledge of GIS. It will primarily use ArcGIS software, but it will also cover the use of ArcMET and Geospatial Modelling Environment (GME) for home range analyses (see below for information on where you can get these software packages from). All practical sessions will be conducted with standard data sets, and this means that you do not need to have your own data to attend this course.

NOTE: When you attend this course you will receive a free copy of An Introduction To Using GIS In Marine Biology: Supplementary Workbook Four - Investigating Home Ranges Of Individual Animals as the practical exercises in that course are based on the ones contained in that book (although this course aimed at all biologists/ecologists and not just those working in the marine environment).

Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 14 people. The course will cost £295 per person (£200 for students, the unwaged and those working for registered charities). To book a place, or for more information, contact

At the end of the course, all attendees will receive a certificate of attendance and completion. Each certificate is embossed with the GIS In Ecology official stamp to prevent its fraudulent reproduction. In addition, each certificate has its own unique identification number that we will record, along with your name, meaning that we can verify the authenticity of the certificates we issue (and the course you have completed) on request.

To attend this course, you must bring your own laptop computer and have a fully licensed copy of ArcGIS software (the course will primarily be taught based on ArcGIS 10.2, but ArcGIS 10.1, 10.0 and 9.3 will also be supported), and a licence for the ArGIS Spatial Analyst extension pre-installed on it. You can find information about how to get this software package by clicking here. In addition, you will need to have a licence for the Spatial Analyst extension and a copy of ArcMET (which can be downloaded from here) and Geospatial Modelling Environment (which can be downloaded from here).

Glasgow has great transport links and is within half a days travel by car or by fast train links from most cities in the UK.  For example, it can be reached in as little as 4h 30mins from London by train. It can also be reached by direct flights from many European cities and the flight time is generally under four hours.

The course will be held in central Glasgow at the IET Glasgow Teacher Building (14 St Enoch Square, Glasgow, G1 4DB, UK - click here for information on how to get there and on parking if you are coming by car).

Attendees will be responsible for their own accommodation. However, Glasgow provides a wide range of accommodation options to fit most budgets. Information on hotels in Glasgow can be found here and while information on hostels can be found here.  As a general rule, if you can find accommodation near the venue or one of Glasgow’s Subway stations (click here to see where these stations are located), you will be able to get to the venue very easily. 




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