Course Description:

This course is a 2-credit, 4-day short course/workshop on the analysis of animal space use, spanning basic and current topics in animal habitat selection and movement, primarily from GPS data. The course is taught by Dr. Ryan Long and Dr. Sophie Gilbert at the University of Idaho campus in Moscow, ID. The course is open to both graduate students and professionals, and requires basic proficiency in ArcGIS and the program R.

Before the course begins, the following resources may prove useful

Recommended reading list:

  1. McLoughlin et al. 2009
  2. Knopff et al. 2014
  3. van Beest et al. 2015
  4. DeCesare et al. 2014
  5. Latham et al. 2011
  6. Armstrong et al. 2016
  7. Others to be added

Computing requirements:

This course will be taught in a computer lab, so participants are not required to download/install ArcGIS or R before-hand.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Best Western, which is within walking distance of the University.


Course structure:


Day 1 (Jan. 5): Ryan Long.

Day 2: Ryan Long.

Day 3: Sophie Gilbert. Ecological complexity in resource selection functions.

Day 4: Sophie Gilbert. Step selection functions and behavioral models.