Gordon Research Conference on Animal Movement

Jennifer was invited to participate in a panel on Career Routes in Movement Ecology: The Academic World and Beyond at the Gordon Research Seminar at the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco in Lucca (Barga), Italy. The seminar was held in conjunction with the conference on “Animal Movement as a Link Between Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.”

Jennifer invited to give seminar at University of Amsterdam

I was invited to give a seminar at the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam. The visit coincided with King’s Day, a national holiday to celebrate the King’s birthday.

Jennifer presents research at Geocomputation conference

Jennifer presented her work on “A computational movement analysis approach for modelling interactions between pairs of moving objects” at the 2017 Geocomputation conference in Leeds, UK. Paul Holloway (UT PhD ’16) also presented his work on “Individual-based modelling of species’ dynamic resource use.”


Lots of ham was eaten

Friends of Ham

Jennifer participates in Leiden workshop

Jennifer was back in Europe for a Leiden workshop on Movement: New Sensors, New Data, New Challenges. Lorentz Center (Leiden, The Netherlands), August 21-25, 2017. Jennifer gave a keynote lecture on “Advances & Issues in Spatial Ecology (with applications & implications for Movement pattern analysis and computational movement analysis)”.

We all rented bikes and were able to bike to and from the workshop and to downtown Leiden. The end-of-workshop dinner was on the beach in Katwijk.

Modeling interactions workshop at UT

I co-organized (along with Harvey Miller and Gil Bohrer from Ohio State) a workshop on Modeling interactions as part of a two workshop series focused on addressing issues in computational movement analysis. The workshops are intended
to draw participants from both the human movement/mobility and animal movement ecology fields.

The interaction workshop was held at UT-Austin Nov. 10-11, 2016. We had about 30 participants and 3 great keynotes from Francesca Cagnacci, Patrick Laube, and Jed Long. More information is here.

The 2nd workshop will be held at Ohio State May 10-11, 2017. More information is here.

Workshop participants
Workshop participants

New article on analyzing dynamic interactions

A new paper that continues my research on analyzing dynamic interactions using GPS data has just been published. This article employs a null model approach to assess how six currently used dynamic interaction metrics vary in terms of the type and magnitude of interaction they measure. ‘Towards a better understanding of dynamic interaction metrics for wildlife: a null model approach‘ (also see ‘Using spatially explicit simulated data to analyze animal interactions: a case study with brown hyenas in northern Botswana‘). This work will be presented as part of a special Frontiers in GIScience Research session at the ESRI User Conference July 22, 2015.

This research is supported by NSF #1424920.