The course's objective is to introduce students to technologies and procedures for biotelemetric and biologging studies. The course is intended for graduate students working with projects involving field studies of vertebrate taxa. The course will focus primarily on arctic wildlife species. Course topics include:
- Basic principles for radio signal transmission and antenna theory;
- Telemetric technology, regulations, and management of frequencies;
- Ethics (animal welfare) in biotelemetry/biologging;
- Introduction to VHF-based telemetry and GPS-positioning systems in biotelemetry;
- Telemetry and biologging equipment - a manufacturer's perspective;
- User issues - another manufacturer's perspective;
- Maps, mapping, and GPS technology - practical applications;
- Acoustic telemetry - methods and science questions;
- Range size, habitat use, etc. - storage and retrieval of data, and the integration of animal tracks and terrestrial environmental data;
- An introduction to GIS tools;
- Design considerations/limitations in marine mammal biotelemetry;
- Biotelemetry and biologging with Svalbard's marine mammals;
- Linking marine mammal telemetry and the environment;
- Remote methods in sea bird research;
- Fish tracking;
- Physiological telemetry - applications and potential; and
- Looking into the future.
During the course, students will go into the field on several daylong expeditions in boats and on snowmobiles. Safety training is provided at the start of all course offerings at UNIS. Foreign student participation is encouraged, and tuition is free in Norway. UNIS is highly international and classes are conducted in English.
Application deadline: Tuesday, 15 February 2011.
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Ane Hammervoll Bjorsvik
Graduate Course - Biotelemetry and Biologging
Tue, Jan 25, 2011
The University Studies on Svalbard (UNIS) will offer a graduate course in Biotelemetry and Biologging in May 2011. The course is for MSc and PhD students, and will take place in Longyearbyen, Norway.