Spatial analysis for landscape ecologists. Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in postgraduate research

The 2014 workshop on 'Spatial analysis for landscape ecologists' was organised on 15th-16th July in University of Reading. The event was aimed at PhD and Msc students studying landscape ecology and related subjects, such as ecology, geography and archeology. 

This workshop introduced students to the spatial data and software packages which are available for landscape and ecological research. Guest speakers in the workshop included researchers from the University of Aberdeen and Forest Research.

Interactive sessions included a practical introduction to the RangeShifter software. To find out more about RangeShifter, click this link.

Programme Outline for Day 1 - Spatial Data in Scientific Research

  • Obtaining spatial data online
  • Open source vs. license only data
  • When is it worth creating your own data?
  • Discussion: our experiences / pros and cons - Interactive session: How GIS and spatial data are used in commercial scientific research*

Programme Outline for Day 2 - Using GIS software for analyses

  • FRAGSTATS for analysing landscape patterns
  • Conefor and ArcGIS connectivity modelling*
  • Practical: Modelling using RangeShifter*