[MARMAM] New Online Training Courses: An Introduction To Integrating QGIS/GIS And R For Spatial Analysis - 6th to 8th May 2020

cdmacleod at gisinecology.com cdmacleod at gisinecology.com
Tue Jul 14 01:49:49 PDT 2020

_GIS In Ecology_ will be holding a new online training course on using
GIS in biological research between the 17th and 20th of August 2020. GIS
has become a critical skill for many marine mammalogists regardless of
whether they are working on academic research, conservation, management
or environmental impact assessment, and this course provides the perfect
introduction for those who wish to learn how to use GIS for any of these
purposes. While aimed at biologists in general, it in includes a number
of practical exercises that use marine mammal data (including
calculating abundance per unit survey effort based on data on dolphins
from Scotland, and calculating grids of species richness using data on
beaked whales from the North Atlantic). In addition, the course will
primarily be taught using QGIS, a free, open-source GIS software
package, meaning that the skills learned on this course can be used by
anyone working with marine mammals, regardless of their budgets and

The course will be held using the Zoom video-conferencing platform, and
will consist of four three-hour sessions. One session will need to be
completed each day. However, you will have a choice of completing it
between 10:00 and 13:00 British Summer (primarily for those living in
Europe, Asia and Africa) or 18:00 to 21:00 British Summer Time
(primarily for those living in North and South America). This choice of
time slots for each session allows participants from as wide a range of
time zones to participate in the course. 

Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 20 people. The fees for this
course are GBP 250 per person (with a discounted rate of GBP 195 for
students, the unwaged and those working for registered charities). To
book a place on it, or for more information, visit  the course's
dedicated webpage at
 Alternatively, you can email info at GISinEcology.com with the subject
line Introductory Online GIS Course August 2020. 

This course will be taught by Dr Colin D. MacLeod, the author of _ GIS
For Biologists: A Practical Introduction For Undergraduates_ [1]
(Pictish Beast Publications), and will provide an introduction to using
GIS in a wide variety of biological research situations ranging from the
basics of making maps through to studying the spread of diseases and
creating maps of species biodiversity. It will consist of a series of
background sessions on using GIS mixed in with practical sessions where
you will work directly with GIS software to complete various tasks which
biological researchers commonly need to be able to do. 

Each three-hour session will consist of a background talk covering a
specific topic, followed by practical exercises based on instructions
from one of our workbooks. While you are encouraged to remain online
during the practical sessions, you can choose to go off-line as you work
though the exercises (or if you need to take a break). However, if you
have any questions, the course instructor will be available for you to
ask any questions you wish at any point. 

This course will primarily be based around QGIS (also known as Quantum
GIS), which provides a user-friendly, open-source, free alternative to
commercial GIS software packages, and it is becoming increasingly widely
used in both academic and commercial organisations As a result, it is
aimed at both those with no GIS experience, but wish to learn how to to
do GIS with QGIS, and also those who are familiar with using commercial
GIS software, such as ArcGIS, but who wish to learn how to use QGIS as
an alternative. However, this course is taught using
software-independent approach, and it is also open to those who wish to
learn how to use ArcGIS to do biological GIS. 

When you attend this course you will receive a free copy of _GIS For
Biologists: A Practical Introduction for Undergraduates [1] _as the
practical exercises in that course are based on the ones contained in
that book. 

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 have your own laptop computer with an
appropriate GIS software package installed on it. Our recommended GIS
software for this course is the freely available QGIS software. For
those wishing to use QGIS, you will need to download and install QGIS
2.8.3 (for those using Windows computers) or 2.8.4 (for those using
Macs) rather than the latest version. The best way to download the
correct version of QGIS for this course is to use the links on our GIS
For Biologists webpage, which can be found here [2]. If you would prefer
to use ESRI's ArcGIS software instead of GIS, this can be accommodated,
but please let us know at the time of booking that this is the option
you would like to use. 

This course will be followed by a second, more advanced online course
that will be held between the 24th and the 27th of August titled 'An
Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) In The Marine
Environment'. More information on this course can be found at

GIS IN ECOLOGY - Providing Training, Advice And Consultancy On The Use
Of GIS In Ecology

Web: www.GISinEcology.com [3] Email: info at GISinEcology.com

Need to ask a question about using GIS? Try the GIS In Ecology Forum:
www.GISinEcology.com/GIS_in_Ecology_forum.htm [4]

Books From GIS In Ecology Staff:

GIS For Biologists: A Practical Introduction For Undergraduates; RRP:
An Introduction To Integrating QGIS And R For Spatial Analysis; RRP:
An Introduction To Species Distribution Modelling (SDM) Using QGIS And
R; RRP: £19:99 

If you wish to purchase these books, visit:

To help the environment, please do not print out this email unless it is

[2] http://gisinecology.com/gis-for-biologists/
[3] http://www.GISinEcology.com
[4] http://www.GISinEcology.com/GIS_in_Ecology_forum.htm
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