[MARMAM] Online Course Now Open for Registration - An Introduction To Using GIS/QGIS In Biological Research, 8th - 11th August 2022

cdmacleod at gisinecology.com cdmacleod at gisinecology.com
Mon Jul 4 01:56:47 PDT 2022

_GIS In Ecology_ will be holding a new online training course on using 
GIS in biological research between the 8th and the 11th of Auigust 2022. 
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 UK Time (primarily for those living in Europe, 
Asia and Africa) or 19:00 to 22:00 UK 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 24 people per session. The 
fees for this course are GBP 295 per person (with a discounted rate of 
GBP 245 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 2022_.

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.


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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