Graduate Course Available - Biotelemetry and Biologging

5 December 2012

Graduate Course Available
Biotelemetry and Biologging
University Studies on Svalbard
Svalbard, Norway

For further information, please go to:
Master's Level Course

PhD Level Course (additional project work required)

To apply, please go to:

For questions, please contact:
Kit Kovacs

University Studies on Svalbard (UNIS) will offer a graduate course on
biotelemetry and biologging in the spring term of 2013. The course will
run 29 April - 31 May 2013 in Svalbard, Norway, and is suitable for
either MSc students or PhD studies.

Students should be actively involved in graduate research work that uses
biologging devices or telemetric equipment of some kind in an ecological
context. Topics will 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--transmitters, applications, and limitations;
- Telemetry and biologging equipment--a manufacturer's perspective;
- User "issues"--a manufacturer's perspective and troubleshooting;
- 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--case
- Linking marine mammal telemetry and the environment--MAMVIS and
statistical tools;
- Remote methods in sea bird research--transponders, photographic
methods, light loggers, and GPS telemetry;
- Fish tracking;
- Physiological telemetry--applications and potential; and
- Looking into the future.

This course will have a strong marine mammal emphasis but will also deal
with avian examples and have a module in tracking fish. Short field
modules will highlight current research themes using telemetry in the
Svalbard science community. The course starts with a 2-day safety
course, with firearms training. This is a required element in all UNIS
study programs.

Students must be fit enough to ride a snowmobile (and have a valid
driver's license), as well as being field-hearty enough to enjoy boat
and other outdoor work in the High Arctic. The course will fill on a
first-come, first-served basis, providing applicants meet the

For further information, please go to:
Master's Level Course

PhD Level Course (additional project work required)

To apply, please go to:

For questions, please contact:
Kit Kovacs

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