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After introducing the problem and our team in the previous blog post, we now present in this second post of the ‘sftraj’ series a brief overview of the sftraj package as projected, and how we will work to implement it. Most importantly, we also ask your help, and explain how you (developers and users!) can contribute to the success of sftraj.


It is now official, our proposal to the R Consortium to code an R package dedicated to tracking data has been accepted! In this first blog post of the ‘sftraj’ series, we will introduce the problem and the need for such a package, before getting into the nuts and bolts of the proposal.


Increasingly scientists are sharing their code on public repositories like GitHub, SourceForge, and RForge. This sharing necessitates the need for scientists to write readable code with helpful documentation. rOpenSci is a collaborative created to foster better coding in R, including writing a style guide on coding in R and peer-reviewing packages. Scientists should consider adopting these style guides to facilitate better interactions with people using or modifying their code.


On March 30 we hosted our second BioBlitz at Quiet Waters Park. Over 40 people came to this event, and helped us tally over 170 species in the park. We had a lot of surprises including nesting owls, river otters, and tagged butterflies.


In this post you’ll find preliminary results from our movement ecology review.




Research project on raccoon home ranges and ecological flows

Wood Storks

Research project on Wood Stork movement ecology.

Movement Ecology

Movement Ecology research developed by the Mablab


Development of packages and resources for R.


Navigation of seabirds on the vast ocean, and the role of infrasound

Project BioBlitz

BioBlitzes: Citizen-science biodiversity surveys.


Romain Dejeante

Romain is a master student who studies the effect of urban area on spatial patterns of raccoons.

Jenicca Poongavanan

Jenicca started her Master’s research working with movement models, specifically on seabirds.

Matt Boone

Matt is the Biological Scientist and data manager for the lab, and leads all citizen-science activities.

Valeria Guerrero

Valeria was an intern in charge of updating the Raccoon Ecology Database in 2018.

Rocío Joo

Rocío is a postdoctoral research associate who started in 2018, as a movement statistician.

Caitlin Jarvis

Caitlin was a technician working on the Raccoon project in 2017–2018.

Mel Moreno

Mel was an Intern working on creating beautiful maps in 2017.

Alexis Bruant

Alexis did his Master thesis on Wood Storks reproductive success in 2017.

Balázs Dukai

Balázs worked as a Google Summer of Code student in 2016 and 2017.

Simona Picardi

Simona defended her PhD on wood stork movement ecology in 2019, focusing on migration strategies and their fitness consequences.

David Bucklin

David was the Biological Scientist in the lab from 2015 to 2017.

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(2019). Navigating through the R packages for movement. JAE.

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(2018). Movement responses of roe deer to hunting risk. J. Wildl. Manag..


Recent Talks

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Endangered Species of Florida in the Face of Climate Change
Nov 15, 2019 3:00 PM
Raccoons and their pathogens
Sep 17, 2019 6:00 PM
Navigating through the R packages for movement
Jul 10, 2019 2:00 PM
Endangered Species of Florida in the Face of Climate Change
Jun 26, 2019 1:00 PM
Reviewing a decate of movement ecology for conservation
Apr 23, 2019 3:00 PM
Using Citizen Scientist Data for Biodiversity
Feb 6, 2019 10:00 AM
Endangered Species of Florida in the Face of Climate Change
Jan 10, 2019 2:00 PM
Using iNaturalist for the Tree Tops Park BioBlitz
Oct 20, 2018 10:30 AM