Author Archives: ross dwyer

About ross dwyer

I am a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland. My research focuses on both fundamental and applied aspects of ecology, including habitat use, foraging behaviour and human-wildlife conflict. My research investigates the drivers of animal movements, space use and community structure. This has included conducting population surveys (by land, boat and aircraft) or using biotelemetry (i.e. VHF radio, GPS and ARGOS satellite telemetry, light-based geolocators (GLS) and underwater acoustic transmitters) to gather data on species abundance, distribution and habitat use. These data are used in combination with environmental data to test hypotheses and make predictions in order to inform species management. I have worked closely with local government, NGOs and industry partners to ensure these survey data are used to achieve positive conservation outcomes and/or improve species management. I possess strong GIS skills and have 8 years of experience of coding in the R programming language. I have developed two open-source spatial analysis packages in R, and am one of the original developers of OzTrack.org, a web-based platform for the analysis and visualisation of animal tracking data.

New paper on OzTrack published in Animal Biotelemetry

Want to read more about the OzTrack/ZoaTrack project? Check out our recent publication in Animal Biotelemetry, where we describe the underlying ‘nuts and bolts’ of the system, and discuss applications of the software to species management and conservation. This paper is … Continue reading

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OzTrack.org to feature at AWMS and ECOTAS13!

The OzTrack team are pleased to announce that OzTrack.org will feature at the upcoming Australasian Wildlife Management Society (AWMS) and ECOTAS13 conferences later this month, across the Tasman Sea in New Zealand. Conferences attendees include researchers, academics, students, consultants,  land managers, government workers … Continue reading

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OzTrack featured in AWMS newsletter

An article describing the OzTrack project has been published in the recent newsletter of the Australasian Wildlife Management Society (AWMS). The article ‘OzTrack: new online software for the analysis of animal tracking data’ describes the functionality of the site and provides example tracks and … Continue reading

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Marine layers and new tools added to the OzTrack project

After discussion with Australian and New Zealand researchers tracking animals in the marine environment, we are pleased to announce the addition of the CSIRO Atlas of Regional Seas (CARS 2009) climatological dataset to OzTrack.org. Now OzTrack users can overlay their tracking … Continue reading

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14 new environmental layers now available within OzTrack!

The OzTrack team are proud to announce that 14 new environmental layers have been incorporated into the OzTrack website. These layers may be queried from within OzTrack to provide spatial and temporal information on habitat preference and reserve design. Along with Bathymetry and … Continue reading

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