The Centre for Marine Science supports and hosts a number of events throughout the year. Find out about upcoming events below.

Southeast Queensland Aquatic Telemetry Workshop

We are pleased to announce that the Southeast Queensland Aquatic Telemetry Workshop registrations are now open.  Join us to share your aquatic telemetry experiences and enhance your R-based telemetry analysis skills.

19-20 February, 2018
UQ Moreton Bay Research Station
Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island, QLD

This workshop will bring together researchers from universities, government and industry who are tracking animals in aquatic systems in South East Queensland. It builds on previous R-based workshops run by Dr Ross Dwyer at the Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences in 2014, and the 'Animals in motion' workshop series run at James Cook University (JCU) Cairns Campus in 2016 and JCU Townsville Campus in 2017. These previous workshops received very positive feedback and were successful in encouraging dialogue and collaboration between researchers and industry professionals working in the regions.

Participants of the 2-day workshop will gain greater insights into the range of aquatic environments where movement studies are being implemented in SEQ, the ecological questions being addressed and the management and conservation applications of study findings. Furthermore, the workshop will enable attendees to apply more powerful analytical techniques and produce publication quality images from their own animal tracking datasets. 

Workshop structure:

(1)    Monday 19th February – Presentations by SEQ telemetry users and industry partners followed by facilitated open discussion forum to progress aquatic telemetry in the region.

Objectives:  to provide a platform to share outputs from aquatic telemetry studies in SEQ with peers across organisations; to facilitate coordination and collaboration in the region; to consolidate the position of SEQ within a national context.

Draft Timetable

Workshop commences 8:30am

Morning session 1: Introduction and Presentations by telemetry users

Morning session 2: Presentations by telemetry users

Afternoon session 1: Presentations by telemetry users

Afternoon session 2: Discussion forum

Workshop closes 5:00pm

(2)    Tuesday 20th February – Practical telemetry data analysis using R packages, including those developed by Dr Ross Dwyer and Dr Vinay Udyawer.

Objective:  to provide training in how to use R-based analytical and visualisation tools to get the most out of your telemetry data.  These tools require some working knowledge of R. You will need to provide a laptop and have the latest R software installed.  All relevant packages will be advised prior to the workshop.

Draft Timetable

Workshop commences at 8:30 am

Morning session 1:  working with and manipulating large tracking datasets (R packages: dplyr, VTrack, sp),

Morning session 2: generating area and distance metrics (R packages: adehabitat, ks, VTrack).

Afternoon session 1:  Visualisation and statistical analysis of telemetry data (including figures, maps and animations)

Afternoon session 2: Working with your own data, continue working through previous session data sheets.

Workshop closes 5:00pm

Registration instructions:

  • Register online at:
  • You can register for both days or either day of the workshop
  • Full catering at MBRS for Monday and Tuesday is included with registration. This will include breakfast, morning tea (following morning session 1), lunch (following morning session 2), afternoon tea (following afternoon session 3).Dinner is also included for workshop attendees.
  • Accommodation at MBRS can be booked through the registration website.  This is bunk style accommodation and will be allocated to either 2 or 4 people per room.  If you have special requests to share with others please inquire via email to Chris Dudgeon.
  • You will need to make your own way to MBRS via water taxi or ferry from Cleveland.   
  • There is limited space for presentations on the Monday 19th February.  Please indicate if you are able to present on behalf of several research projects in your group.  Presentations will be 10-15 minutes depending on numbers.
  • The Oceania Chondrichthyan Society conference will be following this workshop from the Wednesday 21st – Friday 23rd February 2018.  Please note this is a separate registration that will be circulated shortly.  If you miss that notice, check the OCS website at

If you have any other questions email Chris Dudgeon on

Our thanks to workshop sponsors VEMCO and the University of Queensland Centre for Marine Science.