A Career in Movement Ecology

Learn how to move forward your data analysis skills and your career with data analysis & modelling workshops, skills training events, mock interviews and more.

In an increasingly competitive research and job environment it is not always easy for early career ecologists to find the best way to move their academic (or non-academic!) career forward and grab the opportunities that may arise, nor understand how best to deal with the challenges faced when starting their first permanent job. We propose here a rather unique 3-day training event, combining state-of-the-art data analysis and modelling skills development, with key career workshops and networking opportunities.


The course will be based on 3 data/modelling modules and 3 career development modules:


  • Movement Path and Space Use analysis: hierarchical linear and non-linear models (Luca Börger)
  • Hidden Markov models as versatile tools for analysing animal movement and other time series data (Roland Langrock)
  • Modelling Spatial Eco-Evolutionary Dynamics and Species Responses to Environmental Change – including an introduction to the RangeShifter modelling platform (Justin Travis)

Career Development

  • How to get published (and how to peer review/become an Editor)
  • Grant writing
  • How to land your job (interview skills)

This will be complemented by informal evening presentations by senior ecologists about their career path in ecology and tips to current ECRs – including increasingly common and important topics like ‘how to manage job pressure and work/life balance’.

The workshop is specifically targeting graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and new Faculty members, within three years of hiring.


Registration of £350 for BES members (£450 for non-BES members) includes 3 days accommodation, in single rooms, at the Lane End Conference Center, just outside High Wycombe, as well as meals and mid-workshop snacks (tea, coffee, etc.) for the duration of the workshop. Travel is not included.

Registration is now closed. 

For questions and more information, please contact Luca Borger.