Gorilla Food Plants Biomass and Ranging

The last two days, I have been working with Olivier Jean Leonce Manzi here at Karisoke Research Center on the question of the relationship between gorilla food plants biomass and the ranging patterns of gorillas outside Volcanoes National Park (VNP) in Rwanda. Even though Volcanoes National Park is set aside and gorillas thrive inside, they don’t strictly stay within the bounds of the park — … Continue reading Gorilla Food Plants Biomass and Ranging

Quantitative analysis of gorilla and monkey movement and R-Stat (part 3)

In my previous post, I did a bit of setup on the who and what for analyzing gorilla data. Now let’s move into R-Stat a little bit, specifically installation and configuration. For R, we’ll install whatever package is the correct one for your machine, and then also install R-Studio. This gives us a nice development […]

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Gorilla research in Musanze, Rwanda: Hillshades continued

I’ve been working on base cartography for the research area in Rwanda. Unlike here in Cleveland, we have some great topography to work with, so we can leverage that for basemaps. But, it’s such a beautiful landscape, I didn’t want to sell these hillshades short by doing a halfway job, so I’ve been diving deep. Background First, some legacy. I read three great blog posts … Continue reading Gorilla research in Musanze, Rwanda: Hillshades continued

Gorilla research in Musanze, Rwanda: Hillshades!

In previous posts here1, here2, and here3 discussed a then and future trip to Rwanda to help with GIS and gorilla research. No more in depth write up yet, but I’ve been working on some of the cartographic products to show in the background of maps. Since Rwanda is so beautifully hilly (read: mountainous) and the research is focused on the Virunga Mountains (volcanoes) themselves, … Continue reading Gorilla research in Musanze, Rwanda: Hillshades!

Gorilla research in Musanze, Rwanda

In previous posts here1 and here2, I discussed a (then future) trip to Rwanda to help with GIS and gorilla research. I cannot say enough good about the experience. The people of Rwanda are warm and welcoming, the research team at Karisoke (Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International) hard working, brilliant, and fun. For now we’ll do some pictures to give flavor. Then I’ll build out … Continue reading Gorilla research in Musanze, Rwanda

Quantitative analysis of gorilla movement and R-Stat (part 2)

In my previous post, I did a bit of setup on the who and what for analyzing gorilla data. Now let’s move into R-Stat a little bit, specifically installation and configuration. For R, we’ll install whatever package is the correct one for your machine, and then also install R-Studio. This gives us a nice development environment for R. We’re going to leverage a few packages … Continue reading Quantitative analysis of gorilla movement and R-Stat (part 2)

Quantitative analysis of gorilla movement and R-Stat

At this point in my career, it is a rare request that intimidates me. Most requests are either solved, largely solved (and I know how to find the answer), or broadly improbably / excessively expensive. This is a nice place to be. I have a bit of calmness with every request, a vision for how to execute, or the escape valve of saying, “That’s harder … Continue reading Quantitative analysis of gorilla movement and R-Stat