Study hall

Every week, the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN) hosts a free virtual study hall to help connect students and early career researchers to data managers, programmers and senior researchers from around the world. OTN’s study halls have been wildly popular, bringing together a global community to answer various questions in the fields of aquatic telemetry, spatial ecology, statistics and programming.  

These informal weekly sessions promote a culture of open science by providing a platform for transparent discussions and problem-solving. Study hall attendees support one another by drawing on a wide range of collective expertise about topics such as the analysis of high volumes of animal tracking and environmental data, coding, project planning, field methods and reporting.  

From problem-solving to the formation of new collaborations, OTN’s study halls are a valuable resource for anyone interested in the field of aquatic telemetry.

Who can attend?

Past attendees have included undergraduate and graduate students, PhD candidates, postdoctoral fellows, early career researchers and technicians. Anyone is welcome!

When is study hall?

OTN’s study halls are typically offered on Thursdays from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. AST (GMT-4). Any changes to this will be announced on OTN’s social media platforms. Follow us on Twitter/X or Instagram to stay up to date.

How do I join?

You can drop by at any point during a session by accessing the Zoom meeting link

Do I need to submit a question in advance?

No! Study hall is geared towards spontaneous questions as well as prepared ones. If you’d like to submit a study hall question in advance of a session, please send it to 

Are there any guest speakers planned for this year?

For information on upcoming guest speakers, please follow OTN on Twitter/X @oceantracking 

Past guest speakers have included Josh London (NOOA Alaska Fisheries Science Center), author of the R package, pathroutr, which simplifies the calculation of animal movement paths around land masses, and James Grecian (Durham University, UK), who spoke about using INLA for marine animal movement models.

This group, and this resource, are the best of what academia can be. The communal return on investment for the time spent on these sessions is immeasurable.

Simon Dedman

Florida International University

OTN’s study hall was fundamental to my success in graduate school and landing a job afterwards … You couldn’t find nicer or more knowledgeable people to spend two hours per week with!

Jessica Reid

Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) Canada

OTN’s study hall was instrumental in helping me write my thesis. The no-judgment atmosphere makes it very easy to ask questions, and with the broad collective knowledge brought to the table by diverse attendees, you’re sure to find a solution for the most basic of questions to the most complex of analyses.

Hunter Stevens

Dalhousie University

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