Cost path along a sequence of animal locations

Discussion created by lynnland on May 30, 2012
Latest reply on Jun 4, 2012 by lynnland
Hopefully someone hasn't already posted this question, as I assume it is a common enough problem to tackle, but I can't seem to find anything.

I need to create a path joining a sequency of telemetry locations, with the path between the locations based on a cost grid. Basically looking for the most likely route between locations. I have several individuals and would like to test a variety of cost surfaces, such that running this one point at a time is not feasible. I realize that I could run it in R using the gdistance package but the learning curve to get from here to there would be pretty steep. I cannot seem to find any existing extensions that will do this (although I will take a look at UIdaho's funconn tomorrow morning).

Any suggestions?