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Movement of Pinnipeds


August 2014 - June 2017


Problem statement:

Data associated with marine mammal tracking are often collected but the measures associated with data and the underlying movement process make it challenging to understand space use, interaction among individuals, and learn about movement patterns.

So What? Why this research matters:

The ability to formally make inferences about marine mammal space use and movement can lead to improved understanding of these important aquatic species.


This project is in collaboration with scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Research That Informs Decisions:

Formal statistical models that account for the various sources of uncertainty in marine mammal telemetry data will lead to a better understanding of mechanisms that aid in the management of these aquatic wildlife populations.

Research Products and Activities

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Brost, B.M., M.B. Hooten, and R.J. Small. (In Review). Quantifying patterns in harbor seal haul-out use from biotelemetry data. Journal of Applied Ecology.
  • Hanks, E.M., D.S. Johnson, and M.B. Hooten. (In Press). Reflected stochastic differential equation models for constrained animal movement. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics.
  • Scharf, H., M.B. Hooten, and D.S. Johnson. (In Press). Imputation approaches for animal movement modeling. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 102

Masters Students: 241

Phd Students: 163

Post Docs: 58

University Staff: 241

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 703

Scientific Publications: 1898

Presentations: 4321



Funding Agencies

  • NOAA Natl Marine Laboratory


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