Statistical Tools for Fitting Models of the Population Consequences of Acoustic Disturbance to Data from Marine Mammal Populations (PCAD Tools II)
Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling, University of St Andrews St Andrews United Kingdom
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Our top goal is to build a coherent statistical framework for modeling the effects of disturbance, particularly acoustic disturbance, on different species of marine mammals. We wish to quantify each of the transfer functions outlined in New et al. 2014 in order to link the disturbance to a change in health or behaviour and in turn to a change in vital rates. In addition, we aim to build statistical tools that can be applied to real-world management situations in addition to the case studies we have considered here.