Where the whale-things are: Distribution, detectability and availability modelling for cetacean populations

David L Miller (@millerdl)

Iowa State University – 13 February 2017

Who is this guy?

  • Currently:
    • NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (sic), Woods Hole, MA
    • (“Honorary” (ha!) position at St Andrews)
  • Previously:
    • Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling, St Andrews
    • University of Rhode Island
    • PhD Uni. Bath, UK; GAMs etc w/ Simon Wood
not a real statistician,
not a real ecologist,
knows nothing about whales.

with that in mind...

(a talk)

Abundance and distribution: why?

  • Want to know where they are
    • whale watching/stock assessments
  • Want to know where they aren't
    • Navy/seismic/oil/shipping/fishing etc
  • Want to know what they like/dislike
    • ecology/biology

How? Big white boats