Where the whale-things are?

David L Miller (@millerdl)

University of Melbourne

15 April 2016


Slides available at http://converged.yt

Who is this guy?

  • Currently:
    • NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center (sic), Woods Hole, MA
    • (“Honourary” (ha!) position at St Andrews)
  • Previously:
    • Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling, St Andrews
    • University of Rhode Island
    • PhD Bath, UK; spatial modelling w/ Simon Wood
  • Why am I here?
    • Collab w/ Mark Bravington CSIRO, Nat Kelly Antarctic Division
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