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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 Revision). Model-based clustering reveals patterns in central place use of a marine top predator. Ecosphere.
  • Brost, B.M., M.B. Hooten, and R.J. Small. (2017). Leveraging constraints and biotelemetry data to pinpoint repetitively used spatial features. Ecology, 98: 12-20.
  • Scharf, H.R., M.B. Hooten, and D.S. Johnson. (2017). Imputation approaches for animal movement modeling. Journal of Agricultural, Biological, and Environmental Statistics, 22: 335-352.
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Current Staff

Federal Staff: 95

Masters Students: 239

Phd Students: 144

Post Docs: 55

University Staff: 239

5 Year Summary

Students graduated: 670

Scientific Publications: 1897

Presentations: 4193



Funding Agencies

  • NOAA Natl Marine Laboratory


Cooperative Research Units Program Headquarters Cooperators

  1. U.S. Geological Survey