The Challenges of Analyzing Behavioral Response Study Data: An Overview of the MOCHA (Multi-study OCean Acoustics Human Effects Analysis) Project

  • Catriona M. Harris
  • Len Thomas
  • Dina Sadykova
  • Stacy L. DeRuiter
  • Peter L. Tyack
  • Brandon L. Southall
  • Andrew J. Read
  • Patrick J. O. Miller
Part of the Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology book series (AEMB, volume 875)

Abstract

This paper describes the MOCHA project which aims to develop novel approaches for the analysis of data collected during Behavioral Response Studies (BRSs). BRSs are experiments aimed at directly quantifying the effects of controlled dosages of natural or anthropogenic stimuli (typically sound) on marine mammal behavior. These experiments typically result in low sample size, relative to variability, and so we are looking at a number of studies in combination to maximize the gain from each one. We describe a suite of analytical tools applied to BRS data on beaked whales, including a simulation study aimed at informing future experimental design.

Keywords

Sonar Cetaceans Change-point Dose–response State-space modelling 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The MOCHA project is funded by the Office of Naval Research, Marine Mammals and Biology program (Division 322; Award No. N000141210204). However we rely on the participation of the working group members whose time and efforts are kindly supported by a wide range of institutes and funders.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catriona M. Harris
    • 1
  • Len Thomas
    • 1
  • Dina Sadykova
    • 1
  • Stacy L. DeRuiter
    • 1
  • Peter L. Tyack
    • 2
  • Brandon L. Southall
    • 3
  • Andrew J. Read
    • 4
  • Patrick J. O. Miller
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling, The Observatory, Buchanan GardensUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK
  2. 2.Sea Mammal Research Unit, Scottish Oceans InstituteUniversity of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK
  3. 3.Southall Environmental Associates, IncAptosUSA
  4. 4.Duke Marine LabBeaufortUSA

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