Estimating the distribution and relative density of satellite-tagged loggerhead sea turtles using geostatistical mixed effects models

  title={Estimating the distribution and relative density of satellite-tagged loggerhead sea turtles using geostatistical mixed effects models},
  author={Megan V. Winton and Gavin Fay and Heather L. Haas and Michael D Arendt and Susan G. Barco and Michael C. James and Christopher R. Sasso and Ronald Joel Smolowitz},
  journal={Marine Ecology Progress Series},
Movement and location data collected via satellite-linked telemetry tags are often used to inform spatial conservation measures for threatened marine populations. [...] Key Method We use simulation testing to compare the performance of the proposed models with several conventional space use estimators. Our results suggest that geostatistical mixed effects models outperform conventional estimators when the number of tag transmissions changes over time, a common source of bias in satellite telemetry studies that…Expand

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