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

TitleThe Challenges of Analyzing Behavioral Response Study Data: An Overview of the MOCHA (Multi-study OCean Acoustics Human Effects Analysis) Project
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsHarris, Catriona M., Thomas Len, Sadykova Dina, DeRuiter Stacy L., Tyack Peter L., Southall Brandon L., Read Andrew J., and Miller Patrick J. O.
EditorPopper, Arthur N., and Hawkins Anthony
Book TitleThe Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II
Pagination399-407
PublisherSpringer New York
CityNew York, NY
ISBN Number978-1-4939-2981-8
EndNote Rec Number11273
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.