School Seminars and Colloquia

State Space Models for Leatherback Turtle Migration

BELZ Lecture Series

by Professor Chris Field


Institution: Dalhousie University, Canada
Date: Thu 15th February 2007
Time: 3:00 PM
Location: Old Geology Theatre 2, The University of Melbourne

Abstract: Leatherback turtles are the largest living marine reptile. There are extensive conservation programmes to help protect this species whose numbers have declined quite dramatically over the last 25 years. We have data from satellite tracking devices on a number of these animals as they migrate from the coastal waters off Nova Scotia to the Caribbean. Will illustrate how we use state space models to assess the
turtle's ability to follow the great circle route (GC) as it
migrates. State space models allow us to incorporate the dependence among successive observations, the possible sources of error and
different behaviors.

For More Information: Dr Owen Jones: odj@mailhost.ms.unimelb.edu.au