Our University of St. Andrews colleagues at SMRU and CREEM are making use of some fancy stats to determine better estimates of Southern Resident killer whale (SRKW) habitat use in the Pacific Northwest. Assessing and mapping the habitat use of this population is tricky business as a result of the complex topography of the area, which includes many small islands. Information on habitat use and behaviour are vital for the management of this endangered species and for informing critical habitat policies and recovery plans.
Their paper describes in better detail the habitat use of this endangered species and highlights the southern side of San Juan Island as an important area for feeding. The full paper can be found here – prepare yourself to delve into the many benefits of generalized estimating equations!
Keen for more up-to-date information on the Southern Resident killer whale population?
Make sure to keep an eye on our ongoing killer whale research projects.