MOCHA was originally a 3.5-year (2012-2015) research project to develop and implement innovative methods for the analysis of cetacean behavioural response studies (BRSs). The main bulk of our work is over now – we have collaborated to co-author over 18 peer-reviewed papers, six meeting reports (see Project outputs page) and numerous internal working documents detailing new methods and applications (available on the internal project web site). We extended the project by one year, until September 2016, to finish a few analyses and complete writing up our findings.
The project PIs, Catriona Harris and Len Thomas are based at the Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) at the University of St Andrews, U.K. During the main part of the project, we coordinated a large working group of leading BRS scientists, supported by two full-time postdoctoral research fellows (Stacy DeRuiter and Dina Sadykova) undertaking the statistical development and consultancy work. The project is funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research.