Statistical models for animal telemetry data with applications to harbor seals in the Gulf of Alaska
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Much is known about the general biology and natural history of harbor seals (Phoca vitulina), but questions remain about the aquatic and terrestrial space use of these marine mammals. This is in large part because methods for examining the spatial ecology of harbor seals are poorly developed. The objective of this dissertation is to pair existing telemetry data with contemporary spatio-temporal modeling to quantify the space use and resource selection of harbor seals in the coastal waters of southern Alaska. Recent extensions to models for analyzing animal telemetry data address complications ...