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Past Principal Investigators
  • Myers, Ransom - in memoriam
  • Ian D. Jonsen
    Principal Investigator, FMAP
    Biology Department
    Dalhousie University
    Halifax, NS, Canada B3H 4R2
    Phone: 902-494-3910
    Email: jonsen-replace-mathstat.dal.ca
    Homepage: http://ram.biology.dal.ca/~jonsen
    Analysis of animal movement and distribution, Liaison to TOPP
    I am leading FMAP's work on the analysis and modeling of animal movement data. We focus on understanding the movement behaviors and distribution of marine predators through the application of state-space models and related analytical methods that reveal hidden patterns in noisy electronic tracking data. The rapid advancement of electronic tracking and remote sensing technologies has yielded an impressive array of studies that provide important insight into the movements, habitat use, and distribution of predators in the continental shelf and open ocean realms. Knowledge of relationships between predator movements and physical ocean processes is lacking but essential for understanding distribution, for informing management policy and conservation programs, and for predicting responses to climate change. Our main questions are:
    1. How do marine predators interact with a dynamic ocean environment?
    2. How do these interactions translate into patterns of distribution?
    3. How will marine predators respond to future ocean states?

    The Census of Marine Life is a growing global network of researchers in more than 45 nations engaged in a ten-year initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life in oceans--past, present, and future.
    Last Updated: 2022-06-19