Welcome to the home page of the MOCHA project!
What is MOCHA?
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 15 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 have extended the project by one more 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.
What is on these pages?
These pages contain detailed information on the project goals and technical approach, meetings organised or directly related to MOCHA and project outputs to date. Please contact us if you have any questions, comments or suggestions.
These pages also serve as a repository for working documents and other information for the research team - a login is required to access this information.