The first tests will describe the spatial structure of the sightings data.
And will tell us if there are positive- clumping associations, or negative associations between the cetacean sightings

Next we will look for relationships to environmental factors using Mantel’s tests
This is a useful tool for analysis of autocorrelated data
It will define the effects of space on animal distributions and spatial structures of environmental factors
And define whether an environmental factor has a significant relationship after accounting for the spatial autocorrelation
Finally, we will generate predictive habitat models using…