[Marmam] Humpback Whale Internship in Hawaii (fwd)

MARMAM Editors marmamed at uvic.ca
Thu Aug 25 16:55:03 PDT 2005

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: Field research with humpback whales in Maui, 
Hawaii. Interns will assist in the 30-year-long continuing research 
project by The Dolphin Institute (formerly Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal 
Laboratory) on the winter assembly of North Pacific humpback whales 
in Hawaii.  Dr. Adam Pack and Dr. Louis Herman are the principal 
co-investigators and Dr. Pack additionally acts as the field 
director.  Historically, our research has investigated a variety of 
topics including migratory destinations, inter-island movements, 
habitat preferences associated with different classes of whales, 
residency characteristics, competitive behavior, male escorting 
strategies, song and social sounds, body size and social roles, 
individual life histories, and much more.  A list of our whale 
publications is attached.

During the winter/spring 2006 season we will focus on several issues: 
photo identification, underwater body size measurements of individual 
humpbacks, skin biopsy sampling in Maui waters through the SPLASH 
project, developing mitigation measures using shore-based surveys to 
help avoid ship/whale collisions, and possibly a second season of 
Crittercam deployment together with the National Geographic Society. 
The internship is full time and unpaid.  However, all research staff, 
including interns, are provided with room and board in Maui. Interns 
are responsible for their own transportation to Maui.  On-water 
research will be aboard our 6- and 7-meter outboard boats. 
Shore-based research will be from elevated platforms along the Maui 
coast using theodolites and laptop computers.  Interns will rotate 
between these two activities, as well as data processing at the field 

The internship runs from approximately December 27, 2005 to May 31, 2006.
There are openings for several interns. 

Requirements: Senior standing in college or college graduate or 
beyond; experience in research, especially field research; excellent 
letters of recommendation, ability to live and work closely and 
harmoniously as part of a team.  Desirable qualifications: marine 
mammal experience, humpback whale research experience, boat driving 
experience, experience with computer programs such as Photoshop, 
FileMaker Pro, CoolEdit, MATLAB, digital photography experience, 
theodolite experience, GIS experience.

Send cover letter indicating why you are seeking this internship and 
why you feel you are qualified, complete resume, college transcripts, 
and three letters of recommendation.

Send applications or inquiries by email to Dr. Adam Pack at 
pack at hawaii.edu or by regular mail to The Dolphin Institute, 420 Ward 
Ave., Suite 212, Honolulu HI 96814 (Attention: Internship). 
Positions are open until filled, but early application is encouraged. 
For more information on The Dolphin Institute's research and 
education programs see www.dolphin-institute.org.

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