[MARMAM] Humpback Whale Research - Summer Internship Opportunity, Australia, August 2006.

Wally Franklin wally at oceania.org.au
Fri Apr 14 17:08:27 PDT 2006

The Oceania Project is conducting vessel-based fieldwork for a long- 
term study of the ecology & behaviour humpback whales in Hervey Bay,  
Queensland, Australia. The Expedition vessel 'Moon Dancer' is a 12m- 
power catamaran. [ http://www.oceania.org.au/expedition/where.html]

The Oceania Project is affiliated with Southern Cross University  
incorporating the Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre  
(SCUWRC) and the Centre for Animal Conservation Genetics (SCU CACG)  
and is an affiliate of the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium  
(SPWRC).  [ http://www.scu.edu.au/research/whales/aboutus.html]

The focus of the research is the social and ecological significance  
of Hervey Bay for the Area V (E) humpback stock. We are also  
investigating genetic relatedness amongst humpbacks in Hervey Bay and  
the implications for social organisation, reproductive success and  
the extent to which social behaviour is determined by kinship.  
[ http://www.oceania.org.au/expedition/research.html]

There is an opportunity for a limited number of Interns to  
participate the research expedition during August-October 2005.  
Interns live aboard the expedition vessel for a week or more subject  
to time and budget constraints. The cost per week is $1150 Australian  
(Approx. $838 US per week) which includes accommodation aboard the  
expedition vessel and food.  Interns are responsible for all costs  
associated with travel to and from Hervey Bay.
[ http://www.oceania.org.au/expedition/join.html ]

Fieldwork involved is 'sloughed skin' and fecal sample collection,  
assistance with photo identification/behavioural observation field  
notes, GPS/GIS spatial data collection, environmental data, water  
quality sampling and general data entry. Interns also assist with  
vessel operations including food preparation & galley duties. Sea  
time can be validated towards a marine qualification.
[ http://www.oceania.org.au/expedition/life.html  ]

No prior experience is necessary and training will be provided. The  
Internship is open to students and staff of recognised institutions.  
Preference will be given to individuals involved in marine mammal  
science courses or related institutions and/or with prior volunteer  
marine mammal field experience. Places will be allocated in the order  
they are received.
[ http://www.oceania.org.au/expedition/regform.html ]

General information about The Oceania Project and the Research  
Expedition is online at: [ http://www.oceania.org.au]

If you are interested in participating in the Whale Research  
Expedition as an Intern email Trish & Wally Franklin and include a  
brief CV.
  [ mailto:trish.wally at oceania.org.au ]

Trish Franklin & Wally Franklin
Directors & Principal Investigators, The Oceania Project
PhD Candidates, Southern Cross University

National Whale and Dolphin Research Conference
21–22 February 2006 Adelaide, South Australia.

Trish Franklin & Wally Franklin - Hervey Bay Research Update:
Downloadable Presentation (pdf - 3,152 KB)

Trish & Wally Franklin

The Oceania Project
PO Box 646 Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia
ABN 73 052 470 630   ACN 052 470 630

Phone: + 61 02 6685 8128
Fax:      + 61 02 9225 9176
Mobile: 0418 797326

Email: trish.wally at oceania.org.au
Web: http://www.oceania.org.au

PhD Candidates Southern Cross University

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