[MARMAM] Marine Research Volunteer Opportunities

Hanna Nuuttila hannanuuttila at gmail.com
Mon Dec 11 02:39:07 PST 2006


Sea Watch Foundation – Marine Research Volunteer Opportunities

in New Quay for 2007

Volunteers are invited to assist with the running of the bottlenose dolphin
and harbour porpoise monitoring project, based in New Quay, West Wales.

The Volunteers will help the Cardigan Bay Monitoring Officer and the
Sighting Officer with land- and boat-based marine mammal surveys and
photo-identification studies, database entry, awareness raising and
education initiatives, acoustic monitoring programme, and will assist with
and participating in training courses and public talks.

Volunteers are required from April until October 2007, for 4 separate
periods of 6-7 weeks each. Preference will be given to those who can stay
for more than one period, including the whole 6-months field season.
Volunteers will be based in New Quay, West Wales. Accommodation is provided
at a rate of £45/week. Volunteers are responsible for their own travel,
accommodation and living expenses, but it is generally quite easy to obtain
part-time paid work in the area if required.


Period 1* 30/04 – 10/06, *Period 2* 11/06 – 22/07, *Period 3* 23/07 – 02/09,
*Period 4* 03/09 – 14/10


Important skills/qualifications:

A background in marine biology/environmental science etc is desirable

A strong interest and knowledge of British cetaceans would be an advantage

Prior experience in boat based survey work would be useful

An ability to get on well with others in a small team

Good verbal and written communication skills, public speaking and IT skills

Experience in interacting with the public

An ability to work in a conscientious and reliable manner

Willingness to work long hours outdoors in often very changeable Welsh

All volunteers will be trained in cetacean observation and identification,
in line-transect survey protocols and photo-identification of bottlenose
dolphins and seals.

For more information on our research and the volunteer programme, please
visit our website


To Apply:

Please reply to Giovanna Pesante with your CV and a covering letter
detailing any relevant experience you have and *specifying the period(s) you
would prefer to volunteer for. *Unfortunately we cannot guarantee that you
will get your selected time period, but the earlier you apply the better
chances you will have! The volunteer selection will take place in February


Important: please put NEW QUAY VOLUNTEER APPLICATION into your subject

Deadline:  Friday 2nd of February 2007

Email: *giovanna.pesante at seawatchfoundation.org.uk*<giovanna.pesante at seawatchfoundation.org.uk>

Snail mail: Giovanna Pesante, Cardigan Bay Monitoring Officer, Sea Watch
Foundation Wales, Paragon House, Wellington Place, New Quay, Ceredigion,
SA45 9NR. Tel:01545 561227

The Sea Watch Foundation


The Sea Watch Foundation is a registered marine environmental research
charity that aims to achieve better conservation of whales and dolphins in
the seas around Britain and Ireland, by involving the public in scientific
monitoring of populations and the threats they face. At Sea Watch Wales, we
are dedicated to raising awareness, knowledge and conservation of the marine
wildlife of West Wales. Our work is funded by the Countryside Council for
Wales, with support from Defra and the Heritage Lottery Fund, and we work
closely with the local management authority, Ceredigion County Council.



The purpose of our research is to monitor the marine mammal populations
inhabiting Cardigan Bay, so as to gain information to aid the conservation
and long-term well being of these animals and the local marine environment.
This is achieved by conducting various projects including:

 Estimating the abundance and distribution of bottlenose dolphins, harbour
porpoises and grey seals within the Cardigan Bay SAC using distance sampling
and opportunistic boat surveys

Maintaining and updating a catalogue of photographically identified
bottlenose dolphins in West Wales in order to study their abundance, social
structure, movements and life histories.

Acoustic monitoring of bottlenose dolphins and harbour porpoises in the
Cardigan Bay SAC using automated click detectors (TPODs)

Setting up a library of underwater sounds in Welsh waters in order to
develop bio-acoustic research in the area.

We further aim to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of the
local marine wildlife and the habitats supporting them, to encourage respect
and conservation of the area and its wildlife for future generations. We
also run training courses for the public in cetacean identification and
survey methods.

Some recent conference presentations and publications from Sea Watch staff,
students and volunteers:

Anderwald, P., Evans, P.G.H., and Hoelzel, A.R. *(2006) Inter-annual
differences in minke whale foraging behaviour around the Small Isles, West
Scotland. Page 147. In: *Abstracts, 20th Annual Conference of the European
Cetacean Society, Gdynia, Poland, 2-7 April 2006.

Ansmann, I., Goold, J.C., Evans, P.G.H., Simmonds, M., and Keith, S.G. *(2006)
Variation in the whistle characteristics of short-beaked common
dolphins, *Delphinus
delphis*, at two locations around the British Isles. *J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K
*., 86, 5496, 1-8.

Baines, M.E., Reichelt, M., Anderwald, P., and Evans, P.G.H*. (2006)
Monitoring a changing world – searching the past for long-term trends in the
occurrence of cetaceans around the UK. Page 220. In: *Abstracts, 20th Annual
Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Gdynia, Poland, 2-7 April 2006.

Evans, P.G.H. *(2006) Marine mammals in the European coastal zone: past,
present and future. Page i. In: *Abstracts, 20th Annual Conference of the
European Cetacean Society Gdynia, Poland, 2-7 April 2006.

Felce, T.H., Stone, E.B., Whiteford, J., James, E., Castrillon, J., and
Evans, P.G.H. *(2006) To what extent can distance sampling be combined with
photo-identification as a monitoring tool for *Tursiops truncatus *Page 224.
In: *Abstracts, 20th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society,
Gdynia, Poland, 2-7 April 2006

Liret, C., Baines, M.E., Evans, P.G.H., Hammond, P.S., and Wilson, B. *(2006)
*Tursiops. Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins: Conservation and Management
Brest, France. 62pp.

Nuuttila, H., James, E., Anderwald, P., Baines, M., and Evans, P.G.H*.
(2006) Changes in the summer distribution of cetaceans in the UK from data
collected during simultaneous national whale and dolphin watches 2002-05.
Pages 211-212. In: *Abstracts, 20th Annual Conference of the European
Cetacean Society, Gdynia, Poland, 2-7 April 2006

Reyes-Zamudio, M.M., Simon, M., Evans, P.G.H., and Goold, J. *(2006) T-POD
detection an d acoustic behaviour of bottlenose dolphins in Cardigan Bay
SAC: A comparison between T-POD recordings and visual observations. Pages
29-30. In: *Abstracts, 20th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean
Society, Gdynia, Poland, 2-7 April 2006

Simon, M., Reyes, M., Baines, M., Nuuttila, H., and Evans, P.G.H. *(2006)
Temporal and spatial habitat partitioning between harbour porpoises and
bottlenose dolphins. Page 20. In: *Abstracts, 20th Annual Conference of the
European Cetacean Society, Gdynia, Poland, 2-7April 2006

Lamb, J. and Ugarte, F.* (2005) Relationships between presence of bottlenose
dolphins, environmental variables and boat traffic; visual and acoustic
surveys in new Quay Bay, Wales. Poster for ECS Conference, La Rochelle,
France, April 2005.


Lott, R., Evans, P.G.H., Perez, S., Stone, E., Hartley, S. and Ugarte,
F*(2005) Social structure and long term Residency of Bottlenose
Dolphins in
Cardigan Bay. Presentation for ECS Conference, La Rochelle, France, April


Perez, S., Lott, R., Stone, E., Luque, P. Hartley, S., Evans, P.G.H.,
Baines, M., Reichelt, M., Baxter, J. and Ugarte, F.* (2005) Long-term site
fidelity of bottlenose dolphins in Cardigan Bay, Wales. Poster for ECS
Conference, La Rochelle, France, April 2005.


Ugarte, F., Felce, T., Perez, S., Stone, E., Hartley, S. and Evans,
P.G.H.*(2005) Abundance of marine mammals in the Cardigan Bay SAC
estimated with
distance sampling and photo identification surveys from a small boat.
Presentation for ECS Conference, La Rochelle, France, April 2005.

Recent MSc theses published or in preparation in conjunction with Sea Watch

Sharon Bond, University of Wales, Bangor*: The use of T-PODs to identify
echolocation behaviour in bottlenose dolphins (*Tursiops truncatus*) in New
Quay Bay, Wales. (2006)

Natalie Bush, University of Wales, Bangor*: Spatial use by common dolphins
in relation to habitat features in the Celtic Sea. (2006)

Edita Magileviciute, University of Wales, Bangor: *Bottlenose dolphins'
social networks in Cardigan Bay, Wales.* *(2006)

Eleanor Stone, University of Wales, Bangor*: A fine –scale study
investigating the temporal and spatial use of New Quay bay, Wales, by
bottlenose dolphins. (2006)

Lucy Alford, University of Wales, Bangor*: Bottlenose dolphin and harbour
porpoise presence and foraging patterns in relation to tidal cycle, height
of tide, lunar activity and strength of current. (2006)

Ina Ansmann, University of Wales, Bangor*: Acoustic behaviour and whistle
characteristics of common dolphins, (*Delphinus delphis)*, in the Celtic
Sea. (2005)

Evonne Amblin, University of Plymouth: *Environmental factors affecting the
distribution of short-beaked common dolphins (*Delphinus delphis)* of the
Celtic Deep. (2005)

Juliana Castrillon, University of Javeriana, Colombia: *Estimating the
population size and long-term residence of bottlenose dolphins (*Tursiops
truncatus*) in Cardigan Bay SAC. (2006)

Ronan Hickey, University of Wales, Bangor: *Comparative study of bottlenose
dolphin whistles in the southern Cardigan Bay SAC and in the Shannon
Estuary. (2005)

Kate Lewis, University of Wales, Bangor: *Habitat use, behaviour and site
fidelity of grey seals along the Ceredigion Heritage Coast. (2005)

Neal Reay, University of Wales, Bangor: *Estimating the g(0) in linear
surveys of harbour porpoise, bottlenose dolphins and grey seals. (2005)

Mercedes Reyes-Zamudio, University of Wales, Bangor: *Acoustic behaviour of
bottlenose dolphins (*Tursiops truncatus*): a comparison between T-POD and
visual surveys. (2005)

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