[MARMAM] Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-identification Internships - Summer 2006

R.H. Defran rdefran at sunstroke.sdsu.edu
Fri Feb 17 10:06:33 PST 2006

From: "Dr. R.H. Defran" <rdefran at sunstroke.sdsu.edu>
The Marine Mammal and Protected Resources (MMPR) Program in Charleston,
South Carolina is recruiting to fill one, and possibly two Dolphin
Photo-identification Internship positions for the Summer of 2006. The MMPR
is organized within NOAA's National Ocean Service and is located at the
Coastal Environmental Health and Biomolecular Research (CCEHBR) laboratory
in Charleston, SC.  The intern position involves a commitment of 20 hours
per week extending over a 15 week period from Tuesday, May 8, 2006 to
Friday, August 18, 2006. The intern will participate in the field and
laboratory activities of the Charleston Dolphin Abundance and Distribution
Project (CDAD). Two useful sources of information about the CDAD project
are: 1) Zolman, E. 2002. Residence patterns of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops
truncatus) in the Stono River estuary, Charleston County, South Carolina.
Marine Mammal Science 18:879-892; and 2) The Charleston Dolphin Abundance
and Distribution (CDAD) Project: Standard Operating Protocols (SOP) for
Field and Photographic Analysis Procedures (download this pdf file at web
site listed below). 
The CDAD project carries out boat-based photo-identification surveys in the
coastal and inland waterways of the Charleston SC area. This research is
designed to provide an understanding of the population characteristics of
Charleston dolphins as part of a comprehensive health assessment of
Charleston area Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The internship offers an
excellent opportunity for qualified and motivated individuals to obtain
field and laboratory training in photo-identification methodology and
analysis under the mentorship of experienced dolphin researchers. 
There is no compensation for this internship position and the successful
applicant will be responsible for their living and transportation expenses
during the time of the internship. The interns must have a personal vehicle
to allow them to travel to and from the laboratory and to some of the local
field sites in the Charleston area.
Ideal internship applicants will be advanced undergraduates or a recent
graduate of a scientifically oriented university program in the behavioral
or biological sciences. A typical applicant should have a strong interest in
the scientific study of cetacean behavioral ecology, have potential
interests in future graduate study in marine mammal science, and is an
individual who seeks extensive and intensive exposure to the field work,
data analysis techniques, and the research literature in this field.
Preference will be given to the selection of an intern with well developed
computer skills and boat-based field experience. The internship application
will consist of a letter of interest, transcripts of university coursework
and two letters of recommendation from professors or research supervisors
who are familiar with your scholarship, research skills and work habits.
Interested applicants should correspond with Dr. Defran by email before
preparing and submitting application materials. We anticipate filling this
internship position by April 3, 2006.
Interested applicants should correspond by email to: 
Dr. R.H. Defran 
Email: rdefran at sunstroke.sdsu.edu
Defran Home Page:
CDAD SOP pdf download:
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