[MARMAM] ANNOUNCEMENT FOR RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS ON MARINE MAMMAL CENSUS - Greece survey 2006 -

fsiniscalchi at oceanus.it fsiniscalchi at oceanus.it
Tue Jul 25 00:10:11 PDT 2006


 
ANNOUNCEMENT FOR RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS ON MARINE MAMMAL CENSUS

 

 

Volunteer assistants wanted for a marine mammal census starting from Athens, and will carry out in the Greek seas. The project will take place in October 2006, and is coordinated by the Cetacean Research Group of the University of Thessaly, the Zoology and Marine Biology Department of the University of Athens and OCEANUS onlus (no profit organization; www.oceanus.it) . The aim of the trip is to collect visual and acoustic data as well as skin samples for a population genetic structure research and toxicology analysis  

 

The trip consists of 3 legs: 

. Athens to  Chania (Crete), (3 October  - 13 October);
. Chania to  Patra (Gulf of Corinth), (13 October - 23 October);
. Patra to Athens, (23 October - 3 November).

 

Research assistants may participate to at least one leg.

 

The research will take place onboard a 14.5 m research sailing catamaran 

equipped with all necessary navigation safety and research instrument (GPSs, 

plotters, echo-sounders, underwater digital video and still cameras, 

binoculars etc) as well as a dual frequency hydrophone and DAT recorder.

 

The most important requirements for participants are enthusiasm, and the 

ability and willingness to work under often difficult, but rewarding field 

conditions. The duties of the participants require involvement to all the activities onboard including:

 

Navigation and sailing (taking shifts with the trained crew and acquiring experience).

Research (visual scan, use of the hydrophone, filling in forms, preliminary analysis of effort/distribution and Photo-id data, maintenance of equipment).

Support activities (maintenance and cleaning of the vessel, cooking etc).

 

Preference will be given to those who:

1. have previous marine mammal field experience particularly with visual 

and acoustic surveys 

2. have some sailing experience

 

On board accommodation will be provided. However research 

assistants will be expected to contribute to food provisioning and the running costs of the survey, and arrange their own travel itinerary / flights to the arrival/departure ports. The cost for participation to any one leg, 10 days, is 600 euros. 

 

APPLICATIONS 

Interested persons should email at the address below providing a 

brief resume with their background, personal details and interests. Please 

also remember to include your preferred dates for participation.

 

Contact 

Email:  info at oceanus.it ; greecesurvey at oceanus.it  
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