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

R.H. Defran rdefran at sunstroke.sdsu.edu
Thu Jun 1 13:01:47 PDT 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 or two Dolphin Photo-identification
Internship positions for the Fall 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 September 5, 2006 to Friday, December 15, 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 (you can download pdf versions of these documents at the
web sites 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,
including temporal and spatial aspects of distribution, 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 early July 2006.
Interested applicants should correspond by email to: 
Dr. R.H. Defran 
Email: rdefran at sunstroke.sdsu.edu
Defran Home Page: http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/CBL/Director.html
Zolman PDF download:
CDAD SOP pdf download:
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