[MARMAM] Bottlenose Dolphin Photo-identification Internships - Summer 2007

R.H. Defran rh.defran at gmail.com
Tue Jan 16 16:06:38 PST 2007

From: "Dr. R.H. Defran" rh.defran at gmail.com

The Marine Mammal and Protected Resources (MMPR) Program in
Charleston, South Carolina is recruiting to fill two Dolphin
Photo-identification Internship positions for the Summer of 2007. 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
Monday, May 7, 2007 to Friday, August 17, 2007. There is some
flexibility in these start and end times, however, especially for
applicants whose Spring semester would require a later start time.
Interns will participate in the field and laboratory activities of the
Charleston Dolphin Abundance and Distribution Project (CDAD). Three
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; and 3)
Speakman, T., E. Zolman, J. Adams, R.H. Defran, D. Laska, L. Schwacke,
J. Craigie, and P. Fair. 2006. Temporal and spatial aspects of
bottlenose dolphin occurrence in coastal and estuarine waters near
Charleston, South Carolina. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOS NCCOS 37.
You can download pdf versions of these documents at the web sites
listed at the bottom of this message.

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 the
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

During the internship 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 research literature in this field. Preference
will be given to the selection of interns 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 first correspond with Dr. Defran by email
before preparing and submitting application materials.

We anticipate filling this internship position by late March
2007.Interested applicants should correspond by email to:
Dr. R.H. Defran
Email: rh.defran at gmail.com
Defran Home Page: http://www.sci.sdsu.edu/CBL/Director.html

Zolman .pdf download:

CDAD SOP .pdf download:

Speakman et. al. pdf download:

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