[MARMAM] volounteers needed urgent for Southern Great Barrier Reef inshore dolphin project

Daniele Cagnazzi dcagna10 at scu.edu.au
Thu Jul 26 03:41:32 PDT 2007


PROJECT TITLE: SOUTHERN GREAT BARRIER REEF INSHORE DOLPHIN PROJECT

RESEARCH CENTRE: Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre

The SCUWRC is a cetacean centre that was established in 2001 at Southern
Cross University in Lismore, NSW, Australia. The principle objective of the
centre is to undertake research on cetacean populations in the Southern
Hemisphere.

Daniele Cagnazzi PhD student at SCUWRS is looking for volunteers, to cover
the period from August 2007 to Septmber 2007 to assist the researcher during
the field work.

We conduct boat-based research with the primary objective to investigate
population parameters, size, social dynamics, habitat preference, movement,
range, seasonal occurrence and abundance and pattern of diurnal behaviour of
Snubfin dolphin and Indo-Pacific Humpback dolphin along the Fraser/Curtis
Coast. Furthermore, we collect occasional information on all the cetacean
species, mainly members of the Delphinidae family, sighted during the
surveys. We also work closely with local communities, environmental
agencies, and government organisations to educate the general public and to
promote a general awareness and understanding of the significance of
Cetaceans.

The primary aims of the project are: 1) To estimate the distribution and
abundance of the inshore dolphins ( primarly Snubfin and Indo-Pacific
Humpback dolphin) in the Southern Great Barrier Reef Region. 2) To
investigate the population structure of inshore dolphin species in Central
Queensland 3) To identify key habitats for dolphins feeding and resting and
socialising. 3) To collect data of any other species recorded in the study
area.

The field work will be conducted on a daily basis on the 6m research vessel,
Sousa, mainly in coastal waters and estuaries.

Volunteers will share a house close to the beach with the researcher and the
rest of the team but will have to partecipate to the accomodation and food
costs.

Accomodation including power, water, phone, internet line and the food used
on the boat are provided at 50$ per week.

Applicants please reply to my e-mail address, dcagna10 at scu.edu.au,
attaching a CV, including previous experiences and background studies.

For more information www.capricorncetaceans.com

Daniele Cagnazzi PhD student SCUWRC

Daniele Cagnazzi
PhD Candidate
Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre
Southern Cross University
P.O. Box 157, Lismore, N.S.W. Australia, 2480
Mobile 0439-782-243
Ph. +61 2 6620-3815
Fax. +61 2 6621-2669




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