[MARMAM] Dolphin Research Internship, Charleston, SC

Richard Defran rh.defran at gmail.com
Wed Jun 13 08:41:43 PDT 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 Fall 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 Tuesday, September 4, 2007 to Friday, December 14, 2007.
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 internship.

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

Interested applicants should first correspond with Dr. Defran by email
before preparing and submitting application materials. We anticipate filling
this internship position by the middle of July 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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