[MARMAM] Sarasota Dolphin Research Program Internships

Jason Allen allenjb at mote.org
Thu Nov 1 06:15:43 PDT 2007

Wild Bottlenose Dolphin Research Internships

The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP), based at Mote Marine 
Laboratory in Sarasota, Florida, is the 
world's longest-running wild 
dolphin research program.
 The program's goal is to contribute to a 
better understanding of the structure and dynamics of populations of 
small cetaceans, as well as the natural and anthropogenic factors that 
impact them. The SDRP uses an interdisciplinary and collaborative 
approach in conducting studies of bottlenose dolphins within Sarasota 
Bay, Tampa Bay, Charlotte Harbor, and the Gulf of Mexico coastal waters. 
For more information about the SDRP, please visit: www.sarasotadolphin.org.

The SDRP is in the process of selecting volunteer interns for the spring 
2008 internship program. Several internship positions are available 
within four different research projects from January 7th through March 
31st. There is no compensation for these internship positions and 
successful applicants will be responsible for their own living and 
transportation expenses during the time of the internship. Housing 
opportunities may be available (cost: $75/week). Scholarships are 
available through a competitive application process. The four projects 

Population Monitoring Project 
This study will continue to monitor the resident dolphin population in 
Sarasota Bay. This will involve surveying, photographing, identifying, 
and recording data in the field as well as photo-id, catalog 
maintenance, and data entry and double-checking in the lab.

Juvenile Dolphin Behavior Project 
This study will conduct focal animal behavioral follows of juvenile 
dolphins in Sarasota Bay to assess their association, behavioral, 
distribution and habitat use patterns and to identify factors that 
influence their survivorship.

Dolphin Prey and Habitat Use Project 
This study will use the Sarasota dolphin community and random sampling 
of fish population through purse seining techniques to study 
predator-prey interactions and bioacoustics, specifically helping us to 
understand relationships between distributions of dolphins and their 
prey, and factors that affect fish community ecology, such as red tide.

Sea Bird Ecology Project (no current link)
This study will look at the abundance, distribution and habitat use of 
sea birds in Sarasota Bay and the effects of red tide on those sea bird 

Applicants would ideally have the following qualifications:
*Minimum of 18 years of age and engaged in undergraduate studies;
*A background or degree in Biology, Marine Biology, Zoology or a related 
*Basic computer proficiency in Microsoft Office programs;
*Some field research experience preferred but not required;
*Enthusiasm and willingness to learn field and lab based research methods;
*A willingness to spend a minimum of 2 - 3 months working full time with 
our program.

You may apply through Mote Marine Laboratory's web site (www.mote.org) 
by following the education links to the college intern page. 
Applications received by November 16th will be given first priority. 
Applicants may contact Dana OMara (danaomara at mote.org) in Mote's intern 
office (941-388-4441 ext. 462) with questions regarding the application 
process and Jason Allen (allenjb at mote.org) in the SDRP with any 
questions regarding specific projects.

Jason Allen
Lab Manager
Sarasota Dolphin Research Program

Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236

Tel: 941.388.4441 ext. 452
Fax: 941.388.4223

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