[MARMAM] Sarasota Dolphin Research Program Internships
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
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.
Sarasota Dolphin Research Program
Mote Marine Laboratory
1600 Ken Thompson Parkway
Sarasota, FL 34236
Tel: 941.388.4441 ext. 452
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