[MARMAM] Humpback Whale Research, Hervey Bay, Australia - Internship Opportunity
wally at oceania.org.au
Tue Feb 17 21:30:48 PST 2009
Humpback Whale Research, Hervey Bay, Australia - Internship Opportunity
The Oceania Project, during August-October 2009, is conducting vessel
based fieldwork for a long-term study of the behaviour and social
organisation of humpback whales in Hervey Bay.
The Expedition vessel 'Moon Dancer' is a 12m-power catamaran.
[ http://www.oceania.org.au/expedition/research.html ] (Right
Click to open links)
The Oceania Project is affiliated with Southern Cross University
incorporating the Southern Cross University Whale Research Centre
(SCUWRC) and the Centre for Animal Conservation Genetics (SCU CACG)
and is an affiliate of the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium
[ http://www.oceania.org.au/footer_stuff/about_us.html ]
The focus of the research being undertaken is a long term study of the
social behaviour, population dynamics and ecological significance of
Hervey Bay for the Area V (E1) humpback whale group. In addition we
are investigating genetic relatedness amongst humpbacks in Hervey Bay,
the implications for social organisation and reproductive success and
the extent to which social behaviour is determined by kinship.
There is an opportunity for up to five Interns to participate in the
research expedition each week during August-October 2009. Interns live
aboard the expedition vessel for a week or more subject to time and
budget constraints. The cost per week is $1950 Australian which
includes accommodation aboard the expedition vessel and food. Interns
are responsible for all costs associated with travel to and from
Fieldwork involved is 'sloughed skin' and faecal sample collection,
assistance with photo identification/behavioural observation field
notes, GPS/GIS spatial data collection, environmental data, water
quality sampling and general data entry. Interns also assist with
vessel operations including food preparation & galley duties. Sea time
can be validated towards a marine qualification.
[ http://www.oceania.org.au/expedition/life.html ]
A pdf with detailed information about the Internship Program is
available for download.
No prior experience is necessary and training will be provided. The
Internship is open to students and staff of recognised institutions.
Preference will be given to individuals involved in marine mammal
science courses or related institutions and/or with prior volunteer
marine mammal field experience. Places will be allocated in the order
registrations are received.
General information about The Oceania Project and the Research
Expedition is online at:
[ http://www.oceania.org.au ]
Experiences with the humpbacks in Hervey Bay aboard the Whale Research
be viewed at: [ iWhales.org ] (Put mouse over screen and click play
If you are interested in participating in the Whale Research
Expedition as an Intern you can register online.
If you have questions or queries please email Trish & Wally Franklin
and include a brief CV [ mailto:trish.wally at oceania.org.au ].
Trish Franklin & Wally Franklin
Directors & Principal Investigators, The Oceania Project
PhD Candidates, Southern Cross University
Trish & Wally Franklin
The Oceania Project
PO Box 646 Byron Bay NSW 2481 Australia
ABN 73 052 470 630 ACN 052 470 630
Phone: + 61 02 6685 8128
Fax: + 61 02 9225 9176
Mobile: 0418 797326
Email: trish.wally at oceania.org.au
PhD Candidates Southern Cross University
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