[MARMAM] Volunteers needed for fieldwork

Anna Kopps useless.loop.dolphins at gmail.com
Wed Jan 7 02:48:39 PST 2009

Hi all,

I am looking for two volunteers to help me with field work for my PhD 
project. The assistants are needed 1 May to 31 July.

We investigate genetic, social, and ecological factors influencing 
behavioural variation in bottlenose dolphins. The focus lies on the 
“sponging behaviour” – a foraging technique where dolphins use marine 
sponges as tools. To do so we conduct boat surveys where we record 
behaviour, take photos for photo ID, and collect biopsy samples for 
genetic analysis.

The field site is located in Useless Loop, Shark Bay, Western Australia. 
Useless Loop is a remotely located closed mining community with 
restricted access. Due to its remoteness it will not be possible to 
leave the site during the field season.

If you are interested we expect you to have good English communication 
skills, to be willing to get up early, to work long hours indoors (data 
processing) and outdoors (boat surveys), and to be able to get on well 
with others in a small team.

A background in biology, a strong interest of cetaceans, and prior 
experience in boat based surveys and Photo ID are essential.

We offer training in survey work and Photo ID and provide food and 
accommodation. Unfortunately, we are not able to pay for travel (to 
Denham, Shark Bay) and other expenses.

To apply, please send your CV, a covering letter, contact details of two 
references to useless.loop.dolphins at gmail.com .

*Deadline: 15 February 2009.*


Anna Kopps				
School of BEES			
Sydney NSW 2052							
Fax	+61 2 9385 1558 	
Phone 	+61 2 9385 2198					

Anthropologisches Institut und Museum
Universität Zürich
Winterthurerstrasse 190
8057 Zürich
Fax 	+41 44 635 68 04
Phone 	+41 44 635 54 18

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