[MARMAM] Dolphin Research Internship, Charleston, SC

Todd Speakman Todd.Speakman at noaa.gov
Tue Jun 2 08:51:55 PDT 2009

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 2009. 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 14 week period from September 14, 2009 to 
December 18, 2009. There is some flexibility in these start and 
end times. 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 
2) The Charleston Dolphin Abundance and Distribution (CDAD) Project: 
Standard Operating Protocols (SOP) for Field and Photographic Analysis 
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 below.
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 habits. 
Interested applicants should first correspond with Todd Speakman by 
email before preparing and submitting application materials. We 
anticipate filling this internship position by July 13 2009.

Interested applicants should correspond by email to Todd Speakman 
Email: Todd.Speakman at noaa.gov <mailto:Todd.Speakman at noaa.gov>

Zolman .pdf download:

CDAD SOP .pdf download: 

Speakman et. al. pdf download:

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