[MARMAM] Dolphin Research Internship, Charleston, SC
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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