[MARMAM] Dolphin Research Internship, Charleston, SC

Todd Speakman Todd.Speakman at noaa.gov
Mon Sep 21 07:04:33 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 winter of 2010. 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 January 11, 2010 to 

April 16, 2010. There is some flexibility in these start and 

end dates. 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 18:879-892. 

2) The Charleston Dolphin Abundance and Distribution (CDAD) Project: 

Standard Operating Protocols (SOP) for Field and Photographic Analysis Procedures.

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 be 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 the end of November, 2009.

Interested applicants should correspond by email to Todd Speakman 


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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