[MARMAM] Dusky dolphin internship positions

Vaughn, Robin Lea vaughnrl at neo.tamu.edu
Thu Sep 24 19:48:27 PDT 2009

Dusky dolphin internship positions

I am seeking 2 volunteer interns to assist with analyses of dusky dolphin foraging behaviors/vocalizations.  These positions will be through the Marine Mammal Research Program, Texas A&M University at Galveston, in Bernd Würsig’s lab.  Positions are unpaid, and we are unable to provide housing.  However, each intern will be included as a co-author on the resulting publication/s.  Intern positions will be 30-40 hours per week. 

Intern (1) will assist with quantification of underwater foraging behaviors.  Our objectives here are to a) describe prey herding and capturing behaviors, and b) examine relationships between these behaviors, dolphin party size, and prey ball size.  This intern will quantify behaviors (e.g., numbers/types of prey capture attempts, duration of within 2-m passes by the prey ball) using Quicktime, and summarize temporal parameters using Microsoft Excel.  Duration of this position is Jan. 5-May 7, with the potential option of continuing through summer.

Intern (2) will assist with analysis of dolphin vocalizations during foraging.  Our objectives with these analyses are to a) describe vocalizations, and b) examine vocalization functions (e.g., echolocation/communication) during foraging.  This intern will identify vocalizations using Adobe Audition, quantify parameters for each vocalization using a custom Matlab script, and objectively categorize vocalizations.  Duration of this position is Jan. 19-May 21, with the potential option of continuing through summer.

To apply, please email a letter of interest, CV, transcript/s and 2 letters of recommendation by Nov. 27 to:

Robin Vaughn
Ph.D. Candidate
Marine Mammal Research Program
Texas A&M University
Galveston, TX 77551
vaughnrl at tamu.edu

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