[MARMAM] Field Intensive opportunities in Puerto Rico

Mithriel MacKay mithriel.mackay at gmail.com
Wed Sep 1 17:05:44 PDT 2010

We would like to announce a 10 day field intensive focused on cetacean
behavioral ecology in Puerto Rico. Join our research team studying Humpback
Whales *(Megaptera novaeangliae)* Wintering off Puerto Rico.

This field intensive training program is well suited for students
(undergraduate and graduate) of all skill levels interested in cetacean
behavioral ecology, and conservation. The field intensive culminates in a
certificate acknowledging training including:

        research experience in data collection and recording, photographic
techniques under a variety of conditions, photo identification of individual
humpbacks and dolphins, theodolite tracking and computer interface, passive
acoustic sampling, scanning for marine mammals from a land based field
station, estimating group size, distinguishing between calf, juveniles and
adults, assessing environmental factors including sea state, permit
requirements for marine mammal research involving endangered species, and
overview of ecology on this island bordered by the Caribbean Sea and the
Atlantic Ocean.

The price is $1500.00 per student and includes travel between field
stations, training program in scientific methods, scientific supervision,
room and board at the project base station, reference materials related to
the project, including field methods, and a certificate of completion. Fees
do not include travel to and from the base station in Puerto Rico and
compulsory insurance.

100% of fees support this research project and associated lectures.

To apply for this field intensive, send a request for an application and
information packet to mithriel.mackay at gmail.com. The application packet
includes a description of the project, dates for each field intensive 10 day
session,  the base station where students will sleep during this field
intensive, and an application check list. Space is limited to 2 interns for
each 10 day field intensive. Sessions begin January 2011 and continue
through the end of March 2011.

Mithriel M. MacKay
Ph.D. Student
Marine Mammal Research Program
Department of Marine Biology
Texas A&M University, Galveston
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