[MARMAM] Humpback Whale Field Program: scholarships now available

MCERC Marine-Wildlife mcerc.mail at gmail.com
Sun Dec 4 05:10:49 PST 2011

Humpback Whale Field Acoustic and Behavioral Data Collection Program in
Puerto Rico
Featuring guest lectures by Dr. Bernd Würsig, Texas A&M University
February 5-11, 2012 and February 12-18, 2012

The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center is pleased to announce two,
week long sessions focusing on field methods for acoustic and behavioral
data collection of humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) off Puerto

The program structure will consist of data collection from land (theodolite
and digital photography), boats (passive acoustic monitoring, photography,
behavioral observations), and data analysis (fluke and fin matching,
spectrogram analysis) during the day. Late afternoons and evening will be
structured as a roundtable discussion aimed at integrating, interpretation
and useful application of data.

MCERC’s Education Director, Mithriel MacKay, will be joined by Dr. Bernd
Würsig who will be leading several field excursions and lectures, and Dr.
Jose Rivera who will join us in a roundtable discussion to add insight into
active acoustic monitoring.

The cost of the program covers room and meals, transportation to the field
sites, all overhead associated with the program, and instruction. The fee
for this program is $2800.00USD/person. Airfare to Ponce, Puerto Rico is
not included. *Scholarships are now available for partial cost of the
program.* Space is limited to a total of 6 participants in each week-long
program.  A limited number of scholarships per week are available.
Scholarships will be awarded based on need and geographical areas
considered under served for opportunities to study marine mammal behaviors
(not on academic record). Students from Puerto Rico are encouraged to
apply. Please send a letter of interest to MCERC.mail at gmail.com for

For more information on this program, MCERC, an application packet, or
questions, please email mcerc.mail at gmail.com.

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Mithriel MacKay
Director of Research and Education
Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center
HC02 Box 6382
Guanilla, Puerto Rico 00656
PO Box 63435
Pipe Creek, Texas 78063
MCERC.mail at gmail.com

PhD Candidate
Texas A&M University at Galveston
Marine Mammal Research Program
200 Seawolf Parkway
OCSB 243
Galveston, Texas 77554
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