[MARMAM] Humpback whale field intensive "shorty"; week long field program and scholarship information

MCERC Marine-Wildlife mcerc.mail at gmail.com
Sun Dec 4 05:35:14 PST 2011

*Humpback Whale Field Intensive Program at MCERC in Puerto Rico: *

The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center is inviting interested
students to participate in the second season for 7 day field
intensive focused on cetacean behavioral ecology in Puerto Rico. Join our
research team studying humpback whales (*Megaptera novaeangliae*) wintering
off Puerto Rico. *Space is limited to 2 students per 7 day session* for
boat and land based research platforms during the field season from January
2012-May 2012. We are offering this "shorty" format (by request!) to fill
the need for less expensive programs fitting into work and class schedules.

 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 program culminates in a
certificate acknowledging training including:
     Research experience in vessel and land based data collection and
recording of humpback whale behaviors
     Photographic techniques in the filed
     Photo identification of individual humpbacks and dolphins
     Theodolite tracking and computer interface
     Passive acoustic sampling and analysis
     Assessing environmental factors
     Permit requirements for marine mammal research involving endangered
     An overview of ecology on this island bordered by the Caribbean Sea
and the Atlantic Ocean.

Fees support this research project and associated lectures. Participants
are directly involved in data collection and analysis for PhD dissertation
related research for humpback whale occupancy, habitat use, and movement
off Puerto Rico as well as an examination of reaction to human activity
near shore (including boats, divers, surfers, and aircraft) under the
direction of Mithriel MacKay, PhD Candidate, Texas A&M University at
Galveston.  $800.00 per student includes travel between field stations,
training program in scientific methods, 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 Ponce, Puerto Rico and compulsory insurance. Students landing in
Ponce, Puerto Rico will be picked up at the airport and brought to the base
station in Guayanilla.

*There is a limited number of scholarships available for partial cost of
this program*. Students from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean will be given
first priority, followed by under served areas with minimal opportunity for
participation in marine mammal field programs. MCERC has provided
documentation of study for students working with their advisers at
universities resulting in college credit. Please send us an e-mail in
advance of your application if you are considering this option.

To apply for this field intensive, please visit the website below and
download the forms indicated. Please be sure to read the description of the
project and the base station.

Website: www.Marine-Eco.org <http://www.marine-eco.org/>
              Click on the “courses” tab
              Information and applications can be found on page 15 of the
course catalog

            Please be sure to indicate first, second, and third choice for
dates from the following 2012 schedule:
Session 1 Jan 15-21
Session 2 Jan 22-Jan 28
Session 3 Jan 29- Feb 04
Session 4 Feb 19-25
Session 5 Feb 26-March3
Session 6 March 4- 10
Session 7 March 11-March 17
Session 8 March 18-24

There is no deadline for applications; however, spaces typically fill very
quickly. Spots are secured with full, non-refundable payment  received with
the completed application. Please email for details and mailing information.

See you in sunny Puerto Rico!

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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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