[MARMAM] An ocean field research expedition and field oriented courses

Marisa Ferreira mctferreira at gmail.com
Mon Jun 27 09:04:54 PDT 2011

*Dear list members *


*We would like to announce:*


*An ocean field research expedition and field oriented courses*

Together with the European funded LIFE project MarPro campaign, the Santa
Maria Manuela Expedition is a unique field oriented research course on marine
biology that provides a hands-on approach to marine zoology and ecology,
namely regarding cetaceans and marine birds

Offshore Portuguese waters (between the mainland and the Azores) provide an
important habitat for European cetaceans and seabirds. The expedition will
involve research staff from Aveiro University, Minho University, Portuguese
Society for the Study of Birds (SPEA), Institute of Nature Conservation and
Biodiversity (ICNB) and National Institute of Fisheries and Marine Research

Santa Maria Manuela (SMM) is a polyvalent sailing vessel with perfect
conditions to carry out research and monitoring activities, while supporting
education and training on marine research techniques for undergraduate and
recently graduated students. During 14 days the expedition will cover a
survey area of ± 400,000 km2.

Participants and students will have theoretical lectures of 1 to 2 hours,
that will complement the training that will be given in the practical
environment. Participants will be required to act as observers and to
collect data during visual surveys for cetaceans and seabirds, to conduct
acoustic monitoring and sampling of phytoplankton, zooplankton and fish.**

The practical course will take place between the 7th and the 21st of August
2011. You can find more information  at:


Marisa Ferreira
Sociedade Portuguesa de Vida Selvagem
Unidade de Mamíferos Marinhos
Estação de Campo de Quiaios
Apartado 16 EC Quiaios
3081-101 Figueira da Foz
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