[MARMAM] Opportunities for graduate research on Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins and Indo-Pacific finless porpoises in East Asia
samuel at hkdcs.org
Thu Nov 10 05:14:28 PST 2011
Opportunities for graduate research on Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins and
Indo-Pacific finless porpoises in East Asia (human impacts and
In a collaborative program, researchers from Trent University (Canada),
the Hong Kong Cetacean Research Project/Hong Kong Dolphin Conservation
Society, Texas A&M University (USA) and FormosaCetus Research and
Conservation Group (Canada/Taiwan) are seeking students interested in
undertaking graduate (both M.Sc. and Ph.D. level) research on the impacts
of human activities on Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins (Sousa chinensis)
and Indo-Pacific finless porpoises (Neophocaena phocaenoides) in Chinese
waters. Researchers in this group have been conducting intensive
line-transect and photo-identification research on these (and other)
species in the region for almost two decades and have amassed a
considerable long-term database. Various types of projects (including
acoustics, boat surveys and land-based surveys (using theodolite
tracking)) and levels of funding are available depending on the type and
scope of the projects.
Successful candidates will be those with great initiative, high
motivation, positive attitude and good capability in designing studies.
They will also have to be capable of working well autonomously as well as
in a team and be comfortable conducting research in the region.
Candidates with field research experience abroad (especially with
acoustics, boats and theodolites) are preferred. A strong analytical
ability is an asset especially at the Ph.D. level.
Students interested in the above opportunities should contact both Drs.
Samuel Hung (samuel at hkdcs.org) and John Wang (pcrassidens at rogers.com) and
please provide your CV with contact information for three references. We
will be attending the 19th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine
Mammals (Tampa, Florida) and conducting interviews with serious candidates
during the conference week. If you will not be attending the conference,
other arrangements for interviews can be made.
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