[MARMAM] More research assistants are needed on a behavioral study of dolphins in the Istanbul Striat

aylin akkaya akkayaaylin at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 6 22:25:03 PDT 2012


Dear Marmam readers,
 
I am seeking
more research assistants to help a PhD thesis on a behavioural study of
dolphins in the Istanbul Strait. This is a project under the Istanbul
University-Turkey under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bayram Öztürk and Dr.
Ayaka Amaha Öztürk. The project aims to determine the critical habitats and
investigate the interactions
between cetaceans and marine traffic.
 
In the Istanbul Strait, there
are three different species of dolphins which are common dolphin, bottlenose
dolphin and harbour porpoise. The strait is one of the narrowest straits in the
world and has a vital importance on the international marine transportation
(around 50.000 transit ships uses this passage annually). During the project,
theodolite will be used for the purpose of determining the travel speed and
diving interval as well as the distance between the dolphins and vessels. Moreover
we will collect various behavioural data. Computer based photo-id studies will
also be carried out.
 
The research assistants will
have the opportunity to take part in data collection during the land and boat
based fieldwork in the Istanbul Strait. Research
assistants should be prepared to long working days in the field under the hot
and cold weathers. Now, the highest season for the dolphins are coming so we
need more research assistants in the field.  The field work will take 3-4
days in a week and office work will take a day or two. So you will have heaps
of time for seeing around in Turkey as well.
 
Successful applicants
will be responsible for their own transportation to and from Istanbul-Turkey. I know most
of the students are short of money but applicants should contribute 400$ to the
project. Commitment is required for a period of 2 months.
 
Successful applicants
will:
- be able to live and
work with others in a team
- be available for at
least 2 months
-and most important
should have a strong desire to work with marine mammals under the difficult
conditions.
 
This project provides an excellent opportunity for students and individuals
interested in getting more experience in the field of marine mammal research.
 
Applicants should send a
short email introducing themselves to akkayaaylin at yahoo.com.  The email should include an outline of
why you would like to work on this project. Please also attach a brief
CV. 
 
There is no
deadline to apply. However, approved applications are accepted on a first-come,
first serve basis. Start and end dates are flexible.
 
All the best,
Aylin AKKAYA
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