[MARMAM] GIS field course in Scotland Oct 14 to 24 - places now available

Dr Kevin Robinson kev.robinson at crru.org.uk
Fri Aug 17 05:54:03 PDT 2012


Teaming up with GIS In Ecology, the Cetacean Research & Rescue Unit (CRRU)
is offering a unique 10 day residential cetacean field course at their field
base in Gardenstown in northeast Scotland from 14th to 24th October.

 

The course will incorporate a custom-designed 3 day GIS module (including
course manuals and materials) from GIS In Ecology (see www.GISinEcology.com
for more information), taught by Dr. Colin MacLeod, a renowned expert in
using GIS in ecological research and author of 'An Introduction To Using GIS
In Marine Biology'.  It will consist of a series of background and practical
sessions covering the use of GIS in cetacean and marine research. Practical
elements will include learning how to collect field data at sea and how to
import this data into a Geographic Information System to investigate the
spatial and temporal distribution of identified species and analyse the home
ranges of known individual animals. A combination of ESRI's ArcGIS 10.1
software and an open-source (and licence free) alternative will be used in
this regard, and a uniquely numbered and verifiable certificate of
completion for this GIS module of the course will be provided.

 

Additional aspects of this course will include basic instruction in power
boat handling, safety at sea and competent crew ability; cetacean
identification, taxonomy and nomenclature; photo-identification procedures
and mark capture-recapture analyses for bottlenose dolphins and minke
whales; an introduction to relational databases and computer-assisted
matching software; assessment, first aid administration and methods used in
the care, transport and rescue of stranded cetaceans; and practical methods
for the re-floatation of live stranded whales and dolphins

 

In short, you will have the opportunity to learn about these mammals and
their dynamic marine environment first hand; working closely alongside a
dedicated and knowledgeable research team. As you participate in ongoing
field studies, you will learn and apply the principles of field research
design, data collection and analyses, undertake training in marine mammal
rescue techniques, and gain a personal understanding of the conservation
issues which drive current research, rescue and conservation activities by
cetacean biologists. 

 

The cost for this internship course is £1095 [ <http://www.xe.com> for a
currency converter, click here], which includes full board (i.e. all
accommodation and food costs), your full equipment needs (immersion suits,
wet boots etc for boat trips), associated course materials and hand-outs,
and all associated field costs during your stay with the CRRU team. You will
simply need to arrange your own travel itinerary to Banff in northeast
Scotland (nearest airport Dyce, Aberdeen, approx. 1½ hours from the field
base by coach) plus any personal spending money.

 

For further details and conditions, please visit
<http://www.crru.org.uk/join_the_team.asp>
http://www.crru.org.uk/join_the_team.asp. Just 10 places available for this
exclusive GIS field team, so immediate booking advised.

Founded in 1997, the CRRU boasts over 70 scientific publications to date (
<http://www.crru.org.uk/publications.asp>
http://www.crru.org.uk/publications.asp). In cooperation with universities,
research institutions and other environmental organisations, current studies
focus on the key coastal cetacean species frequenting the outer Moray Firth
in NE Scotland – namely the bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and the
minke whale –providing robust scientific data for the adoption of management
measures and effective conservation strategies for their future protection.

Dr. Kevin Robinson 

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