[MARMAM] Master thesis project in EBD-CSIC

Joan Giménez Verdugo joan.gimenez at csic.es
Thu Dec 20 07:06:28 PST 2012


Dear all,


 During 2013, EBD-CSIC (Estación Biológica de Doñana-Consejo Superior de
Investigaciones Científicas) and CIRCE (Conservation, Information and
Research on Cetaceans) will offer 3 Master projects based on trophic
ecology study of cetaceans of the Gulf of Cádiz and photo-identification
techniques and mark-recapture models to study bottlenose dolphins of the
Strait of Gibraltar and Gulf of Cádiz. If you are not doing a master, case
by case will be examined.


All of these projects will take place between February and June 2013 in
EBD-CSIC in Seville (Spain).


The titles of the projects are:

1.      - Diet of small cetaceans of Andalucía

2.      - Abundance of bottlenose dolphins of the Gulf of Cádiz

3.      - Abundance, survival rate and population growth rate of bottlenose
dolphins of the Strait of Gibraltar

In order to apply for these projects, you should send an email to
joan.gimenez(at)csic.es, with your CV and a cover letter showing only
relevant experience related to the project you are interested in. You can
apply for these projects until the 20th of January 2013. Chosen candidates
will be advised on the 27th of January.


 Thank you for reading carefully the description of each project before
contacting us.



*- Master thesis project 1: Diet of small cetaceans in Andalucía*

* *

*Host:*

EBD-CSIC (Estación biológica de Doñana – Consejo superior de
investigaciones científicas), www.ebd.csic.es

* *

*Background:*

Although studies on different ecological aspects of cetacean species have
taken place in Andalucía (southern Spain), the knowledge on their trophic
behaviour is limited. The relevance of this information, unquestionable
from an ecological point of view, will have important implications for
their successful management and conservation, due to the potential high
interaction of these species with human activities, such as fisheries. This
project is included in the project “EcoCet: Trophic ecology of cetacean in
Andalucia”, which is coordinated by EBD-CSIC, with the collaboration of
CIRCE, and is part of the Phd of Joan Giménez in the EBD-CSIC.



*Aim of the thesis:*

The study will look at diet of small cetaceans, mainly common and striped
dolphins in Andalucía, through the study of stomach contents.**

* *

*Content of the thesis:*

-         - Cleaning and sorting all the stomach contents of small
cetaceans of our stranding collection (10% of the time).

-         - Identification of all the otoliths present in the stomachs
through identification guides (80% of the time).

-         - Statistical analysis of the data obtained through the study
(10% of the time).

-         - Sample collection if some strandings occur during the study
period.

-         - Training on other techniques to study cetaceans at sea (One
week).

* *

*Conditions to apply:*

The student will have to be present from February until July 2013 at the
research center in Seville (Spain). Previous experience in the topic is
recommended. Housing and living expenses will not be provided.

* *

*CAUTION!*

*Otolith identification of thousands of stomach remains with identification
guides is a very demanding and sometimes monotonous or frustrating work,
therefore the student should be prepared to long working days sitting in
front of the computer and looking under the microscope. So the student
should be highly patient, strongly motivated and not afraid by frustration.*

* *

*Supervision:*

Renaud de Stephanis and Joan Giménez (EBD-CSIC)

*Contact :*

Joan Giménez, Email: joan.gimenez(at)csic.es



* *

*- Master thesis project 2: Abundance of bottlenose dolphins of the Gulf of
Cádiz*

* *

*Host:*

EBD-CSIC (Estación biológica de Doñana – Consejo superior de
investigaciones científicas), www.ebd.csic.es

* *

*Background:*

EBD-CSIC and CIRCE has studied bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf of Cádiz
since 2001. Photo-Identification studies allow us to estimate its
population size through natural marks on each individual. This project is
included in the project “Abundance and distribution of top predators of the
Gulf of Cádiz”, which is coordinated by EBD-CSIC, with the collaboration of
CIRCE, and is part of the PhD of Joan Giménez in the EBD-CSIC.




*Aim of the thesis:*

The study will look at the abundance of bottlenose dolphins through
different mark-recapture models.**

* *

*Content of the thesis:*

-        - Update the photo-identification analysis by manually matching
new pictures with the existing catalogue (85% of the time).

-        - Training on Photo-Identification technique at sea (One week).

-        - Build mark-recapture models using the software MARK (15% of the
time).

* *

*Conditions to apply:*

The student will have to be present from February until July 2013 at the
research center in Seville (Spain). Previous experience in the topic is
preferred. Housing and living expenses will not be provided.

* *

*CAUTION!*

*Manually matching thousands of pictures with the catalogue is a very
demanding and sometimes monotonous or frustrating work, therefore the
student should be prepared to long working days sitting in front of the
computer and should be highly patient, strongly motivated and not afraid by
frustration.*

* *

*Supervision:*

Philippe Verborgh (CIRCE)

Renaud de Stephanis and Joan Giménez (EBD-CSIC)



*Contact:*

Joan Giménez , Email: joan.gimenez(at)csic.es





*- Master thesis project 3: Abundance, survival rate and population growth
rate of bottlenose dolphins of the Strait of Gibraltar*

* *

*Host:*

EBD-CSIC (Estación biológica de Doñana – Consejo superior de
investigaciones científicas), www.ebd.csic.es

* *

*Background:*

CIRCE has studied bottlenose dolphins in the Strait of Gibraltar since
1999. The fact that this population is resident all year round makes it a
perfect candidate for long term monitoring. Photo-Identification studies
allow us to estimate the population size, survival rate and population
growth rate of naturally marked individuals. This project is included in
the project “CETIDMED”, which will be coordinated by CIRCE, with the
collaboration of the Fundación Biodiversidad, Alnilam, ANSE and EBD-CSIC.



*Aim of the thesis:*

The study will look at the abundance, survival rate and population growth
rate of bottlenose dolphins through different mark-recapture models.**

* *

*Content of the thesis:*

-        - Update the photo-identification analysis by manually matching
new pictures with the existing catalogue (85% of the time).

-        - Training on Photo-Identification technique at sea (One week).

-        - Build mark-recapture models using the software MARK (15% of the
time).

* *

*Conditions to apply:*

The student will have to be present from February until July 2013 at the
research center in Seville (Spain). Previous experience in the topic is
preferred. Housing and living expenses will not be provided.

* *

*CAUTION!*

*Manually matching thousands of pictures with the catalogue is a very
demanding and sometimes monotonous or frustrating work, therefore the
student should be prepared to long working days sitting in front of the
computer and should be highly patient, strongly motivated and not afraid by
frustration.*

* *

*Supervision:*

Philippe Verborgh and Pauline Gauffier (CIRCE).

Renaud de Stephanis and Joan Giménez (EBD-CSIC)



*Contact :*

Joan Giménez, Email: joan.gimenez(at)csic.es




-- 
*Joan Giménez Verdugo*
*Estación Biológica de Doñana (CSIC)
Applied Marine Ecology Group (GEMA)
*
*Department of Conservation Biology*
Avenida Americo Vespucio s/n
41092 Sevilla
Mail: joan.gimenez at csic.es
Phone: 619176849
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.uvic.ca/pipermail/marmam/attachments/20121220/9f300c13/attachment.html>


More information about the MARMAM mailing list