[MARMAM] SEEKING FIELD ASSISTANTS FOR RESEARCH ON HAWAIIAN SPINNER DOLPHINS
J.Tyne at murdoch.edu.au
Fri Dec 28 13:12:40 PST 2012
Seeking field assistants for research on Hawaiian spinner dolphins
This project will be extended until the end of March 2013, and as a
consequence I am looking for interested parties who would be available
from January 10th 2013 until March 31st 2013 to help collect land based
theodolite data and focal follow dataon spinner dolphins in their
resting bays along the Kona Coast of Hawai'i Island.
I am seeking experienced research assistants to join the existing team
for my PhD field work that aims to a) quantify possible effects of human
interactions on spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris) in resting bays
in Hawaii and b) assess the effectiveness of time-area closures as a
proposed mitigation tool. This is the first stage of a long-term project
on spinner dolphins along the west coast of the Island of Hawaii by
Murdoch University, Western Australia (http://mucru.org/
<http://mucru.org/)%20> ) and Duke University, North Carolina
The project aims to collect baseline data on the local abundance,
distribution and behaviour of spinner dolphins using a suite of modern
visual and acoustic techniques in four spinner dolphin resting bays in
Hawaii. These data will be used to determine residency and fidelity
patterns and investigate the possible effects of human interactions on
the spinner dolphins and to assess the effectiveness of time-area
closures as a mitigation approach. This will assist in determining the
long-term viability of the spinner dolphin population and the
sustainability and management of the human interactions within the
Where possible, the movements and behaviour of spinner dolphins and
boats will be studied from local cliff tops overlooking spinner dolphin
resting bays using a digital theodolite. Theodolite data will be used to
derive time series of information on activity state, path sinuosity,
speed, and synchronicity of schools.
Boat based group focal follow surveys will be conducted along the west
coast of the Island of Hawaii both inside and outside resting bays.
Field work will be physically and at times mentally demanding but you
will have the opportunity to observe and gain hands-on experience and
improve existing skills in relation to theodolite survey techniques and
behavioural observations. This experience will be most useful to
students or anyone hoping to pursue a career in behavioural ecology or
I am seeking skilled research assistants to commence in 10th January
2013. Assistants will help collect theodolite data and group focal
follow dataon spinner dolphins in their resting bays and along the Kona
Coast of Hawai'i Island. The field season will last until end March
Because of the training required, applicants must be willing to commit
to the project fulltime for the fieldwork period.
1. Enrolled in or completed a degree in biology, marine science, animal
behaviour or a related field
2. Previous field experience with marine wildlife (theodolite tracking
and boat handling skills would be advantageous but not a prerequisite).
3. Be enthusiastic, team oriented, have a positive attitude and good
sense of humour as well as a genuine interest in marine mammal science.
4. Be adaptable and patient as fieldwork is highly weather dependent.
This means office based work during bad weather and long consecutive
days in the field when weather permits. Fieldwork will vary between
weekends and weekdays.
5. Be prepared to work long days in small team of three-five people
Unfortunately, I am unable to provide monetary compensation or living
provisions and research assistants will be responsible for travel to
Hawai'i and their own living expenses. However, there are a limited
number of beds available in shared rooms for $500 per month plus a share
of the monthly electricity bill.
PLEASE ONLY APPLY IF YOU ARE ABLE TO COMMIT TO THE PROJECT.
If you are interested, please provide a short CV, including 2 referees
(1 academic) that you are happy for me to contact, and cover letter
attention of Julian Tyne (j.tyne at murdoch.edu.au).
Julian Tyne * j.tyne at murdoch.edu.au <mailto:*j.tyne at murdoch.edu.au>
PhD Candidate, Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU)
Centre for Fish, Fisheries and Aquatic Ecosystem Research
Faculty of Sustainability, Environmental and Life Sciences
Murdoch University South Street Murdoch WA 6150
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