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

aylin akkaya akkayaaylin at yahoo.com
Tue Jan 17 22:19:08 PST 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. And of course there will be days that we see no dolphins around so patient personality is needed.  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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