[MARMAM] SEEKING FIELD ASSISTANTS FOR RESEARCH ON HAWAIIAN SPINNER DOLPHINS

Julian Tyne J.Tyne at murdoch.edu.au
Sat Nov 3 10:00:39 PDT 2012


Seeking field assistants for research on Hawaiian spinner dolphins


PROJECT SUMMARY


There is a POSSIBILITY that 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 1st 2013 until March 31st 2013 to
help collect land based theodolite data on 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
(http://nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab/
<http://nicholas.duke.edu/marinelab/> ).


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
resting bays. 


FIELD WORK


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.

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
population biology.

 

Research assistants

I am seeking skilled research assistants to commence in 2nd January
2013. Assistants will help collect theodolite information on spinner
dolphins in their resting bays along the Kona Coast of Hawai'i Island.
The field season will last until end March 2013.

Because of the training required, applicants must be willing to commit
to the project fulltime for the full three months.  


PREREQUISITES 


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. 

PLEASE ONLY APPLY IF YOU ARE ABLE TO COMMIT TO THE PROJECT.

If you are interested, please provide a short CV 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 

 

http://mucru.org/group-members/julian-tyne/
<http://mucru.org/group-members/julian-tyne/> 

http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/spinners
<http://www.nicholas.duke.edu/spinners> 

http://www.facebook.com/MUCRU <http://www.facebook.com/MUCRU> 

 

 

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