[MARMAM] Research assistants are needed for a behavioural study of dolphins in Istanbul-Turkey

aylin akkaya akkayaaylin at yahoo.com
Sun Nov 25 22:51:29 PST 2012

Dear MARMAM readers,
I am seeking 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 take part in:
-          data collection during the land
and boat based fieldwork in the Istanbul Strait. 
-          Data entry and organization of
the photo-id files.
Researchassistants should be prepared
for long working days in the field, hours of work may vary between 6 to 12
hours per day, and expect to wake up very early (around 4h30 a.m. or 5h a.m. )
for the morning shifts. The work will be carried under hot and cold weathers conditions.
 The field
work will take 3-4 days in a week and office work will take a day or two. Boat based observations will take place 3
or 4 days per month.
Successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation
to and from Istanbul-Turkey, and due to transport and boat operations applicants
should contribute $400 for the project (for 2 months) and an extra $100 /month
for the accommodation. Commitment is required for a minimum of 2 months. 
Successful applicants will need to:
- be able to live and work with others in a multi cultural team
- be available for at least 2 months however longer stays are preferred
-have a strong desire to work with marine mammals under harsh
This project provides an excellent opportunity for students and
individuals interested in getting more experience in the field of marine mammal
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,
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