[MARMAM] Humpback Whale Field Intensive- openings still available

Mithriel MacKay mithriel.mackay at gmail.com
Fri Oct 19 09:59:23 PDT 2012


 *Hi Folks,*
*We are reposting by request from students in marine biology programs. We
still have spots fro the 2013 season open, but they are filling fast.
Questions? Just drop us a note at the email at the bottom of this posting. *
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*Humpback Whale Field Intensive Program in Puerto Rico:  *

*1 week “Shorty” programs $900.00USD*



The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center is inviting interested
students to participate in the third season for 7 day field intensive
focused on cetacean behavioral ecology in Puerto Rico. *No experience is
necessary to participate!*



Join our research team studying humpback whales *(Megaptera novaeangliae*)
wintering off Puerto Rico. *Space is limited in each  7 day session* for

boat and land based research platforms during the field season January 20,
2013- April 27, 2013. We are offering this "shorty" format (by request!) to
fill the need for less expensive programs fitting into work and class
schedules.



 This field intensive training program is well suited for students
(undergraduate and graduate) of all skill levels interested in cetacean
behavioral ecology, and conservation. The program culminates in a
certificate acknowledging training including theodolite tracking, boat
based behavior and acoustic data collection, analysis of acoustic files and
software, photo identification of flukes and fins for cetaceans,
introduction to DSL photography.



 Participants are directly involved in data collection and analysis for PhD
dissertation related research for humpback whale occupancy, habitat use,
and movement off Puerto Rico as well as an examination of reaction to human
activity near shore (including boats, divers, surfers, and aircraft).



$900.00USD per student includes a week in Puerto Rico: travel between field
stations, training program in scientific methods, room and board at the
project base station, reference materials related to the project, field
methods for data collection and analysis, and a certificate of completion.
Fees *do not include* travel to and from Puerto Rico, USA and compulsory
insurance. Students must bring a working or collar-type PFD or are required
to wear the PFD provided during all boat operations.



MCERC has provided documentation of study for students working with their
advisers at universities resulting in college credit. Please send us an
e-mail in advance of your application if you are considering this option.



To participate, simply e-mail MCERC.mail at gmail.com. Be sure to put in a
first, second, and third choice of dates to avoid missing out on a spot
this season!  Several sessions are already filled.



Thank you for supporting humpback whale research and education!



Website: www.Marine-Eco.org

MCERC.mail at gmail.com







Mithriel MacKay

Director of Research and Education

Marine and Coastal Ecology Center-PR

HC02 Box 6382

Guayanilla, PR  00656


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Mithriel M. MacKay
Ph.D. Candidate
Marine Mammal Research Program
Department of Marine Biology
Texas A&M University, Galveston
(830) 688-9878
mithriel.mackay at gmail.com

and

Director of Research and Education
Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center
HC02 6382 Guayanilla, PR
     and
PO Box 63435 Pipe Creek, Texas 78063
www.Marine-Eco.org <http://www.marine-eco.org/>
MCERC.mail at gmail.com
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