[MARMAM] Humpback Whale Field Intensive in Puertio Rico: dates announced

Mithriel MacKay mithriel.mackay at gmail.com
Sun Sep 9 15:35:08 PDT 2012

*Humpback Whale Field Intensive Program at MCERC 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 to 3 students per 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

 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:

     Research experience in vessel and land based data collection and
recording of

            humpback whale behaviors

    Photographic techniques in the field (DSL, high resolution wildlife

    Photo identification methods of individual humpbacks and dolphins

    Theodolite tracking and computer interface (Pythagoras and Mysticetus

    Passive acoustic sampling and analysis (Ishmael, Adobe Audition, Raven

    Assessing environmental factors

    Permit requirements for marine mammal research involving endangered

    An overview of ecology on this island bordered by the Caribbean Sea and
the Atlantic


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. We are transitioning to
our new website. Application packets will either be sent to you via e-mail
or you will be directed to the link on the new MCERC website when it is
available. Be sure to put in a first, second, and third choice of dates to
avoid missing out on a spot this season!  Once you are selected and dates
are matched, you will be notified via e-mail and instructions for
submitting the program fee will be included. A waiting list will be created
in the event an opening becomes available. Spring break fills especially
fast, so if this time interests you we suggest you register as soon as

Prior to arrival date, recommended packing list and program information
will be sent to your email address.

Thank you for supporting humpback whale research and education!

Website: www.Marine-Eco.org

MCERC.mail at gmail.com

 Please be prepared to select first, second, and third choices for sessions
available during the 2013 field season.

Session 1  Jan 20-26

Session 2  Jan 27-Feb 2

Session 3  Feb 3- 9

Session 4  Feb 10-16

Session 5  Feb 17-23

Session 6  Feb 24- Mar 2

Session 7  Mar 3-9

Session 8  March 10-16

Session 9  Mar 17-23

Session 10 Mar 24-30

Session 11 Mar 31-Apr 6

Session 12 April 7-13

Session 13 April 14-20

See you in the tropics!


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


Director of Research and Education
Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center
HC02 6382 Guayanilla, PR
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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