[MARMAM] Volunteers urgently needed to help with seabird and cetacean fieldwork in South of Spain (Andalusia) - Last campaign.

Joan Giménez Verdugo gimenez.verdugo at gmail.com
Thu Dec 19 04:33:48 PST 2013

Volunteers urgently needed to help with seabird and cetacean fieldwork in
South of Spain (Andalusia) -  Last campaign.

CIRCE (http://www.circe.info) is seeking applications from volunteers to
help in the motorboat ELSA in the study of abundance and distribution of
seabirds and cetaceans in the Gulf of Cadiz (Andalucia - Spain) from 10th
January to 18th February 2014.


Seabirds and cetaceans of the Gulf of Cádiz (south of Spain) have been
monitored since 2004. However, the information on the distribution and
abundance of seabirds is limited to censuses along the coastline, and for
cetaceans only the number of individuals found stranded on beaches has been
recorded.  The available data for seabirds suggest a high species diversity
but with considerable temporal variability across the year. During some
periods the area holds a high percentage of the global population of some
species, for example the endangered Balearic shearwater (*Puffinus
mauritanicus*). While the Gulf of Cádiz also holds a rich community of
cetaceans, there is no information on abundance, distribution and impact of
human activities on these populations.  Distribution of these marine
predators is mainly influenced by food resource availability, but also by
oceanographic characteristics that define habitat suitability. The aim of
this project is to determine the abundance and distribution, both spatial
and temporal, of seabirds and cetaceans in the Gulf of Cadiz. Our approach
is to examine abiotic and biotic environmental variables including activity
and impact of local fisheries. Results from this project are of
considerable interest from a scientific point of view, but also have an
important application in the management of Doñana National Park. We will
generate critical data for sound decision making, given current discussions
as to the appropriate limits for the marine protected area. Our data will
also allow for the prediction of the potential impact of anthropogenic
alterations to the environment, such as oil spills, fisheries, wind-energy
generation and harbour construction.

Volunteers should be available for the entire period. You will be
responsible for your transport to and from the main centre, but once here,
we will provide accommodation, transport to the different harbours and food
expenses (communal shopping/cooking will be arranged).

The main port will be Chipiona and all the volunteers and research team
will be based there, although other ports (Barbate, Isla Cristina and
Tarifa) could be used during the surveys (in that case everyone will sleep
in the boat). We will do lineal transects to cover the coastal area of the
Gulf of Cadiz (12 nautical miles) with the motorboat ELSA (10 meters) with
an observation point at 5 meters above sea level to monitor seabirds,
cetaceans and anthropogenic activities.

Volunteers should be prepared to long working days (some days more than 10
hours) under the sun, the wind and cold weather and to help with data entry
and office duties during bad weather days.

Successful applicants will:

-have previous experience in seabirds and cetacean identification at sea.

-have a mature attitude towards seabird and marine mammal research.

-be autonomous and quickly operational.

-be able to live and work constructively with others in a team.

-be able to live in a small boat (10meters) for some days.

-speak fluently Spanish and/or English.

-be available for the entire period.

Applicants should send an email introducing themselves to
gimenez.verdugo(at)gmail.com. The email should include an outline of why
you would like to work on this project, your qualifications and previous
experience. Please also attach a brief CV, detailing your previous
experiences relevant to this project.

**Applications will be considered in order of arrival.**


Joan Giménez

Joan Giménez Verdugo
gimenez.verdugo at gmail.com
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