[MARMAM] Humpback Whale Field Intensive program; Puerto Rico, USA

Mithriel MacKay mithriel.mackay at gmail.com
Fri Dec 27 09:41:15 PST 2013

*Humpback Whale Field Intensive Program, Puerto Rico , USA*

*1 week program sessions and Gap Year (multiple session) options*

*Please share this announcement and help fund the 2014 (PhD dissertation)
research season. We have one or more spots open in some sessions. Thank
you! *

The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center is inviting interested
students to participate in the fourth season for 7 day field intensive
focused on cetacean behavioral ecology in Puerto Rico. *No experience is
necessary to participate! *100% of the program fees support PhD
dissertation research.

Join our field team studying humpback whales *(Megaptera novaeangliae*)
wintering off Puerto Rico. *Space is limited to 4 students in each  7 day
session* for boat and land based research platforms during the field season
January - April, 2014. We offer this "shorty" format  to fill the need for
less expensive programs fitting into work and class schedules. Gap year
students are welcome to inquire about programs lasting multiple weeks,
including in depth analysis of data and increased responsibility on the

 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 of whales
and boats from land, boat based behavior and acoustic data collection,
analysis of acoustic files and software, and photo identification of flukes
and fins for cetaceans.

Participants are directly involved in data collection and analysis for PhD
dissertation related research for Seasonal Occurrence Patterns and Social
Strategies of Humpback Whales Wintering off Puerto Rico, USA as well as an
examination of reaction to human activity near shore (including boats,
divers, surfers, and aircraft).

Program fees include a week in Puerto Rico, USA: travel between field
stations, training program in scientific methods, room and meals at the
project field station in San German, 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 Ponce, Puerto Rico,
USA and compulsory health and travel insurance (usually purchased with air
travel). Students must bring a working or collar-type PFD during all boat
operations. Options for acquiring a pfd for the program session are sent
with application packets.

MCERC has provided documentation of study for students working with their
advisers at universities resulting in undergraduate and graduate university
credit hours. Please *meet with your adviser in advance* and send us an
e-mail with your application if you are considering this option and we will
be happy to send you information helpful to your adviser.

To participate, download the Simple Application and information packet from
the MCERC website under the “Education” tab, read related information on
the website, and send the completed application via email. An invoice will
be generated once a spot in the session you request is verified as
“available”. Submitting the program fee before your invoice expires (48
hours) confirms your spot!  *Email your application to *
*MCERC.mail at gmail.com* <MCERC.mail at gmail.com>*.**      (*Website:

Thank you for supporting humpback whale research and education!

*Project Sessions with 1 or more spots available still available

Session 2 January 26 – February 01

Session 3  February 02-08

Session 4  February 09-15

Session 5  February 16-22

Session 6  February 23- March 01

Session 10  March 23-29

Session 11 March 30-April 05

Session 12 April 06-12

Session 13 April 13-19

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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 at Marine-Eco.org


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