[MARMAM] SEEKING RESEARCH ASSISTANTS FOR THE CETACEAN RESEARCH UNIT, WESTERN AUSTRALIA

Kate Sprogis katesprogis at gmail.com
Fri Jan 18 06:42:23 PST 2013


SEEKING RESEARCH ASSISTANTS FOR THE
CETACEAN RESEARCH UNIT, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
 
Program:          The South West Marine Research Program is a long-term,
multi-faceted project on the Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins of South West
Australia. This program is based in Bunbury (south of Perth) and is a
collaboration between Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit and numerous
industry and non-profit partners. The research, of PhD and masters students,
focuses on dolphin population dynamics, abundance, social structure and
behaviour, habitat use, conservation genetics and foraging ecology.
 
http://mucru.org/research-projects/south-west-marine-research-program/
 
PhD Outline:   Here, I am specifically seeking ONE research volunteer to
assist from now until April 2013 on my PhD project focussing on population
dynamics and predictive habitat modelling of coastal bottlenose dolphins
(Tursiops aduncus) in Bunbury. Long-term data will be used to investigate
population dynamics and habitat use, in order to aid in future conservation
and management efforts.
Benthic habitat mapping and photo identification fieldwork is conducted from
Busselton to Binningyup within a 540km2 area consisting of coastal beaches,
inshore bays, estuarine inlets and a river. Using a rigid sampling design,
this research is conducted year round via standardised line transect surveys
(up to 5nm offshore) from a small research vessel.
This experience will be most useful to students or anyone hoping to pursue a
career in behavioural ecology, population biology or marine science.
 
                        http://mucru.org/group-members/kate-sprogis/
 
Office:             Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit, South West
Marine Research Program office based at the Dolphin Discovery Centre in
Bunbury. 
http://www.dolphindiscovery.com.au/
Duties:            Field: benthic habitat mapping, spotting wildlife, data
collection, boat driving, photo identification
Office: Data entry, fin matching, project organisation
Computer programs used for data are: FinBase, ACDSee, Logger, Microsoft
Access, Excel and Word.
 
Assistants should:
Be adaptable and patient as fieldwork is highly weather dependent. Fieldwork
will vary between weekdays and weekends. When the weather permits fieldwork
could be long and on consecutive days.
 
Preferred   skills/traits:PRE
1. Enrolled in or completed a degree in biology, marine science, animal
behaviour or a related field.
2. Previous field experience with wildlife (field data collection,
photo-identification, boat handling skills).
3. Be enthusiastic, team oriented and have a positive attitude as well as a
genuine interest in wildlife science.
 
Unfortunately, we are unable to provide monetary compensation or living
provisions and research assistants will be responsible for their own travel
to Western Australia and living expenses. Please note, the Bunbury
backpackers provide good discounts for assistants of the Dolphin Discovery
Centre.
 
If you are interested in volunteering or interning, please provide a short
CV and a cover letter to the attention of research assistant Krista
Nicholson (k.nicholson at murdoch.edu.au).
 


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