[MARMAM] Research assistant position NEW ZEALAND - common dolphin photoID

Anna Meissner anna.meissner at gmail.com
Wed Oct 23 17:36:00 PDT 2013

Enthusiastic individuals with a keen interest in dolphin studies are
invited to assist with a PhD study investigating common dolphin ecology (*
Delphinus* sp.) in the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand. This PhD project is part
of the ongoing research of the New Zealand Common Dolphin Project (NZCDP)
and the Coastal-Marine Research Group (C-MRG) at Massey University Albany,
Auckland. (http://cmrg.massey.ac.nz).


This project aims to explore the distribution, habitat use and site
fidelity of common dolphins (*Delphinus* sp.) in an oceanic environment:
the East Coast Bay of Plenty, and assess the effects of local tourism on
dolphin population.

Photo-identification is used to assess common dolphin abundance and site
fidelity in the region.


November 2013 – February 2014. A minimum commitment of 2 months is
requested. Priority will be given to candidates who can commit for longer


Tauranga, New Zealand


Analysis of photo-identification data, including assistance with photo
sorting, grading, and matching, sighting data entry, maintenance of
long-term photo-id catalogue using a MS Access database. Research
assistants should be prepared to work long days analysing photographs and
matching them with the existing photo-identification catalogue.


. Be meticulous, reliable, adaptable, hardworking and patient.

. Have a mature and independent attitude towards marine mammal research.

. Speak fluent English

. Be sociable, enthusiastic and have a positive attitude

. Strong interest in the marine environment and conservation

. Previous experience in photo-ID on small cetaceans will be considered.


. Photo-identification experience


This is a volunteer position, so there is unfortunately no monetary
compensation or living provisions. However, help can be provided to find
accommodation. Assistants will be responsible for travel to Tauranga and
their own living expenses.

Applicants should email a letter of interest outlining relevant experience
and motivation for participation, as well as a CV and the contacts for
referees to Anna Meissner a.m.meissner at massey.ac.nz

Early application is recommended as applications will be examined in order
of reception.

Kindest regards,

Anna Meissner

Anna M. Meissner
PhD student
Coastal-Marine Research Group
Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences
Massey University
Private Bag 102 904
North Shore City, 0745
Auckland, New Zealand

Tel: +64 9 414 0800 ext 41520
Cell: +64 22 603 6646
Fax: +64 9 443 9790

Email: a.m.meissner at massey.ac.nz
Web: http://cmrg.massey.ac.nz
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