[MARMAM] Humpback Whale program in Puerto Rico, USA

Mithriel MacKay mithriel.mackay at gmail.com
Tue Oct 14 09:28:35 PDT 2014

The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center (MCERC) is inviting
interested undergraduates, recent graduates, graduate students, and others
interested in field experience to participate in the fifth season for
7 day field
intensive programs focused on cetacean behavioral ecology in Puerto Rico.
*No experience is necessary to participate!*

Join our research team studying humpback whales 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 18, 2015- April 25, 2015.

This field intensive training program is well suited for people with a
university degree or working towards their degree seeking field experience
and 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.
Nightly roundtable meetings are open discussions of relevant peer reviewed
publications selected to cover humpback whale life history and behavioral

All sessions for the 2015 season will include the 8 hour MCERC personal
marketing course, Is Your Resume Working for you? , free for Humpback Whale
Field Intensive program participants.

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

Each week long field intensive session is $1500.00USD. Program fees include
a week at the field house 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. All spaces in the program sessions will be on a
first-come-first-served basis. On line registration is integrated with Pay
Pal, and confirmation is instantaneous!

MCERC has provided documentation of study for many students in the USA and
abroad working with their advisers at universities resulting in up to 4
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 in any of the week long field intensive sessions;
Download the *Simple Application Form*, instructions, and information
packet from  MCERCs Education Hub at http://www.marine-eco.org/mcerc-moodle
or the MCERC website (www.Marine-Eco.org). Thank you for supporting humpback
whale research and education! Submit by email and receive access to
register for your preferred session. The application takes just a few
minutes to complete.

Questions? Send us a note! The MCERC website has a ~Contact Us~ option at
http://www.marine-eco.org/contact/ and we are happy to answer your

2015 Humpback Whale Field Intensive Project Sessions (sessions may be full.
Please check availability)
January 18 -24
January 25-31
February 01-07
February 08-14
February 15-21
February 22-28
March 01- 07
March 08-14
March 15-21
March 22-28
March 29- April 04
April 05 - 11April 12- 18
April 19-25
See you in the tropics!

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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
San German, Puerto Rico, USA
Pipe Creek, Texas 78063
Website                  www.Marine-Eco.org <http://www.marine-eco.org/>
E-mail                     Mithriel at Marine-Eco.org <MCERC.mail at gmail.com>
Education HUb         www.Marine-Eco.org/mcerc-moodle
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