[MARMAM] HDR Honours opportunity: Burrunan dolphin research, Victoria Australia

Kate Charlton-Robb kcr at ammcf.org.au
Sun Oct 19 19:19:33 PDT 2014

Hi All,
Apologies for cross-posting, please see below:


_/Australian citizen applicants only/_*_. _*


The Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation (AMMCF), in 
affiliation with Deakin University, is currently seeking applications 
from highly qualified candidates for a BSc Honours project 
(research-based) investigating the spatial ecology of the Burrunan 
dolphin (/Tursiops australis/) in Victoria, Australia.

This project is a part of AMMCFs larger research program /Project 
Burrunan/ led by Dr Kate Charlton-Robb andwill be offered in affiliation 
with Deakin University, co-supervised by Associate Professor John Arnould.

*Background & Project overview*

A new species of dolphin, the Burrunan dolphin (/Tursiops australis/), 
endemic to southern Australia, has recently been described 
(Charlton-Robb et al. 2011). /Tursiops australis/ are currently known to 
inhabit inshore regions of Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. 
Recent research shows the species consist of small genetically distinct 
populations susceptible to numerous threats and is likely to be of grave 
conservation concern (Charlton-Robb et al. 2014). /Tursiops australis/ 
has also recently been listed under the Victorian State Flora and Fauna 
Guarantee Act as ‘threatened’. Gippsland Lakes is one of only two places 
in Victoria that /T. australis /has an established a resident 
population, as such greater scientific knowledge underpinning the 
correct management and conservation is crucial.

The Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation (AMMCF), a newly 
established not-for-profit organisation, has it's primary mission to 
“strive to support and work with Australia’s marine mammal scientists 
and researchers to establish and advance the knowledge, conservation and 
protection of our marine mammals.”

AMMCFs /Project Burrunan/ focuses on using applied research to further 
investigate the Burrunan dolphin. The general aims of the project is to 
assess the species' distribution and range, gain better estimates of 
overall population size & structure, assess the level of gene flow 
between the discrete populations and to assess potential migration 
pathways. This project will also investigate the presence and habitat 
use of the Burrunan//across coastal and offshore regions of Victoria to 
identify regions of significance to the dolphin.

We are seeking applications from highly motivated, dedicated, high 
achieving students for the following Project;

*Spatial ecology of Burrunan dolphins in the Gippsland Lakes*using 
Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Mapping environmental, spatial and 
dolphin sighting data to identify areas of significance within the Lakes 
and Gippsland coastal region.

Project One will be offered as a Trimester One January 2015 start.



·Bachelor of Science degree, with a minimum of Distinction average.

·Experience in collecting and processing ecological data.

·Proficiency in Microsoft and statistical packages.

·Experience with GIS software.

·Experience in marine mammal research.

*Application Process*

Please send your applicant containing the following:

1.A covering letter outlining your relevant experience and interest in 
the project.

2.Curriculum Vitae

3.Current academic transcript

4.Two relevant referees who are familiar with your academic, research 
and ethical record.

Please forward the above to Dr Kate Charlton-Robbkcr at ammcf.org.au.

Applications will be considered and we will contact you with further 

/Australian citizen applicants only. Unfortunately given the timing 
restrictions of the Honours course we are only able to offer the project 
to Australian citizens./

*CLOSING DATE: 1^st November 2014*

Dr Kate-Charlton-Robb
Principal Researcher
Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation
PO Box 2046
Hampton East VIC 3188
e: kcr at ammcf.org.au
w: ammcf.org.au

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