[MARMAM] Humpback Whale Field Intensive Program, Puerto Rico, USA

Mithriel MacKay mithriel.mackay at gmail.com
Sun Sep 7 21:07:02 PDT 2014

*Humpback Whale Field Intensive Program at MCERC in Puerto Rico, USA:  *

*1 week “Shorty” programs *

The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center (MCERC) is inviting
interested adults 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!*

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.

Join our research 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 18, 2015- April 25, 2015. We are offering this "shorty" format (by
request!) 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.

 This field intensive training program is well suited for people with a
university 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

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 students 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;

1.      Download the *Simple Application Form*, instructions, and
information packet from  MCERC’s Education Hub at
http://www.marine-eco.org/mcerc-moodle orthe MCERC website (

 Thank you for supporting humpback whale research and education!

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

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 - 11

April 12- 18

April 19-25

See you in the tropics!


​Mithriel M. MacKay
Ph.D. Candidate
Marine Mammal Research Program
Department of Marine Biology
Texas A&M University, Galveston​


Director of Research and Education
Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center
San German, Puerto Rico, USA
Pipe Creek, Texas 78063
www.Marine-Eco.org <http://www.marine-eco.org/>
​ithriel at Marine-Eco.org​
<MCERC.mail at gmail.com>
​Education Hub: www.Marine-Eco.org/mcerc-moodle​
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