[MARMAM] Internships at Adriatic Dolphin Project

Grgur Pleslić grgur.pleslic at blue-world.org
Sat Apr 18 08:16:47 PDT 2015



Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation, Croatia, is
offering 2 internship positions: one in the region of northern Dalmatia, and
one in the Vis archipelago. The selected intern will participate in a
boat-based photo-ID study on bottlenose dolphins during the summer of 2015.
This is a great opportunity to learn and practice field-work methods,
including photo-identification, navigation and behaviour data collection,
storage and analysis. 


The available periods are:

*         For the project in northern Dalmatia: 27th May 2015 - 30th
September 2015

*         For the project in Vis archipelago: 01st May 2015 - 10th September




Blue World Institute of Marine Research and Conservation (BWI) runs Adriatic
Dolphin Project (ADP) since 1999. This research project focuses on biology
and ecology of the bottlenose dolphins and other cetaceans inhabiting the
Adriatic Sea. The overall goal of the project is to contribute to protection
of cetaceans by providing scientifically established information and
promotion of marine environment conservation through public awareness

The research on bottlenose dolphins in the Adriatic Sea started in late
1980s, in the area around the island of Lošinj. In 2007 research activities
were expanded to Vis archipelago (ADP Vis), an area with no previous
information on cetaceans. In 2013 a new project was started in the area of
northern Dalmatia (ADP North Dalmatia) with the specific aim to fill the gap
between the two existing study areas, provide new data and complement
existing data sets.



The research around the island of Vis encompasses a large area of marine
environment situated in the Central Adriatic. Since the beginning of our
activities, we have had a considerable number of sightings of bottlenose
dolphins and other cetaceans, constituting a database with more than 700
photographed individuals. This has already allowed us to gain an insight
into the local bottlenose dolphin community and to determine their
abundance, habitat use and distribution, home range and other aspects of
their ecology as well as different anthropogenic influences having an effect
on their survival. We strive to continue our efforts to ensure their
well-being through further research and monitoring activities. We conduct
boat based surveys using an inflatable boat starting from the port of
Rukavac, on the southeast side of the island of Vis, depending on weather



In 2013 a new research project was initiated to include the region of North
Dalmatia (ADP ND). This region is situated between the other two study areas
of the ADP (Lošinj to the north and Vis to the south). The aim of this study
is to gain insight into the status of local bottlenose dolphin population by
investigating their abundance, home range, association patterns, habitat
use, survival rate and interactions with fisheries and aquaculture. To
increase mobility, researchers, volunteers and interns are based on a 13 m
wooden boat during 10-day trips. Daily area surveys in search for dolphins
are conducted using a 5.2 m RIB. There is a 4-day period spent in homeport
(island of Murter) between each 10-days boat trip.



The selected intern will receive a detailed training in research procedures
at the beginning of the internship. Daily procedures are strongly dependent
on current weather conditions. During favourable weather (calm sea) the team
is surveying the area in search for dolphins. During these surveys, the
intern will assist researchers in searching and collection of
photo-identification, navigation and behaviour data. Daily area surveys
usually last between 3 and 5 hours, but can sometimes last up to 10 or even
12 hours. Upon returning to the base (boat or land), the intern helps out in
storing and sorting the collected data and general housekeeping as well as
boat and equipment maintenance tasks. During bad weather the intern will
work together with researchers on data sorting and analysis. 

After the daily tasks are completed, the whole team has time off. This time
off can be spent visiting the nearby towns and small traditional fishermen
villages, or simply enjoying the sun, swimming and relaxing.


Participation also provides an opportunity to use part of the collected data
set for writing a BSc or MSc thesis, under supervision of your respective
mentor and in co-mentorship of Blue World Institute's researchers.



*         Background in biology, ecology or related fields (currently
studying or recently graduated)

*         Strong interest in cetacean research

*         Team spirit

*         Ability to work long hours in summer heat

*         No sea-sickness

*         Be able to swim 

*         English speaking

*         Good computer literacy

*         Be adaptable and ready to share accommodation



*         Previous experience in cetacean research, particularly boat-based
field work

*         Knowledge of photo-identification theory and practice

*         Skilled in GIS software and MS Excel

*         Small boat license or experience of driving it



Selected intern will receive a detailed training at the beginning of
internship. Therefore, only candidates who can commit minimum of 30 days
will be considered. Availability for longer period is preferred.


For ADP Vis:

Start date: 01st of May

End date: 10th of September


For ADP North Dalmatia

Start date: 25th of May 2015

End date: 30th of September 2015




In case you are chosen for a position, you will be provided with food and
accommodation on Vis Island for the duration of your stay. All other
expenses, including costs of the trip to the island, insurance (health and
other), daily allowance, etc. are not provided.


Unfortunately, we are unable to provide financial support for your
participation in ADP North Dalmatia. Therefore, the selected intern will
have to cover trip costs to and from the field base as well as living
expenses and food. In Murter, which is the home port of the research boat,
accommodation can be found from cca. 20 EUR a day. During the 10-day boat
trips, the intern will have to compensate food, insurance and harbour fee
costs at a fixed rate of 5 EUR per day.



There is no deadline. Candidates will be selected based on their CVs and
first come - first served basis. Please, send an e-mail with your CV and a
short text expressing your interest to: 


For ADP Vis -  <mailto:info at plavisvijet-vis.hr> info at plavisvijet-vis.hr or
<mailto:jure.miocicstosic at blue-world.org> jure.miocicstosic at blue-world.org 

For ADP North Dalmatia -  <mailto:grgur.pleslic at blue-world.org>
grgur.pleslic at blue-world.org



You can find more details about the project here:

For ADP Vis -  <http://www.blue-world.org/en/science/vis/>

For ADP North Dalmatia -




Grgur Pleslić

Senior Researcher

Blue World Institute

http://www.blue-world.org <http://www.blue-world.org/> 


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