[MARMAM] HDR Honours opportunity: Geospatial analysis of marine mammal records , Victoria Australia
kcr at ammcf.org.au
Wed May 13 16:46:52 PDT 2015
Please note there has been an extension to the closing date for
applications for the 2015 Honours opportunity with AMMCF, in affiliation
with Deakin University, Museum Victoria and Zoos Victoria .*Now 24th May
*Honours opportunity with the **Australian Marine Mammal Conservation
Foundation (AMMCF), Museum Victoria and Deakin University**.*
AMMCF, in affiliation with Museum Victoria, Zoos Victoria and Deakin
University, is currently seeking applications from highly qualified
candidates for BSc Honours 2015 (mid-year intake). The project will
assess the stranding and sighting records of marine mammals (whales,
dolphins and seals) as a part of AMMCFs larger biodiversity assessment
research program led by Dr Kate Charlton-Robb.
*Background & Project overview*
37% of all marine mammals are at a risk of extinction, with 25% of
marine mammal species listed as ‘threatened’. Marine mammals in the
southern ocean face many threats that potentially impact on their
long-term survival, including habitat degradation, anthropogenic
activities, over-exploitation of prey species, and oceanic and
environmental changes. In addition, the loss of top apex predators has
the potential to seriously impact on lower trophic levels and important
ecosystem functions. There is a distinct lack of knowledge about which
cetaceans reside in Victorian waters, making it especially difficult to
assess potential food-web and ecosystems impacts. Recently, unexpected
or rarely observed species in this region have been recorded, including
pigmy sperm whale (/Kogia breviceps/), rough-toothed dolphin (/Steno
bredanensis/), shepherd’s beaked whale (/Tasmacetus shepherdi/) and
striped dolphin (/Stenella coeruleoalba/).
This Honours project will collate and assess the stranding
(live/deceased beach-cast animals) and sightings records from across
Victoria from numerous sources and use geospatial analyses to
investigate the potential ecological drivers influencing such events;
thus providing critical conservation and management knowledge for
numerous top-order species. In particular, this research will provide a
comprehensive biodiversity assessment, greatly extending our knowledge
of marine mammal species in southern Australian waters, and potentially
identifying rare, unique or endangered species. This Honours project
will be offered in affiliation with Museum Victoria, co–supervised by Dr
Karen Rowe and Deakin University, co-supervised by Associate Professor
·Bachelor of Science degree, with a minimum of Distinction average.
·Experience in collecting and processing ecological data.
·Proficiency in Microsoft and statistical packages.
·Familiarity with GIS analyses and software and relational databases
(e.g., Microsoft Access).
Please send your expressions of interest containing the following:
1.A brief covering letter outlining your relevant experience and the
project of interest.
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
*CLOSING DATE 24^th May 2015 ***
Australian Marine Mammal Conservation Foundation
PO Box 2046
Hampton East VIC 3188
e:kcr at ammcf.org.au
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