[MARMAM] Coll Perske Memorial Fund for Marine Mammals Student Research Award (National Marine Mammal Foundation, San Diego, CA)

Forrest Gomez forrest.gomez at nmmpfoundation.org
Sun Apr 17 08:30:41 PDT 2016


*Coll Perske Memorial Fund for Marine Mammals Student Research Award: Call
for Applications (Due April 26, 2016)*

On April 28, 2014, we lost an amazing friend and colleague, Coll Gordon
Perske. To honor Coll’s life and unwavering dedication to marine mammals,
the National Marine Mammal Foundation established the Coll Perske Memorial
Fund for Marine Mammals.  The mission of the fund is to improve the lives
of marine mammals, with a focus on California sea lions, through scientific
research, education, and promotion of ocean stewardship.  The first project
launched by the Coll Perske Memorial Fund is the Perske Pinniped Health
Project.  The Perske Pinniped Health Project will focus on research that
continues to enhance the health and welfare of all pinnipeds, with a
special emphasis on the California sea lion.


*Program Description*

This year, the Coll Perske Memorial Fund committee has elected to provide a
student stipend of $2000.00 to a qualified undergraduate, recently
graduated, or graduate student interested in marine mammal physiology and
training.  The study chosen for the Perske Pinniped Health project this
year is a sea lion diving physiology and training project that Coll Perske
helped collect data for while working as a U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program
sea lion trainer.  For this study pre and post dive blood samples were
acquired voluntarily from 4 adult male sea lions after diving to various
depths (500 ft, 600 ft, 800 ft and 900 ft).  Blood samples were then
analyzed using iSTAT (CG4, CG8) to obtain blood gas information.  The award
recipient will work with Dr. Sam Ridgway to evaluate the methodology and
data previously collected for this project.

In addition to working with Dr. Ridgway, the student will also have the
opportunity to spend time working with the sea lion training staff, and
some of the animals that participated in the data collection for this
study.  By the end of their time onsite, the student will have gained
exposure to working with the National Marine Mammal Foundation and the U.S
Navy Marine Mammal Program.  They will also have gained a better
understanding of marine mammal training as a research tool.  It is our
expectation the award recipient will present the results of this project by
the end of their time onsite, as well as at a related conference within the
following year.  Ideally, this project will also result in a publication in
an appropriate peer reviewed scientific journal.


For additional information and application requirements:
http://www.nmmf.org/perske-research-award.html
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