[MARMAM] Research project for Honours student in Hermanus, South Africa

Els Vermeulen elsvermeulen5 at gmail.com
Mon Apr 18 03:30:50 PDT 2016

Dear all,

The South African Shark Conservancy (SASC), in collaboration with Sea
Search, is seeking an Honours student to conduct a cetacean-focused
research project based out of Hermanus, South Africa.

Since 2012 SASC has collected opportunistic data on the spatial and
temporal occurrence and behaviour of cetaceans in Walker Bay on the
southwest coast of South Africa.  This study will investigate how the
number of species, relative abundance, and behaviour of a variety of
cetaceans varies across seasons and years. The student will be required to
analyse existing survey data and participate in boat-based monitoring
surveys to supplement existing data.  This project will be conducted in
conjunction with Southern Right Charters, our commercial boat-based whale
watching partner, and with the co-supervision of Dr. Els Vermeulen from Sea

SASC is unable to provide living expenses for students undertaking these
projects, and a project fee of US$1720/month is charged to cover all costs
associated with accommodation, transportation, supervision, paperwork and
research-related expenses. Students are encouraged to apply for university
funding to offset project costs (discount will be made for South African
citizens). As a student you will be expected to undertake additional
internship activities as they arise, and are required to spend a minimum of
three (3) calendar months at SASC.  All data collected during research
projects remains the joint Intellectual Property (IP) of the student and
SASC as per our standard Project Collaboration Agreement.

Applicants will be required to submit an official academic transcript, two
(2) academic references and a short CV (no longer than three pages) prior
to acceptance. For more information and to apply, contact
meag at sharkconservancy.org with cc els.vermeulen at seasearch.co.za

Kind regards,


Els Vermeulen, PhD

Marine Mammal Biologist

SANCOR Post-doctoral fellow - University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Co-director, Sea Search, Cape Town, South Africa - www.seasearch.co.za -

Co-founding Director, Whalefish - www.whalefish.org

Cell: +27 (0)60 9714301
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