[MARMAM] Research Student Opportunity: Coastal Dolphin Sympatric Associations

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Mon Apr 25 18:29:33 PDT 2016

Honours Research Student opportunity with Dolphin Research Australia in
affiliation with Southern Cross University

Dolphin Research Australia in affiliation with Southern Cross University
Marine Ecology Research Centre is currently seeking applications from highly
qualified candidates for BSc Honours 2016 (mid-year intake). For the right
candidate, a Masters by research (MSc ) may also be a possibility. The
student will be supervised by Dr Liz Hawkins (Dolphin Research Australia)
and Professor Peter Harrison (SCU). 


The project will assess the sympatric associations between two coastal
dolphin species; Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) and
Australian humpback dolphins (Sousa sahulensis), in the Moreton Bay Marine
Park, Queensland.

The project will assess three years of data collected as part of the Moreton
Bay Dolphin Research Project. The student will assess the ecological
relationships between species occurrence and environmental parameters using
spatial and statistical analysis techniques. 

Essential Requirements

-          Bachelor of Science degree or equivalent 

-          Experience in field work and processing ecological data

-          Proficiency in GIS software and experience in spatial analysis

-          Skills in statistical analysis and interpretation

-          Familiarity with Microsoft programs and statistical packages
(Program R is an advantage)

-          Demonstrated excellence in written communication skills 

-          Good verbal communication and proficiency in English

-          Work well within a team environment and independently

-          Ability to take initiative 

-          Excellent time management skills and ability to work to a

Desirable Qualifications

-          Current First Aid Certification

-          Deckhand Certification

-          Experience in working on boats

-          Photographic experience


Although the enrolment for the research project commences mid-year, the
candidate would ultimately be available to participate and assist in the
collection of data during the 2016 field expeditions from May to July. The
candidate will ultimately be available from 20th May to 27th May then for 3
days per week (at a minimum) for all other Dolphin Research Australia
expedition dates (please see link to our website for all expedition dates

The field work component of the project will be based at the Moreton Bay
Research Station on North Stradbroke Island and Brisbane, Queensland. As
such, this project is most suited to those based in this region.


As a not-for-profit organisation, Dolphin Research Australia Inc. relies on
the assistance of grants, donations and sponsors (including our
eco-volunteers) to undertake our projects. The cost of the project is partly
supported and subsidised by Dolphin Research Australia Inc., however,
additional costs are required for transport and accommodation. These costs
will be $2,200 (AUD). This cost includes ferry transport to North Stradbroke
Island, accommodation and food during expeditions in 2016. 

 Please note that outside the field dates, no accommodation, food or
transport expenses will be covered. The project will be based in South East
Queensland adjacent to Brisbane and students will be expected to organise
their own living arrangements outside the field work dates. 

Application Process

Please send your expressions of interest containing the following:

1.       A covering letter outlining your relevant experience and the
project of interest.

2.       Curriculum Vitae

3.       Current academic transcript

4.       Two relevant referees 

For further information about the project and to download an information
package about our 2016 expeditions please go to the Dolphin Research
Australia website www.dolphinresearchaustralia.com 

Applications will be considered on a competitive basis and as such ensure
your application addresses the listed requirements.  Please submit your
applications by 10th May 2016 5pm AEST to

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding
this opportunity.

Kind Regards


Elizabeth Hawkins, PhD

Executive Officer

Founding Director

Dolphin Research Australia, Inc.

PO Box 1960

Byron Bay, NSW, 2481

E-mail: liz at dolphinresearchaustralia.com

Website: www.dolphinresearchaustralia.com

ABN: 42095866467


** Dolphin Research Australia Inc. is a not-for-profit marine conservation,
education & research charity -find out more about us & how you can help at
www.dolphinresearchaustralia.com **



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