[MARMAM] VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR LAND BASED BODY CONDITION STUDY ON SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALES USING UAVS

Fredrik denupplyste at hotmail.com
Thu Jun 2 07:00:32 PDT 2016



VOLUNTEER NEEDED FOR LAND BASED BODY
CONDITION STUDY ON SOUTHERN RIGHT WHALES USING UAVS

 

Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (MUCRU), Perth, Australia, is looking
for a volunteer to assist land based Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) research on
Southern right whales at the Head of the Bight, South Australia, between the 19th
of July and the 17th of August 2016. The person will have to be available
for the entire period.

 

The research project aims to investigate Southern right whale body
condition on their South Australian breeding/nursing grounds, as part of larger
research project looking into baleen whale health (http://mucru.org/our-research/research-projects/baleen-whale-body-condition/).
To measure body condition, aerial photographs of the whales will be collected
using an UAV operated from the cliffs overlooking the Great Australian Bight.
The UAV will be operated by the chief scientist due to strict regulations in
Australia.

 

Duties include cliff based searches for right whales, observation of
right whale behavioural responses during UAV approaches, and looking for raptor
birds that could intervene with UAV operations. The research assistant will
also be expected to help out with data entry, processing and measurements of
body morphometrics from UAV photographs.

 

This is an unpaid position and the successful candidate will have to
cover the costs of transport to and from Ceduna, South Australia, where you
will be picked up/dropped off (3.5 hours drive from the Head of the Bight). The
person will also have to provide their own travel insurance. Accommodation will
be provided in the form of a shared caravan that will also function as an office.
This will be shared with one other researcher. At the site there will also be a
research team from Curtin University (4-6 people). Food expenses will be
covered by the project.  

 

The Head of the Bight study area is very remote and isolated place (arid
conditions) with very limited resources and communication (limited phone and
internet connection is available, but do not expect to stream/download larger
files or skype). During the austral winter, bad weather is expected and will
prevent UAV operations on at least 50% of the days, so be prepared to stay
indoors for extended periods of time. Due to the restricted living conditions
it is essential that the candidate is able to live and work closely with the
other researchers, is tolerant and respectful towards others and had a positive
attitude. Strong work ethic and the ability to endure extended periods of
office based work during periods of bad weather condition are essential. People
with previous experience living in remote places for extended periods of time
will be given priority. The person needs to be fluent in English and bring
their own laptop computer.

 

Please apply by sending your CV (3 pages maximum) and cover letter (1
page) with the names and contact details of at least three professional references
to f.christiansen at murdoch.edu.au

 

Best regards,

 

Dr Fredrik Christiansen

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Cetacean Research Unit, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

Murdoch University, Murdoch, WA 6150, Australia

+61 417 502 098, f.christiansen at murdoch.edu.au

 		 	   		  
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