[MARMAM] JOB ADVERT: Project Manager, Inshore Cetaceans of the Falkland Islands Research

Grant Munro munro at horizon.co.fk
Tue May 3 06:31:34 PDT 2016

Project Manager  

Dolphins of the kelp: Data priorities for Falklands inshore cetaceans 

SAERI, Stanley, Falkland Islands


The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) is seeking to
recruitment a Project Manager for a 2-year funded research programme on the
inshore cetaceans of the Falkland Islands, South Atlantic. This is an
exciting opportunity to initiate the first large programme of cetacean
research in the Falklands, collect the first in-depth data and by project
end to potentially identify, guide and influence future research priorities
in the region.


Twenty-five species of cetacean have been recorded within the Falkland
Islands and there is a seasonal inshore occurrence of sei whale, however the
project will primarily focus on Commerson's dolphins and Peale's dolphins.
The Falklands near-shore waters host a unique community of Commerson's and
Peale's dolphins that exhibit a sympatric co-occurrence and apparent
year-round reliance on coastal kelp forests. Despite both species being
recognised as of conservation concern relatively little is known about their
populations or biology and hence vulnerability to anthropogenic threats.
This lack of data on which to base management decisions has been recognised
as a major threat to effective conservation and restricts inclusion into
on-going national spatial planning initiatives. 


The aim of the project is to establish baseline data on the abundance,
distribution, natural history and genetic diversity of the Falklands inshore
cetacean populations to provide a scientific basis for conservation and
ecosystem-based marine management initiatives.


This position will co-ordinate the Darwin-Plus funded 'Dolphins of the kelp:
Data priorities for Falklands inshore cetaceans'. A project which is being
delivered by SAERI in collaboration with 5 partner organisations: Falklands
Conservation, Austral Biodiversity Ltd, Shallow Marine Surveys Group (SMSG),
Oregon State University and University of St. Andrews. The role will be
based in Stanley, Falkland Islands.


For more information, a detailed job description and application form,
please contact the Human Resources department, Cable Cottage, Stanley by
emailing recruitment at falklands.gov.fk  


For job specific details contact 

Dr Paul Brickle ( pbrickle at env.institute.ac.fk ) or 

Tara Pelembe ( tpelembe at env.institute.ac.fk ) 


Application forms should be returned to the HR department (by emailing
recruitment at falklands.gov.fk ) no later than by noon 20th May 2016.


Best regards, Grant Munro (munro at horizon.co.fk)

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