[MARMAM] STILL SOME SPOTS AVAILABLE - first photo-ID course on Mediterranean Cetaceans in La Maddalena Archipelago National Park, Sardinia, Italy

SEAME Sardinia info at seame.it
Mon Apr 3 08:40:40 PDT 2017


STILL SOME SPOTS AVAILABLE FOR THE FIRST PHOTO-ID COURSE ON
MEDITERRANEAN CETACEANS IN LA MADDALENA ARCHIPELAGO NATIONAL PARK,
SARDINIA, ITALY. 

PHOTO-ID LAB/FIELD COURSE ON MEDITERRANEAN CETACEANS IN LA MADDALENA
NATIONAL PARK, ITALY 

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Dear MARMAMers, 

SEA ME Sardinia (http://www.seame.it/en/) is currently accepting
application for 1 week-long course from 28th May to the 3rd of June
2017, in the beautiful location of La Maddalena Archipelago National
Park, Sardinia, Italy
(http://www.parks.it/parco.nazionale.arcip.maddalena/Eindex.php) 

SEA ME Sardinia is a non-profit organization based in La Maddalena
(Italy) with a mission to protect cetaceans in the waters off Sardinia
(central Tyrrhenian Sea) through education, research and conservation.
We achieve our goals primarily through our core programmes, which
include year-round outreach/school activities and boat-based research. 

PROGRAMME 
The programme will include classwork, practical sessions and fieldwork,
offshore and along North-eastern Sardinian coast. 

Classwork will introduce you to the theoretical knowledge of diversity,
behaviour, ecology and conservation of small to large Mediterranean
cetaceans, and how they are adapted to different habitats. Lectures on
the diversity, ecology and conservation of Sardinian coastal ecosystems
will also be provided, in order to deepen the knowledge on different
cetacean habitat uses. 

The laboratory sessions will focus on how to competently identify and
record whales and dolphins at sea, provide training on photo-ID
techniques (photo sorting, grading and matching) related to the
different species and assist researchers in maintenance of long-term
photo-ID catalogues. Special focus will be given to the Cuvier's beaked
whale, a species rather common in the study area. A short training in
survey design will also be provided. 

Fieldwork will be made both in coastal (La Maddalena archipelago) and
pelagic waters (Caprera Canyon, central-western Tyrrhenian Sea). Surveys
will be conducted onboard whale watching and dedicated vessels (11m
power catamaran and 6m rubber boat) and divided in two offshore and two
coastal surveys in order to be trained in both different habitats and
species-related techniques. Fieldwork training will focus on collecting
environmental, location (GPS) and behavioural data for dolphin and whale
groups. Course schedules may change due to weather constraints. 

Fieldwork will be an opportunity to gain experience and improve your
skills in relation to visual cetacean boat-based survey and photo-ID
techniques. 

GOALS: 
Participants will be directly involved in contributing to our long-term
studies on several cetacean species in the wild. You will assist
researchers while working aboard whale watching and dedicated research
vessels. 

This is a great opportunity to get involved in cetacean research, enjoy
marine biodiversity while gaining fieldwork experience, travelling and
exploring the beautiful Island of Sardinia and the La Maddalena
Archipelago National Park, enjoying the outdoors of the beautiful
Emerald Coast (Sardinia Island, Italy) and helping supporting cetacean
research and conservation. 

During free time, interns will have the opportunity to experience all
sorts of activities: swimming, diving, hiking, exploring historical
sites, visit museums and the amazing islands such as Caprera (with
Garibaldi's house, tomb and memorial) or Budelli with its famous pink
beach. 

PROJECT BACKGROUNDS: http://www.seame.it/en/research/
      - The SEA ME _Coastal bottlenose dolphin project_ is an ongoing
research project in the waters of the La Maddalena archipelago National
Park and Bonifacio Strait, between the islands of Corsica and Sardinia,
with a strong interest in the interactions between bottlenose dolphins
and human activities in the area.

      - The _Caprera Canyon Cetacean Pro_ject is the first scientific
survey aimed at studying dolphin and whale presence, abundance,
distribution and habitat preferences in the Caprera Canyon. Since 2010
we have been investigating the species occurring in this area: striped
dolphin, Risso's dolphin, fin whale, Cuvier's beaked whale, sperm whale
and short-beaked common dolphin. This is an important region of the
central Tyrrhenian Sea, thought to be a hot spot for marine life (e.g.
cetaceans, marine birds, mobula rays, sea turtles, red fin tunas,
swordfish and basking sharks). Our interest is particularly focused on
Cuvier's beaked whale.

LANGUAGE: 
Course will be held in English/Italian. 

REQUIREMENTS: 
Prior experience is not required. 

Participants are expected to: 
      - Be 18 or older,
      - Speak English or Italian,
      - Be adaptable as fieldwork is weather dependent,
      - Be sociable and willing as they are expected to live and work in
an international team.

This internship experience will have a certificate of completion. 

Since SEA ME Sardinia is a non-profit and self-funded organization, we
rely on donation from our members, volunteers and participants.
Participation in this course thus requires a tuition fee. 

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE:
To apply or for any further enquiries and details, please email to:
info at seame.it
The applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Early application is recommended due to limited spaces. 
The application deadline is 10/04/2017

Dr Luca Bittau
Course Coordinator, PhD in Environmental Biology
SEA ME Sardinia
www.seame.it [1]
Via delle Ginestre Nº6 07024 La Maddalena (OT) Italy
mail: info at seame.it
Skype: luca.bittau 

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Mobile: +39 349 4712348
e-mail: info at seame.it
web: www.seame.it [2] 
SEA ME Sardinia Onlus - Scientific Education & Activities in the Marine
Environment [C.F. 91052810909 - legal head office: Via delle Ginestre 6
(Vil. Piras), 07024 La Maddalena (OT), italy] 

Links:
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[1] http://www.seame.it/
[2] http://www.seame.it
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