[MARMAM] PhD student required for a project on dolphin acoustics and behaviour in Australia

Michael Noad mnoad at uq.edu.au
Tue Jan 3 15:19:58 PST 2017

A PhD project on dolphin acoustic communication is available at the Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Lab (CEAL) www.uq.edu.au/whale<http://www.uq.edu.au/whale> .
A fully funded PhD project on bottlenose dolphin acoustic communication is currently available.  The project will involve surveying bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus) in Moreton Bay, adjacent to Brisbane. Photo ID will be used to develop a social network analysis of the dolphin groups and an array of hydrophones will be used to attempt to allocate whistles to individual animals while recording other behaviours.  The study will extend our understanding of the use of signature whistles in different behavioural and social situations as well as the role of variant whistles.
A student is required to start on this project as soon as possible. For this reason, an Australian or New Zealand student would be preferred but applications from international students will be considered. Australian and New Zealand students should have a first class honours degree in biology with a solid understand of behavioural ecology, and should be eligible for an Australian Postgraduate Award. International students should have a first class honours degree or masters degree and, to be competitive for an international scholarship, at least one peer-reviewed publication. Knowledge or experience in marine mammal biology, bioacoustics and/or social network analysis would be desirable as would prior experience in conducting marine field work and small boat handling.
Interested students should contact Assoc. Prof. Michael Noad at mnoad at uq.edu.au<mailto:mnoad at uq.edu.au> and Dr Rebecca Dunlop r.dunlop at uq.edu.au<mailto:r.dunlop at uq.edu.au> with an expression of interest and CV by the end of January 2017.

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