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

SEAME Sardinia info at seame.it
Sat Jul 1 04:59:26 PDT 2017


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 a one week- course (September 15th - September
22nd, 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.
The main goals include year-round outreach/school activities and
boat-based research. 

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

 Classwork will introduce all participants to the diversity, behaviour,
ecology and conservation of Mediterranean cetaceans. Lectures on
Sardinian coastal and offshore ecosystems will also be provided, in
order to deepen the knowledge on different cetacean habitats. 

 Lab sessions will be propaedeutic to the fieldwork, and they will focus
on how to correctly identify whales and dolphins recorded at sea.
Training on photo-ID technique (sorting, grading, and matching) adjusted
to the different species will be provided. This will help assisting
researchers in maintaining long-term photo-ID catalogues. Special
attention will be given to the Cuvier's beaked whale, a rather common
species in the study area. A short training in survey design will also
be provided, as well as on the main issues of collecting data from
opportunistic platforms (e.g. whale watching boats). 

 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 (11 m
power catamaran and 6 m inflatable 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 photo-ID, environmental, geographical (GPS) and behavioural
data of each encountered whale and dolphin group. Fieldwork will help
participants to gain first-hand experience in collecting data on
free-ranging cetaceans and improve your skills on cetacean boat-based
survey and in the use of the photo-ID technique. Fieldwork and course
schedules are weather dependent and they can change during the course. 

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

 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:         
 - The SEA ME Coastal bottlenose dolphin project is an ongoing research
project on _Tursiops truncatus_ inhabiting the waters of La Maddalena
archipelago National Park and Bonifacio Strait, between the islands of
Corsica and Sardinia, which has got a strong interest in the
interactions between bottlenose dolphins and human activities.        

 - The Caprera Canyon Cetacean Project is the first scientific survey
aimed at studying whale and dolphin occurrence, abundance, distribution
and habitat preferences in the Caprera Canyon. Since 2010, SEA ME
Sardinia, in collaboration with University of Sassari, is investigating
the species occurring in this area: striped dolphin, Risso's dolphin,
fin whale, Cuvier's beaked whale (the main target species of this
project), sperm whale and short-beaked common dolphin. This is an
important region of the central Tyrrhenian Sea, thought a hot spot for
marine life (e.g. cetaceans, marine birds, mobula rays, sea turtles, red
fin tunas, swordfish and basking sharks). 

 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 course will have a certificate of completion. 

 Since SEA ME Sardinia is a non-profit and self-funded organization,
which relies on donation from members, volunteers and participants.
However, in this course participation requires a tuition fee. 

 APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE:
 To apply or for any further enquiries and details, please send an email
to: info at seame.it 

 All applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Early application is recommended due to limited spaces. 

 The application deadline is August 1st, 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

Luca Bittau Ph.D 
 President SEA ME Sardinia Onlus 
Mobile: +39 349 4712348 
 e-mail: lucabittau at seame.it  
Web: www.seame.it 
Skype: luca.bittau 

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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
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