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

SEAME Sardinia info at seame.it
Fri Jul 21 15:51:14 PDT 2017


 Dear MARMAMers,
 SEA ME Sardinia (http://www.seame.it/en/) SEA ME Sardinia
(http://www.seame.it/en/) is currently accepting the last applications
for a one week- course (September 15th - September 22nd, 2017), in the
beautiful location of La Maddalena Archipelago National Park, Sardinia,

 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.

 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. 

 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

 - 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 submarine Canyon of Caprera. 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 (which is 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). 

 Course will be held in English/Italian. 

 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, we
rely on donation from our members, volunteers and participants. Thus,
Participation in this course requires a tuition fee. 

 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. 

 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

Mobile: +39 3494712348 
E-mail: info at seame.it 
Web: www.seame.it 


SEA ME Sardinia Onlus - Scientific Education & Activities in the Marine
[C.F. 91052810909 - Legal Head Office: Via delle Ginestre 6 (Vil.
Piras), 07024 La Maddalena (OT), Italy]

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