[MARMAM] Marine Life Studies internships (Josh McInnes)

jmcinnes at uvic.ca jmcinnes at uvic.ca
Fri Apr 20 13:42:06 PDT 2018

Hi Marmam. I would like to post the following internship information.

Marine Life Studies Marine Mammal Research Internship: Monterey Bay,

Background: Marine Life Studies (MLS) is a non-profit organization
focussed on the research, education, and conservation of marine mammals
that inhabit the waters of the Pacific Northwest.
Our main study area is Monterey Bay, located along the Central California
Coast. Monterey Bay is a dynamic temperate ecosystem fed by warm currents
from the south, and cold water from the California Current to the north.
The Monterey Canyon provides a unique ecosystem for many deep water
species as well. Over 36 species of cetacean use Monterey Bay, which makes
it one of the best places in the world to view cetaceans.

Research: For over ten years MLS researchers have been recording and
studying marine mammals in this area. Currently we are conducting a study
on the distribution, occurrence, population dynamics, foraging, and
overall ecology of the numerous toothed cetacean species that visit or use
the bay

The main species we are studying are: killer whales (Orcinus orca),
Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus), bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops
truncatus), Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens),
Common dolphin (Delphinus sp.), and northern right whale dolphins
(Lissodelphis borealis).

Our interns will aid our researchers in collection of data in the field
during dedicated marine mammal surveys, and the compiling and analysing
the data in our office. Interns will have the ability to work and learn in
a dynamic environment with MLS marine mammal scientists.

Where: Monterey Bay, California USA
When: Starting July and August 2018. Note one month is the minimum
allotted time for the position.

Fieldwork: All field work is conducted aboard our MLS research vessel.
Interns must be able to be physically fit and able to spend long hours at
sea. The bay opens into the Pacific Ocean and weather conditions can vary
from calm sunny days to rough seas. Sea sickness is also a common issue
for many that have not spent time in offshore waters.
Surveys last anywhere from 4-12 hours.

Data Analysis: After trips data is compiled daily. Foul weather days are
spent in office working on data.
Interns will work with Microsoft Excel, R Statistical programming, Arc
GIS, and photo-identification software.

•	Currently in a university or college program related to biology,
ecology, geography, environmental science, or ocean sciences.
•	Strong English skills and writing.
•	Able to work long days
•	Familiar with Microsoft Excel
•	Knowledge of marine mammals and a background in photo-identification
•	Work well with others and be part of a team

** This is a non-paid internship and housing is not provided. A minimum of
one month is required.

To apply: please email CV and cover letter to MLS research coordinator
Josh McInnes, jmcinnes at uvic.ca

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