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

Michael Noad mnoad at uq.edu.au
Tue Jan 9 20:50:39 PST 2018

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 mid-2018. The applicant MUST have either a first class honours degree or masters degree. Although the fieldwork is fully funded, applicants would still be required to apply for and successfully obtain a scholarship and stipend. Australian applicants should therefore be eligible for an Australian Postgraduate Award. International students will need to apply for a scholarship from the University of Queensland. To be competitive for a UQ scholarship, international applicants MUST have at least one peer-reviewed publication as lead author.
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 email both Assoc. Prof. Michael Noad at mnoad at uq.edu.au<mailto:mnoad at uq.edu.au> and Dr Rebecca Dunlop at r.dunlop at uq.edu.au<mailto:r.dunlop at uq.edu.au> with an expression of interest and CV by 20 January 2018.

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