[MARMAM] Killer whale focused Research Internship - South Africa - April & May 2020 (last place remaining)

Simon Elwen simon.elwen at gmail.com
Sun Dec 29 08:45:13 PST 2019

 Sea Search Research and Conservation (www.seasearch.co.za and
www.facebook.com/seasearch is a Cape Town based NPO which conducts a wide
range of research and education activities in southern Africa with most
researchers/students associated with the University of Stellenbosch.

In April and May 2020, we are conducting 2 months of field work in and
around Cape Town, South Africa focused on southern Africa's elusive killer
whales (including the famous white-shark-eating specialists "Port" and
"Starboard"). This work forms part of a larger collaborative effort to
study killer whales of the southern African subregion in collaboration with
colleagues from the University of Pretoria (SA) and Durham University
amongst others.  There is one more space for a student to join us as a
research intern on this project.

Interns will be involved in all aspects of data collection, helping the Sea
Search team and our collaborators to track down these fast moving top
predators through a combination of boat surveys, shore based monitoring and
responding to sighting reports. Encounters with killer whales will be very
rare - but research efforts will also focus on a number of other cetacean
and prey species around at that time including common, bottlenose and
humpback dolphins, Bryde's and humpback whales.

Research focuses on collecting skin samples for use in global genetic and
trophic ecology
studies, attachment of satellite transmitters to study movements and
photo-identification data to study the population size and individual
movements. We will also be collecting acoustic recordings of animals and
deploying moored hydrophones for long-term monitoring.

Internships are research focused with an emphasis on learning (and using) field
skills in cetacean research such as photo-identification, bioacoustics,
biopsy, capture-recapture and behavioural data collection, as well as data
management and team work.

There is a fee associated with the internship to help cover accommodation,
training and project costs. If you are interested in this placement please
send a copy of your CV and a brief motivation to info at seasearch.co.za.

More information about our work and this internship can be found here:
www.seasearch.co.za/training <http://www.seasearch.co.za/>

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions
regarding this training opportunity.
Dr Simon Elwen

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Simon Elwen Ph.D. - Director Sea Search Research & Conservation and the
Namibian Dolphin Project
Research Associate: Department of Zoology and Botany - Stellenbosch
University  & Mammal Research Institute, University of Pretoria
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