[MARMAM] PhD on Vessel Collisions with Large Whales

Sarah Marley sarah.marley86 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 14 08:37:31 PST 2019

Dear Marmam community,

The University of Portsmouth is currently seeking applications for a
fully-funded 3yr PhD on "Vessel Collisions with Large Whales: Behavioural
responses and areas of risk".

This project aims to quantify vessel collision risks for fin whales in the
Bay of Biscay. ORCA, a cetacean conservation charity, has been utilising
platforms-of-opportunity to collect cetacean sightings around the world
since 2001. On-board observers collect data relating to effort, ship
location/speed/heading, and whale sightings. The current project will both
utilise ORCA’s long-term dataset and conduct fieldwork to collect
additional data. Behavioural analyses will assess fine-scale behaviour of
whales during vessel encounters, whilst density surface models will be used
to identify high-risk areas. A full project description is available on

This is a competition-funded PhD project, and open to UK / European
students only. The bursary covers tuition fees and an annual maintenance
grant in line with the RCUK rate (£14,777 for 2018/19) for three years. The
successful applicant will commence in October 2019 under the supervision of
Dr Sarah Marley (University of Portsmouth), Professor Alex Ford (University
of Portsmouth), and Ms Lucy Babey (ORCA).


-       BSc (minimum second-class or equivalent) or a Masters degree in a
relevant subject

-       English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 (with
no component score below 6.0)

The following would also be advantageous:

-       Previous field experience, including vessel-based surveys,
behavioural observations, and marine mammal observation

-       Proficiency in R and GIS software

-       Strong background in statistical techniques

The deadline for applications is 17th February 2019. To apply, please refer
to the FindAPhD advert listed above. For more information, please contact
Dr Sarah Marley (sarah.marley at port.ac.uk).

All the best,


*Dr Sarah Marley  *
PhD Applied Physics  *|  *MRes Marine Mammal Science  *|  *BSc Zoology

Lecturer in Marine Vertebrate Zoology* |* University of Portsmouth
Blog Editor *|* Journal of Animal Ecology
Associate Editor *|* Austral Ecology

*Email: *sarah.marley86 at gmail.com *| Twitter: *@sarahmarley86
<https://twitter.com/sarahmarley86> *| **Web:* www.sarahmarley.com

*Recent Papers*
Behavioural and acoustical responses of dolphins to vessel traffic and
underwater noise (2017) <https://goo.gl/GXmcin>
Acoustic characteristics of urban vs pristine dolphin habitats (2017)
Spatial and temporal variation in dolphin acoustic habitats (2017)
Diversity and variation in fish choruses (2016) <https://goo.gl/32edkU>
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