[MARMAM] BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN - ATLANTIC SPOTTED DOLPHIN, INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS PROGRAM 2019 (VENEZUELA)

Sergio Cobarrubia sergio.cobarrubia at gmail.com
Fri May 31 02:32:08 PDT 2019


BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN - ATLANTIC SPOTTED DOLPHIN PROJECT RESEARCH IN
VENEZUELA.
INTERNS AND VOLUNTEER PROGRAM 2019.
Laboratory of Ecosystems and Global Change (LEGC-IVIC) and Provita.

BACKGROUND:
The Laboratory of Ecosystems and Global Change (LEGC) of the
Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research (IVIC, www.ivic.gob.ve) invites
the first season of internships-volunteering (2019) in the study of coastal
dolphins. LEGC is a scientific team that among its research lines on the
fauna of coastal and riparian ecosystems, it has established the first one
on aquatic mammals in Venezuela. On the other hand, Provita is an important
NGO that contributes to the research and conservation in Venezuela.

This research will begin with a project focused on sociobiology
(social structure, social networks and bioacoustics) of resident groups of
the coastal bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and the Atlantic
spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis) in the central coast of Venezuela.
This, after an experience of 5 years in that locality studying ecological
aspects of T. truncatus *(https://doi.org/10.1007/s13364-018-0401-1). The
coast of Aragua not only houses these species, but also the Bryde's whale
(*Balaenoptera edeni*), the common dolphin (Delphinus sp.) and the spinner
dolphin (Stenella
longirostris). Of which basic information is collected too.

LEGC interns and volunteers are young, hard-working who are willing
to contribute to research by learning as they experience fieldwork in
teams, field techniques for collecting and processing data and
methodologies. All team members and interns share academic space, housing
in the Institute, housework in the study area, knowledge and experience in
a friendly and multicultural environment.

The internship consists of three weeks: The first week
of theoretical-practical preparation (24 theoretical hours and 16
practicals hours) at the IVIC Ecology Center (
www.ivic.gob.ve/es/investigacion-3/centros-31/ecologia-316). The second
week of seven field surveys for data collection (42 h) on the Cata Bay
(Aragua state) and the third week for data storage and analysis at the IVIC
Ecology Center (40 h). The volunteering consist of the second and third
weeks.

WHERE:
Theory: LEGC, Center of Ecology (IVIC) Miranda State, Caracas (10 23 N -
66 58 W).

Practice: Cata Bay, western coast of the (rain forest) National Park
Henry Pittier, Aragua state (central coast of Venezuela) 150 km from
Caracas (DC) (10 29 N - 67 44 W).

PROGRAM: Interns (Three weeks) ? Volunteers (Two weeks).

1st WEEK (LEGC-Ecology Center, 40 hours. For Interns).
- Monday: What is a cetacean? The cetaceans and the human in
history. Origin, evolution and diversity. Adaptations for aquatic life:
Anatomy and Physiology. Life histories. Biogeography Distribution. Ecology
Behavior. Conservation.
- Tuesday: Identification of species reported for Venezuela.
Basic logistics for the study of cetaceans on the mainland, sea and air.
Basic equipment to collect information.
- Wednesday: How to detect cetaceans and record an effective
sighting? Basic data to collect during a sighting, calibration and use of
GPS. Configuration and use of the SLR cameras. Download of sightings (GIS).
Download pictures and selection (software).
- Thursday: Daily encounter ratio. Photo-identification as a tool
for ecological and behavioral studies. Estimates of abundance.
Local distribution and areas of action.
- Friday: Residential patterns. Behavior (deployments, states,
daily budget). Habitat use. Social structure and social networks.
Bioacoustics.
Saturday: Break.
Sunday: Transfer to the Cata Bay.

2nd WEEK (Cata Bay-Provita, 42 hours. For Interns and Volunteers). The
field surveys will be carried out in a fishing vessel of 9 m in length by 2
of beam. The field work will depend on the climatic conditions, however,
the Aragua coast offers few climatic inconveniences throughout
the year. There will be 5 morning of field surveys in the week, after each
survey is lunch, rest and then proceed to download the data of sightings
and then interpret them preliminarily and discuss them.

In the field surveys, it will be implemented:
- The identification and recognition of the elements of the marine
landscape and the method of tracking and detection of cetaceans.
- Ethical navigation mode to study cetaceans.
- The basic data collection / sighting.
- Use of GPS.
- Use of SRL camera.
- Counting of individuals and composition of a group.
- Identification of the behavioral states that configure group behavior and
its recording.
- Use of hydrophone.
In the afternoon the information of the sightings will be downloaded:
- Sighting forms.
- Latitude and longitude.
- Photographs and their selection.
- Voice recordings (behavior).
- Recordings of vocalizations.

3rd WEEK (LEGC-Ecology Center, 40 hours. For Interns and volunteers).

PRACTICAL FEES:
Accomodation, food and transport (airport-IVIC-Cata Bay-IVIC-airport) are
paid. The cost of internships and volunteers is US $ 690 for the
compensation of logistical expenses of the field surveys. For
more information, please contact:sergio.cobarrubia at gmail.com.

WHEN:
During the year there will be 6 internships-volunteering
sessions (February, April, June, August, October, November). For interns,
second, third and fourth week of the months scheduled. For volunteers,
third and fourth week of the scheduled months.

VACANTS:
4 people / internship or volunteerng.

Not included in the rate:
- Meals in restaurants
- Free time activities
- Personal insurance (all participants must have health and / or travel
insurance)
- Personal expenses.

INTEREST IS EXPECTED:
- Being over 18 years
- Iterns: Preference will be given to undergraduate students and
professional students (biology, marine biology, environmental, conservation
and plus).
- Volunteer: No preferences.
- Have a mature attitude towards the investigation of marine mammals and
environment
- Be autonomous and flexible
- To be able to live and work in an international team and mainly outdoors
in the sea
- Speak Spanish, English or Portuguese.

ACADEMIC CREDITS:
The LEGC will certify the work performed by intern or volunteer through a
diploma with the recognition of the hours (academic-practical) worked.

APPLICATION AND QUESTIONS:
Applicants must write to sergio.cobarrubia at gmail.com with the subject
"DOLPHINS PROJECT_Name".

You will be sent a confirmation email with all the details about the
study area and the species present, the practices and requesting your CV
resume, motivation letter (small statement about what your expectations are
and why you want to work with LEGC) and the internship month of your choice.

Applications will be accepted throughout the year, however,
early application is recommended due to limited vacancies.

-- 
*Sergio Enrique Cobarrubia Russo*
Laboratorio de Ecosistemas y Cambio Global
Centro de Ecología
Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas
Venezuela.
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