[MARMAM] MRes Opportunities at the University of Portsmouth (UK)

Sarah Marley sarah.marley at port.ac.uk
Fri Oct 25 08:22:18 PDT 2019

Dear MARMAM Community,

I am inviting applications for two MRes projects at the University of
Portsmouth, UK, to start in January 2020.

*Project 1: Investigating changing harbour porpoise distributions around
the UK*

An understanding of the current distribution and drivers of mobile marine
megafauna is integral to appropriate conservation management. Harbour
porpoise are conserved under Article IV of the Habitats Directive, but are
at risk of bycatch in fisheries gear. Large-scale surveys have revealed a
shift in distribution, with porpoises appearing to move into the English
Channel. In collaboration with the whale and dolphin charity ORCA, this
project will use long-term citizen science time series to further
investigate the shift in distribution and the environmental drivers, and
whether this may lead to greater overlap with anthropogenic threats. This
project will be primarily computer-based and will suit a student with
strong quantitative skills (i.e. previous experience in R and GIS).

*Project 2: Haul-out patterns and anthropogenic disturbance of the Solent

The number of harbour seals and grey seals utilising the Solent is
increasing. Monthly counts by local monitoring schemes have identified two
main haul-out sites, which are vital for seals to rest, moult and breed. In
collaboration with the Chichester Harbour Conservancy and Langstone Harbour
Board, this project will use a combination of existing datasets and field
observations to investigate the environmental and anthropogenic variables
influencing haul-out behaviour in seals. This project will have a strong
fieldwork component and will suit a student with their own transportation
who is willing to spend long hours outdoors, as well as being confident
with data handling and analysis.


-       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 marine mammal field experience

-       Proficiency in R and GIS software

-       Strong background in statistical techniques

*Application Deadline:* 6pm (UK time) Friday 15th November 2019

*Application Process: *Interested candidates are encouraged to contact the
main supervisor Dr Sarah Marley (sarah.marley at port.ac.uk) to discuss their
suitability. Candidates will be asked to submit a formal application to the
University of Portsmouth and write a short research proposal. Applicants
will then be short-listed for interview.

*More Info: *Further information regarding entry requirements and course
costs are available at https://www.port.ac.uk/study/courses/mres-science.

All the best,


*Dr Sarah Marley *
Lecturer in Marine Biology,
Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Portsmouth

*Email:* sarah.marley at port.ac.uk *| Phone: *+44 (0)23 9284 5012  *| **Web:*

*Recent Papers:*
Effects of ship noise on marine mammals
Behavioural and acoustical responses of dolphins to vessel traffic and
underwater noise <https://goo.gl/GXmcin>
Spatial and temporal variation in dolphin acoustic habitats
Diversity and variation in fish choruses in Darwin Harbour
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