[MARMAM] Final call - marine mammal research techniquese course, Cape Town South Africa Nov 2019

Simon Elwen simon.elwen at gmail.com
Thu Sep 26 22:19:44 PDT 2019


Dear Colleagues

A final announcement as we have a few spaces have become available.

Sea Search Research and Conservation are running a 4 week course on marine
mammal research techniques - see below and attached flyer. We would
greatly appreciate if you could please pass this information around your
departments and to potentially interested students,  and colleagues. Please
note it is possible to take only certain components of the course set at
weekly intervals. Priced Pro rata.

Kind regards,
Dr Simon Elwen and Dr Tess Gridley

Information below and attached and contact info at seasearch.co.za  for more
details:

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*Where *- Cape Town,South Africa
*When *- 04 to 29 November 2019 (or sign up for specific weeks)
*Target audience* - students and early career researchers engaging or
interested in research on marine mammals and other large marine vertebrates.
Price  GBP 1100 for full course.  Individual weeks: pro rata.  50% Discount
for SADC Residents

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Course Summary. This academically intensive course is targeted at students,
postgraduates and researchers with a strong interest in a career in marine
mammal and marine top-predator research

Based on decades on cumulative team experience this course will provide you
with a sound knowledge of survey design, research tools, data collection
and analytical methods to enable you to effectively set up and conduct a
research study on whales and dolphins and efficiently analyse your data.

Course leaders: Dr Simon Elwen & Dr Tess Gridley.
Date: 04 to 29 Nov.  Flyer and more details available here:
http://seasearch.co.za/training/

Course Content
Week 1.  Survey & Experimental Design  (one week)

Focusing the goal / Abundance estimation (mark-recapture and line
transect including acoustic / Impact  & rapid assessment studies /   Platforms
of Opportunity / Citizen Science

Week 2 - Photographic  & Video Methods

Camera function and use / Data collection goals  /  Mark-recapture   analysis
& considerations  (image quality, mark type, distinctiveness, databases,
input  etc) / Photogrammetry / Automated  methods

Week 3 - Acoustic research methods

Introduction to Bioacoustics / Physics of Sound / Equipment—types  and
limitations / Study design / Software and sound analysis / Automated methods


Week 4 - Mixed methods overview


*- Shore based tracking - Behavioural data collection - Intro to GIS /
Telemetry / Strandings / Boat skills*

Modules consist of a combination of lectures, discussion, computer based
and field-based practical exercises.

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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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