[MARMAM] INTERNSHIP 2020-LAST CALL

Davide Ascheri davide.ascheri at gmail.com
Tue Jan 7 00:29:05 PST 2020


*DELFINI DEL PONENTE RESEARCH PROJECT, IMPERIA, ITALY*

*Cetacean and Marine Fauna research *



*Delfini del Ponente is currently looking for and accepting interns to join
our pilot project on bottlenose dolphins in the Western Ligurian Sea,
Imperia (Italy) from March to June**.* (DEADLINE 15th January)-LAST CALL


*The project*

The dolphin research project “Delfini del Ponente” is the first project
focused on monitoring bottlenose dolphins in the Western Ligurian Sea. Due
to the morphology of the seafloor, this area is not a usual habitat for
this species and historically, sightings have a been rarer and more
sporadic than in the Levantine side of the region. The continental shelf
is, in fact, very short and high depths (around 2000 m) are reached quite
close to the shore making the area suitable for other cetacean species but
not for bottlenose dolphins, which tend to remain in waters with a depth
not exceeding 200 m.

Despite this knowledge of the range of the species, an interesting change
has been noted in recent years in the area, where sightings of bottlenose
dolphins have almost tripled. For this reason, Costa Balenae started in
2018 the project Delfini del Ponente to monitor bottlenose dolphins in the
region to understand the extent of this change and what drove it. The
project is structured on an annual basis, to obtain data not only on the
distribution during the Summer, but also changes during the different
seasons. The project is already providing very interesting information
about bottlenose dolphins and their distribution in the study area, and
also about the seasonal presence of other marine fauna such as
Mediterranean shearwaters (*Puffinus yelkouan)*, Scopoli’s shearwaters
(*Calonectris
diomedea*), Northern gannets (*Morus bassanus*), Sandwich terns ( *Thalasseus
sandvicensis*), sunfish (*Mola mola*) among others.



*WHERE:* Imperia, Italy



*WHEN:* 1 March-30 -October 2020;

Minimum required: 30 days

Number of interns for month: 2 /3

Activities:

•        boat-based surveys monitoring the presence and distribution of
bottlenose dolphins

•        data collection of other cetaceans, fishes, seabirds, turtles

•        classwork, database updating

•        photo-id matching and analysis

•        land-based surveys /opportunistic surveys

•        lessons and training about cetacean ecology, biology and research
techniques

PIERCE

This is a great opportunity to get involved in cetacean research, encounter
marine biodiversity while gaining fieldwork experience, travel and explore
the beautiful Liguria region and support cetacean research and conservation
.

Surveys will be made in coastal waters onboard a dedicated zodiac (6 m
inflatable boat) around 10 times per month.  Training will focus on
collecting photo for photo-ID purposes, environmental, marine traffic,
geographical (GPS) and dolphins' behavioural data. Land-based surveys will
be done In Imperia, in 2 different points around 10-12 times/month
collecting data on the presence/absence of dolphins, fishing boats and
marine birds. Surveys are weather dependent, and their number can change
each month.

Office work (6 hours per day) includes training, lessons, photo-id work,
transcription of data, data entry, QGIS work etc.

Interns will be involved 5 days a week, 6-8 hours/day (depending on
fieldwork or lab work)
During free time, interns will have the opportunity to experience all sorts
of activities: swimming, diving, hiking, exploring historical sites, visit
museums, sailing.

*Skills/qualification: *

·         Minimum age of 18

·         Prior experience in cetaceans or boat-based surveys is not
required, but preferred

·         Degree or on-going studies in biology, natural science,
veterinary or similar (preferred)

·         Strong motivation and interest in cetaceans and research

·         Speak, read and write in fluent English

·         Be adaptable as fieldwork is weather dependent

·         Be willing to spend many hours on a small zodiac (5-6 m) and
under the sun

·         Be sociable as they are expected to live and work in an
international team



*Internship fee *

Delfini del Ponente is a self-funded research project, so participation in
this programme requires a tuition fee. Fee includes the accommodation in an
apartment in Imperia, tuition and all associated field costs during the
internship period (use of research vessel, training, use of equipment,
field trips). Transportation expenses to and from Imperia (Italy), own
insurances, and food costs during the stay are not included in the fee.


*How to apply:  *

Send your CV with a letter of interest to delfinidelponente at gmail.com  before
15th of January

For any further enquiries and details, please send an email to
delfinidelponente at gmail.com

Davide Ascheri and Elena Fontanesi
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