Davide Ascheri davide.ascheri at gmail.com
Sun Jun 6 03:45:55 PDT 2021


*Cetaceans and Marine Fauna research project*

*Delfini del Ponente is currently looking for and accepting interns to join
our research project on bottlenose dolphins and other marine fauna in the
Western Ligurian Sea, Imperia (Italy) from September to November**.*

*The project*

The dolphin research project “Delfini del Ponente”, started in 2018, is the
first project focused on monitoring bottlenose dolphins (*Tursiops
truncatus*) occurrence and distribution in the Western Ligurian Sea. 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 study is already providing very interesting information about
this community inside the study area, especially about its social
organization, abundance of individuals, distribution, and movements also
outside the region. Moreover, our dataset includes data on several
cetaceans species and also about 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.

Surveys are carried out in coastal waters onboard a dedicated zodiac (6 m
inflatable boat) around 10 times per month. Training will focus on
collecting photos for photo-ID purposes, environmental, marine traffic,
geographical (GPS), and dolphins' behavioural data. Land-based surveys take
place in Imperia, in 2 different locations with the aim of collecting data
on the presence/absence of dolphins, fishing boats in activity and marine
birds. Fieldwork is a great opportunity to get involved and improve skills
on cetaceans’ and marine biodiversity’s research. Both land-based and
zodiac surveys are weather-dependent, and their number can change each

Office work (6 hours per day) includes training and lessons to the interns
and supervision of all the activities (photo-id work, transcription of
data, data entry, QGIS work, etc...)

*Where:* Imperia, Italy

*When:* 1 September-31 November 2021 (minimum 30 days)

Number of interns for month: 2 /3


•      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

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

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.


·         Minimum age of 18

·         Prior experience in cetaceans or boat-based surveys is not

·         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 prepared to spend many hours on a small zodiac (5-6 m) and
under the sun, be able to swim and work in harsh weather conditions both in
nearshore and offshore waters

·         Be prepared to spend many hours in the office (generally 6

·         Be sociable and with a positive attitude as he/she is 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, insurance). Transportation expenses to and from Imperia
(Italy) and food costs during the stay are not included in the fee.

*How to apply: *

For applyingand for any information and details, please send an email to
delfinidelponente at gmail.com

Davide Ascheri and Elena Fontanesi

*Delfini Del Ponente APS*

Via Regione Bussi, 18100 Imperia (Italy)


Dott. Davide Ascheri
tel. 3389287180


Via Regione Bussi 27, 1800 Imperia

*C.F. *91048910086*  E-mail: *delfinidelponente at gmail.com
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