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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">SECOND AND FINAL CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED FOR A BEHAVIOURAL RESPONSE STUDY ON HUMPBACK WHALES IN AUSTRALIA<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">The Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Lab at the University of Queensland is seeking expressions of interest from volunteers for a five-and-a-half
 week behavioural response study (BRS) on humpback whales from September 19 to October 26 this year. The study will examine how humpback whale behaviour is affected by noise from seismic air guns. It is the fourth and last in a series of experiments, known
 as the Behavioural Responses of Australian Humpback whales to Seismic Surveys (BRAHSS) project, that has been examining this issue since 2010 in collaboration with the University of Sydney, Curtin University, the Australian Marine Mammal Centre, the University
 of Newcastle and Blue Planet Marine.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">The 2014 study will once again be conducted at Peregian Beach on the Sunshine Coast, just north of Brisbane, and follows several successful
 studies of humpback whale vocalisations and behaviour at the same site during the Humpback whale Acoustic Research Collaboration (HARC) as well as the first two years of BRAHSS in 2010 and 2011 (</span><a href="http://www.brahss.org.au/"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">http://www.brahss.org.au/</span></a><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">
 ; </span><a href="http://www.uq.edu.au/whale"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">http://www.uq.edu.au/whale</span></a><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">).<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Volunteers are required mainly to conduct land-based observations of the whales as they pass our study site. Approximately 4,000 whales should
 migrate southwards within 10km of Peregian Beach during the field period making the site ideal for land-based tracking and observations of behaviour. We will also have a fixed hydrophone array moored offshore allowing us to record ambient noise and whale vocalisations
 and acoustically track singing whales in real time as well a second array of acoustic recorders deployed in the area for propagation modelling and recording the air gun signals. Some whales will be tagged with Dtags. Although volunteers will be used to help
 out on the boats, opportunities for volunteers to participate in boat work are limited and most time will be spent doing land-based observations. Volunteers will also have opportunities to participate in the acoustic recording and tracking of whales.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Individual volunteers will spend approximately five hours daily (in two shifts) counting and observing passing whales from the land. Volunteers
 will get at least one day off per week, usually during bad weather. Due to the complex nature of the study, volunteers will receive detailed training at the beginning of the project and therefore successful applicants must be available for the entire duration
 of the project. A high standard of safety will be maintained throughout the field work and volunteers will be trained in safety procedures.
<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Volunteers must be sociable as they will be expected to work and live as part of teams with shared cooking and cleaning duties. We expect that
 there will be up to 90 people (researchers, staff and volunteers) at the site. Volunteers must organise and pay for their own transport to the study site (close to Brisbane International Airport) but food and accommodation are provided once there. As meals
 are communal, fussy eaters are discouraged from applying! (vegetarians are fine).<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">This project will suit people with a background in science (including recent graduates and graduate students as well as higher level undergraduate
 students) keen to gain experience in cetacean survey techniques, acoustics and behavioural response studies. Applicants should also be highly motivated and able to concentrate for several hours at a time. Those with previous survey experience of marine mammals
 or other taxa will be preferred.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">This is a rare opportunity to be part of a leading interdisciplinary study of the effects of noise on whale behaviour.
<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">The research project is being funded by the Joint Industry Programme on E&P Sound and Marine Life (JIP) (</span><a href="http://www.soundandmarinelife.org"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">www.soundandmarinelife.org</span></a><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">)
 and the US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (</span><a href="http://www.boem.gov"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">www.boem.gov</span></a><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">)
 as part of a broad investigation into the potential interaction between the sounds that are generated by the offshore petroleum industry and the marine environment.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Applicants should reply with a single email to Michael Noad (</span><a href="mailto:mnoad@uq.edu.au"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">mnoad@uq.edu.au</span></a><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">),
 Rebecca Dunlop (</span><a href="mailto:r.dunlop@uq.edu.au"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">r.dunlop@uq.edu.au</span></a><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">)
 and Michael Williamson (</span><a href="mailto:m.williamson3@uq.edu.au"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">m.williamson3@uq.edu.au</span></a><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">)
 outlining why they would be suitable for this survey, why they would like to participate, an outline of previous relevant experience, and any other relevant details. The email should include an attached CV and the names and contact details of two professional
 referees. The closing date for volunteer applications is 31 May and successful field applicants will be notified in June.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><u><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">PhD possibility<o:p></o:p></span></u></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">CEAL is also seeking expressions of interest for an available PhD project.  This project will aim to determine the function of humpback whale
 social vocalisations (</span><a href="http://www.uq.edu.au/whale/acoustic-comms"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">http://www.uq.edu.au/whale/acoustic-comms</span></a><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">).
 To be considered, candidates must meet the following criteria:<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Successful applicant for BRAHSS field work<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Hold an honours degree (preferably first class) and/or masters degree in a relevant subject area (e.g. animal communication, acoustic
 communication, animal behaviour, underwater acoustics)<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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</span></span></span><![endif]><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">If not from Australia or New Zealand, be competitive for an international research scholarship, i.e. having at least one published
 paper in a relevant area<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:10.0pt;font-family:"Courier New";color:black;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Potential candidates will take part in, and be interviewed during, the BRAHSS field season. If you wish to be considered for the PhD as well
 as volunteering for the field season, please put “BRAHSS 2014 field volunteer - consider for PhD” in the subject line of your BRAHSS volunteer application.<o:p></o:p></span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Michael Noad   BVSc PhD<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Associate Professor<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Co-Leader, Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">School of Veterinary Science<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">The University of Queensland - Gatton Campus,
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">Qld 4343, Australia.
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">P. +61 (0)7 5460 1876  (UQ internal 50876)   F. +61 (0)7 5460 1922<o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">M. +61 (0)416270567    
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">W. <a href="http://www.uq.edu.au/vetschool/cetacean-ecology-acoustic-laboratory">
www.uq.edu.au/vetschool</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="color:#1F497D;mso-fareast-language:EN-AU">W. <a href="http://www.uq.edu.au/whale">
www.uq.edu.au/whale</a><o:p></o:p></span></p>
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