<div dir="ltr"><div><br></div><div><span><div><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><font color="#000000"><span lang="EN-GB"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:8.5pt">A PhD position is available to join a project investigating the environmental factors limiting the ranges of </span><span style="font-size:11px">cetaceans</span><span style="font-size:8.5pt"> around</span></font></span><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:11px"> the Western Cape, South Africa, with implications for climate change. The area lies at the border between two biogeographic zones with the range limits of 5 species of dolphin occurring within the study area (Indo-Pacific bottlenose  Indian Ocean humpback, dusky, Heaviside's and common dolphins). In addition, southern right, Bryde's and humpback whales occur regularly. The project will be using a range of data sources including citizen science, historic archives, small boat surveys for photo ID, and Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM). </span></font></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><font color="#000000"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:11px"><br></span></font></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><font color="#000000"><font face="Arial"><span style="font-size:11px">The PhD p</span></font></font><font color="#000000" face="Arial"><span style="font-size:8.5pt">roject on offer will use the PAM data and involve comparing and analysing data collected with different acoustic recorders (C-PODs and Sound Traps). </span><span style="font-size:11px">The</span><span style="font-size:8.5pt"> project will focus on using modelling </span><span style="font-size:11px">techniques</span><span style="font-size:8.5pt"> to investigate long-term trends in cetacean presence and interaction with </span><span style="font-size:11px">environmental</span><span style="font-size:8.5pt"> and biological covariates. </span></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:8.5pt;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-bottom:0.0001pt"><span style="font-size:8.5pt;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial">Beyond this core question, there is considerable scope to taylor aspects of the PhD to your interests (</span><span style="color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial;font-size:11px">or be involved through co-supervision of lower-level students) </span><span style="font-size:8.5pt;color:rgb(0,0,0);font-family:Arial">with questions focussing on</span><font color="#000000" face="Arial"><span style="font-size:11px"> call types and rates for some poorly described focal species, detection distances, sound scape modelling, human interaction etc.  </span></font></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size:13px;margin-bottom:0.0001pt;color:rgb(34,34,34)"><br></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size:13px;margin-bottom:0.0001pt;color:rgb(34,34,34)"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial">Students will be registered through the </span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial">University</span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial"> of </span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial">Pretoria</span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial"> but based predominantly in </span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial">Cape Town</span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial"> with the Sea Search Africa research group (</span><span lang="EN-GB"><a href="http://www.seasearch.co.za/" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial">www.seasearch.co.za</span></a></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial">).   </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size:13px;margin-bottom:0.0001pt;color:rgb(34,34,34)"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial"> </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size:13px;margin-bottom:0.0001pt;color:rgb(34,34,34)"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial">We are looking for self motivated and independent students who show initiative and demonstrate project leadership skills.<br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size:13px;margin-bottom:0.0001pt;color:rgb(34,34,34)"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial"><br></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size:13px;margin-bottom:0.0001pt;color:rgb(34,34,34)"><span lang="EN-GB" style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial">Essential skills include: </span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size:13px;margin-bottom:0.0001pt;color:rgb(34,34,34)"><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:8.5pt">- Strong analytical background, and experience with acoustic data.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-size:13px;margin-bottom:0.0001pt;color:rgb(34,34,34)"><span style="font-family:Arial;font-size:8.5pt">- Familiarity with Matlab and or R  and PamGuard, </span></p><p class="MsoNor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