Tuesday, June 17, 2014

JOBS: Bohol Sea, Philippines out of Italy - Volunteer Field Helpers

Bohol Strait Community
Bohol Strait Community (Photo credit: Storm Crypt)
VOLUNTEERS FIELD HELPERS RECRUITMENT

Thanks to Chiara Bertulli for this post. ------------------------------------
PROJECT: Study on the occurrence of cetacean in the Bohol Sea and melon-headed whales social ecology WEB SITE: www.lamave.org POSITION: Volunteer (unpaid) field helper DURATION: 2 months, 1st July 2014 to end of August 2014 LOCATION: Messina Strait in the South of Italy Are you passionate about dolphins and whales? Would you like to know more about cetacean research? Are you thrilled about teaching marine conservation and sustainable use of marine resources? The NGO Physalus is looking for 2 to 3 volunteers to help in the data processing for our project on the social-structure of melon-headed whales. These positions will be based in the South of Italy where the Physalus office is located. Physalus Physalus is a non-profit organization founded in Italy, operating primarily for the protection of the environment through marine conservation initiatives. In 2010, Physalus started the Large Marine Vertebrates Project Philippines (LAMAVE) to conduct scientific research and raise environmental awareness in collaboration with government agencies, non-government organizations, universities and the private sector. Background of the project Melon headed whales is a tropical species that usually inhabits offshore waters, however in the Bohol Sea, Philippines, we are so lucky to have them near the cost and we have been studied the local population since 2010. This species is fairly unknown and appears to have a very interesting social structure, in between a fission-fusion and a matrilinear one. We are trying to unravel the characteristics of melon-headed social dynamics and we need your help. Duties Volunteers are expected to work mainly on photo-ID (training will be provided) and matching. However duties will also include: - beach cleaning events - run the “sustainable happy hour” at a local restaurant - cetacean monitoring of the Messina strait - house keeping activities Timeline Volunteers are expected to work 7 days a week, office hours are long but there will be occasions to enjoy the marvelous surroundings of the Messina Strait. Volunteers are needed for 2 months from the 1st of July to the end of August. Experience You will learn about cetacean biology and behaviour, research techniques and tropical dolphins species as well as Philippines’ culture. Costs Unfortunately we are not able to provide compensation for these positions but housing is provided in Reggio Calabria in a beautiful house on the beach and we will all share food expenses. Requirements These positions ideally suits advanced undergraduates or graduates of a scientifically oriented university program and preference will be given to those with previous experience in photo-ID or cetacean research. A typical applicant should have a strong interest in the scientific study of cetacean behavioral ecology. The applicant must take initiative, be willing to work intensively, be self-motivated and be able to work as part of a team. Preference will be given to persons that can commit for the entire period. To apply please send 1) a cover letter describing your interest in the position, 2) a CV or resume to Valeria Senigaglia (valeria.senigaglia@gmail.com). Reference letters are appreciated but not essential. There is no deadline to apply but due to the early commence of the work we warmly suggest perspective candidates to apply as soon as possible. Valeria Senigaglia Physalus, LAMAVE www.lamave.orgvaleria.senigaglia@gmail.com
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Saturday, May 31, 2014

COURSES: INTRODUCTION TO MARINE MAMMAL BIOLOGY: BIOSM 1650

SML Logo
SML Logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
https://www.apply.sml.cornell.edu/registerwho/rwho_login.php
*dates: Monday, June 30 - Monday, July 14, 2014*
*credit hours: 3 semester credits**
*cost of tuition for summer 2014:*
*CU/UNH students: $5,371** (INCLUDES room, board, tuition, 1 round-trip
fare between Portsmouth, NH and Shoals
<http://www.sml.cornell.edu/sml_gettingtosml.html>)
*non-CU/UNH: $6,400* (INCLUDES room, board, tuition, 1 round-trip fare
between Portsmouth, NH and Shoals
<http://www.sml.cornell.edu/sml_gettingtosml.html>)
/*UNH students, follow this link
<http://www.sml.cornell.edu/sml_finaidfaqunh.html> for BREAKING NEWS
about our summer 2014 tuition discount especially for current UNH students!/

*Prerequisites:* Completion of grade 12 and two high school science courses.

NOTE for Cornell students: This course fulfills a CALS graduation
requirement
<http://www.cals.cornell.edu/cals/current/registrar/current-students/cals-graduation/nonlifebiology.cfm>!

Introduction to the biology and conservation of the whales and seals,
with a particular focus on species of the Gulf of Maine. Lectures will
examine many facets of marine mammal science including: taxonomy and
species diversity, morphological and physiological adaptations for life
in the sea, foraging ecology and behavior, reproductive cycles,
bioacoustics, anthropogenic interactions, and management of threatened
species. Land and open-water observations of whale and seal behavior
will give students hands-on opportunities to study marine mammals in the
field. Laboratory work, including dissections, may also occur pending
the availability of samples.

*Faculty*
Dr. Nadine Lysiak <http://marinestudiesconsortium.org/who-we-are.php>,
Marine Studies Consortium (Nadine's Tumblr blog
<http://drlysiak.tumblr.com/>)

*Teaching Assistant*
Mary Fisher, Cornell University

*Check out these videos of the 2013 BioSM 1650 class in action!*
Cape Elizabeth whale tale to be about marine research
<http://www.pressherald.com/news/Dead-whale-draws-crowd-in-Cape-Elizabeth.html>
Dead whale becomes research project for marine students
<http://www.wmtw.com/news/maine/25foot-dead-whale-washes-ashore-in-cape-elizabeth/-/8792012/20811434/-/v2p16d/-/index.html>

*Stories and photos the 2013 BioSM 1650 class in action!*
Land Blubber: A Stinky Minke Gives Shoals Marine Laboratory Students
Unique Dissection <http://www.unh.edu/unhtoday/2013/07/minke-whale>
Shoals tells whale tale with beached minke
<http://news.cornell.edu/stories/2013/07/shoals-tells-whale-tale-beached-minke>

COURSES: Other courses from Shoals and Cornell.


Credit Courses for Undergraduate and Graduate Students (BioSM = Cornell number / MEFB = UNH number)
 

BIOSM 1500: Investigative Marine Biological Laboratory (equivalent to BioG 1500)
Cancelled for summer 2014 (we hope to offer during summer 2015)
BIOSM 1610/MEFB 674: Ecology and the Marine Environment (equivalent to BioEE 1610)
Monday, July 21 - Monday, August 4, 2014
BIOSM 1650: Introduction to Marine Mammal Biology
Monday, June 30 - Monday, July 14, 2014
BIOSM 1780: Evolution and Marine Diversity (equivalent to BioEE 1780)
Monday, June 30 - Thursday, July 17, 2014
BIOSM 3210/MEFB 754: Anatomy & Function of Marine Vertebrates
Monday, July 21 - Monday, August 4, 2014
BIOSM 3290/BIONB 3290/MEFB 714: Field Animal Behavior
Monday, June 23 - Monday, July 7, 2014
BIOSM 3650/MEFB 730: Underwater Research
Monday, July 28 - Monday, August 11, 2014
BIOSM 3730/MEFB 630: Biodiversity and Biology of Marine Invertebrates
Monday, May 26 - Monday, June 9, 2014
BIOSM 3740/MEFB 510: Field Ornithology
Friday, May 23 - Friday, June 6, 2014

Non-credit Programs for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Field Wildlife Forensics, go to: SIGN UP Now! link at the top of the page
 
(variable rates can be arranged for non-credit; contact Shoals!)

Research Opportunities for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Undergrads, go to: http://www.sml.cornell.edu/sml_students_internships.html
Grad students, go to: http://www.sml.cornell.edu/sml_research.html

Credit Courses for Pre-Freshmen and High School Students
CORNELL/UNH COURSE NUMBERS: COURSE NAME
BIOSM 1620: Marine Environmental Science (section 2)
Monday, June 23 - Monday, July 7, 2014
BIOSM 1620: Marine Environmental Science (section 1)
Monday, July 7 - Monday, July 21, 2014
MEFB (ZOOL) 410: Marine Immersion
(open to incoming UNH freshmen and incoming transfer students; contact Jessica Bolker)
Monday, August 11 - Monday, August 18, 2014

INTERNSHIPS: The Harbor Porpoise Project with Pacific Biodiversity Institute

Snowcapped peaks are a backdrop to many Puget ...
Snowcapped peaks are a backdrop to many Puget Sound scenes; here Mount Rainier is seen from Gig Harbor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Harbor Porpoise Project with Pacific Biodiversity Institute has an
opening for an intern for the summer, 2014. The intern position will be
full time starting in May or June with a minimum duration of 3 months.
The intern will have a 5 day work week with some flexibility in
determining his or her work schedule. Some weekend work may be necessary.

*Duties:* Interns will participate in field activities including land
and water based visual surveys and Photo ID of cetaceans. They will
learn how to take photographs for Photo ID work, handle acoustic
instruments and will gain experience with data reduction and analysis.

*Research: *This research is designed to provide an understanding of
temporal and spatial aspects of the distribution of harbor porpoises.
The internship offers an excellent opportunity for qualified and
motivated individuals to obtain field and laboratory training in visual
survey methodology, Photo ID and acoustic data collection and analysis

INTERNSHIPS: Fall 2014 Sarasota Dolphin Research Program Internships

Mote Marine Laboratory
Mote Marine Laboratory (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program (SDRP), a partnership led by the
Chicago Zoological Society and based at Mote Marine Laboratory in
Sarasota, Florida, conducts the world's longest-running study of a
dolphin population. The program's primary goal is to contribute to a
better understanding of the structure and dynamics of populations of
small cetaceans, as well as the natural and anthropogenic factors that
impact them. The SDRP uses an interdisciplinary and collaborative
approach in conducting studies of bottlenose dolphins within Sarasota
Bay, Tampa Bay, Charlotte Harbor, and the Gulf of Mexico coastal waters.
For more information about the SDRP, please visit:

JOBS: Elephant seals and killer whales - Field helpers - Falkland Islands