Saturday, August 01, 2015

JOBS: University of Miami CIMAS Senior Research Associate

University of Miami
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The University of Miami is home to some of the brightest minds in the world. At the U, we are committed to attracting and retaining a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. We are leaders in the area of education, scholarship, intercollegiate athletics and service. Come join our team!

The Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies (CIMAS) of the University of Miami invites applicants for a Research Associate position in Marine Biology and Fisheries.
We seek a Senior Research Associate to join our group and work as an acoustic analyst in the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center Protected Resources and Biodiversity Division. The incumbent’s primary focus will be using existing passive acoustic survey data to characterize ocean soundscapes throughout the South Atlantic Bight. The researcher will analyze ocean acoustic environments over time and space, and will characterize the spatio-temporal component of low-frequency natural and anthropogenic noise sources as a function of frequency.   The research will involve collaboration with scientists at the Bioacoustics Research Program at Cornell University and the Southeast Fisheries Science Center.

Candidates for this position should have (1) a Master€™s degree in Biology, Oceanography, or related field (2) demonstrated experience with quantitative analytical methods such as bioacoustical analysis, ambient noise analysis, population modeling, habitat modeling, or time-series analyses, (3) basic statistical and programming skills, (4) the ability and desire to work as part of a collaborative team, and (5) excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills, good organizational skills and the ability to plan daily duties. Applicants with experience in fish bioacoustics and/or ambient noise modeling are preferred. Applicants with higher education levels are welcome to apply.

The position will be located at the NOAA Southeast Fisheries Science Center Protected Resources and Biodiversity Division located in Miami, FL. Start date is flexible, but ideally around 24 August, 2015.

Apply online ( Position P100005694. Curriculum Vitae and the contact information for 3 people who can provide letters of recommendation are required.

COMMENTS: Public comment period: NOAA Draft Marine Mammal Acoustic Guidance

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is pleased to announce the availability of a revised version of the "Draft NOAA Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing: Acoustic Threshold Levels for Onset of Permanent and Temporary Threshold Shifts for a second 45-day public comment period that opens July 31, 2015. The changes to the updated version of this document are based on recent science and comments from the initial public comment period (December 2013-March 2014).

NOAA has developed draft guidance for assessing the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammal species under NOAA’s jurisdiction. The guidance, based on the best available science, provides updated received levels, or acoustic threshold levels, above which individual marine mammals are predicted to experience changes in their hearing sensitivity (either temporary or permanent) for all underwater anthropogenic sound sources. This guidance is intended to be used by NOAA analysts and managers, other federal agencies, and other relevant user groups and stakeholders who are seeking to determine if their activities are expected to result in particular types of impacts to marine mammals via acoustic exposure.

Electronic copies of the document can be found at:  and the Federal eRulemaking Portal  Comments may also be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal beginning July 31st (, search for NOAA-NMFS-2013-0177).

Thank you for your interest in the guidance document. For more information, please contact Amy Scholik-Schlomer ( or 301 427-8449).

Jonathan Shannon
Outreach Specialist
NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources
U.S. Department of Commerce
Office: 301-427-8431

JOBS: ObSERVE-Acoustic Project Manager Position (Galway, Ireland)

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English: Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT)  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Postgraduate Research Opportunity: Project Manager
Acoustic Surveys for Cetaceans in the Irish Atlantic Margin (ObSERVE-Acoustic)
Project Description: The Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC) at the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology carries out research across a broad spectrum of marine and freshwater habitats. Recently the MFRC was successful in winning a tender from the Department of Energy, Communications and Natural Resources (DCENR) to carry out passive and static acoustic surveys for cetaceans in the Irish Atlantic margin under the ObSERVE programme. The ObSERVE team at GMIT are currently recruiting a Project Manager. This is an exciting opportunity for someone to join a team within the MFRC and play a role in a new 3 year project collaborating with international partners. As well as the requisite technical skills, results from teamwork, demonstrable skills in project management should all be evident in the track record of the candidate.
Research Environment: The successful candidate will join a dynamic group of researchers at the Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC) at GMIT. The candidate will have access to state of the art equipment and facilities, and will benefit greatly from collaboration with international partners in the field of cetacean acoustics. This post is primarily an administrative post but if the candidate has past expertise in the field of marine acoustics or habitat modelling then they will have to chance to have input on these aspect of the project and even, if appropriate, register for a postgraduate degree. The candidate will be expected to live in Galway and will be provided with an office in the MFRC. They will report and work closely with the ObSERVE â€"Acoustic Principle Investigators: Drs Simon Berrow ( and Joanne O€™Brien ( ).
· An Honours degree (2.1 or higher) in a relevant degree (e.g. Biology/Ecology) Level 8 degree [as specified in the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)] or equivalent
· Three years relevant post-qualification experience
  • · A higher degree (MSc/PhD) in a cognate area
  • · Participated in offshore cetacean surveys (visual or acoustic)
  • · Experience in acoustic monitoring and marine policy relating to offshore environment
  • · Experience in habitat modelling and GIS
  • · Demonstrable expertise in project management to a high level
  •  · Track record of research achievement, i.e. peer reviewed publications, grant income, evidence of academic and industry collaboration
  • · Ability to enhance the existing research capacity of GMIT’s MFRC, and its relationship with collaborators
  • · Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • · Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in teams
DUTIES: The appointee will play a key role in the ObSERVE â€" Acoustic programme managing finances, ordering equipment, organising and participating in offshore surveys including organising personnel from international and national partners, management of datasets, archiving and transferring to partners. The PM will also be responsible for the organisation of meetings, attendance at conferences and contributing towards the delivery of the overall final report.
Salary is based on Research Assistant scale ranging from €20,555 in the first year, rising to €21,488 with increments
Starting date: September/October 2015 until March 2018.
Completed applications can be submitted to (Phone: 00353 91 742766/742767/742763) by Friday 14th of August, 17:00.
or returned to:
Human Resources Department
Galway-Mayo Institute of TechnologyDublin Road,Galway,IRELAND

Dr. Joanne O'Brien
Marine and Freshwater Research Centre (MFRC)
Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
Dublin Road

00353 (0)91 742277
00353 (0)86 8657633

POSTDOC: Postdoctoral opportunity- histopathological investigations of cetaceans

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An opportunity exists for an interested and enthusiastic postdoctoral candidate to conduct research on the histopathology and other health aspects of stranded and bycaught delphinds in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The work will be conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Stephanie Plön from the Coastal and Marine Research Institute at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, in collaboration with Dr. Greg Hofmeyr, Port Elizabeth Museum, Port Elizabeth, and Dr. Emily Lane, National Zoological Gardens, Pretoria, South Africa.
The successful candidate will need to be a trained pathologist with a minimum of three years work experience and an interest in research; prior experience in marine mammal pathology is a bonus. The ideal candidate should be a team player, with good written and verbal skills, a proven record of publications, and willingness to collaborate widely. He/ she will need to be able to work independently as well as communicate with a range of stakeholders with varying educational backgrounds.
Interested candidates should send their CV, names, contact telephone and e-mail addresses of three referees, and a cover letter expressing their motivation and interest in the position to Dr. Stephanie Plön ( no later than 5. August 2015.

Dr. Stephanie Plön
Coastal and Marine Research Institute
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU)
PO Box 77000
Port Elizabeth, 6031

Tel: 041-5042877
Cell: 076-3791067
Fax: 041-5832317

Friday, July 31, 2015

VOLUNTEERS: Namibian Dolphin Project Volunteer

Map of Walvis Bay (Namibia)
Map of Walvis Bay (Namibia) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Namibian Dolphin Project (NDP) is looking for volunteers from September to November 2015 to help conduct cetacean research in Walvis Bay, Namibia.Walvis Bay is home to two resident populations of dolphin; Heavisides and bottlenose, other cetacean species regularly occur in the bay but the majority of data concerns these two species. Volunteers are expected to work ~ 30 hours per week and will help conduct vessel-based cetacean surveys (1 per week), strandings surveys and land based bird surveys. The majority of time will also be spent in the office processing/analysing photo-ID and acoustic data, while manning the public education centre.Requirements:

Applicants should be enrolled in, or hold, a bachelor€™s degree, or have sufficient work experience in a related field (biology, zoology, oceanography, marine biology, environmental sciences, animal sciences, veterinary medicine, etc.). Volunteers must be experienced in MS Office, be self-motivated and responsible, able to work independently, have good organizational and communication skills and perform as part of a team.

The position is a great opportunity for students or recent graduates to join dedicated scientists who are conducting cetacean research in a dynamic and poorly studied area. As part of this program, volunteers are extremely important members of the team and will be immersed in all aspects of the project. They will gain experience in a range of field and analytical techniques relevant to marine mammal research.
To apply, please send a CV and a cover letter outlining why you are interested in volunteering with the NDP and your relevant experience and your dates of availability to Barry McGovern on Please include NDP Volunteer in the subject heading. Places are limited so preference will be given to volunteers who can commit to longer time periods.To cover accommodation, food and training costs, volunteers are asked to contribute GBP700 per month.

Barry McGovern
Namibian Dolphin Project,
Walvis Bay,
+264 81 236 0858

JOBS: Call for Research Assistants for the Puerto Rico Humpback Whale Project

Corcho Beach in Vieques island, Puerto Rico.
Corcho Beach in Vieques island, Puerto Rico. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Call for applications for Research Assistant positions for the Puerto Rico Humpback Whale Project with The Marine and Coastal Ecology Research Center (MCERC).

Duration: December 29, 2014 - May 01, 2016
Four full time Research Assistants (RAs) are needed for the winter of 2016 to assist with on-going research focusing on North Atlantic humpback whales wintering off Puerto Rico. These are volunteer positions for the sixth season of data collection.
General description:
You can anticipate:
1-3 days/week of vessel based data collection,
2-3 days/week land based data collection (including theodolite),
1-2 days/week at the field house analyzing data.
Acoustic data will be analyzed during days when field excursions are not practical or possible.
There may be opportunity for limited aerial survey experience.
Days off are infrequent but we there will be time to do some sight-seeing.
RAs mentor interns in the field and during round table discussion of peer reviewed publications.
You must have at least a bachelor'€™s degree in marine biology or related field. Former interns and students participating in any MCERC program are encouraged to apply. Priority is given to applicants with an upbeat, hardworking and positive attitude. The ability to take direction and live in close quarters with up to 10 people is a key to a successful field season. A stellar academic average is a plus, but is not a requirement and should not discourage interested people with less than perfect academic scores from applying. A strong desire to learn new skills, mentor other students, and promote a positive attitude towards stewardship is essential for candidates. Please be self-motivated, energetic, patient, and enthusiastic! You must enjoy working with a group from around the globe and be respectful of cultural differences. Experience in boat operations and cetacean research is a plus. All RAs are required to be proficient swimmers and snorkelers.
Interested applicants should carefully review the instructions for applying listed on the Education Hub at (in â€Education News€) and submit accordingly. Applications will be accepted through August 16, 2015.
Mithriel M. MacKay Ph.D.
Marine Mammal Behavioral Ecology Group
Department of Marine Biology
Texas A&M University, Galveston