Date: Tue, 20 Aug 2013 15:18:34 +0200
From: Joan Gim?nez Verdugo <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Subject: [MARMAM] Volunteers needed to help with seabird and cetacean
fieldwork in South of Spain (Andalusia) - 5th campaign.
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Volunteers needed to help with seabird and cetacean fieldwork in South of
Spain (Andalusia) - 5th campaign.
CIRCE (http://www.circe.info) is seeking applications from volunteers to
help in the motorboat ELSA in the study of abundance and distribution of
seabirds and cetaceans in the Gulf of Cadiz (Andalucia - Spain) from 16th
September to 27th October 2013.
Volunteers should be available for the entire period. You will be
responsible for your transport to and from the main centre, but once here,
we will provide accommodation, transport to the different harbors and food
expenses (communal shopping/cooking will be arranged).
The main port will be Chipiona and all the volunteers and research team
will be based there, although other ports (Barbate, Isla Cristina and
Tarifa) could be used during the surveys (in that case everyone will sleep
in the boat). We will do lineal transects to cover the coastal area of the
Gulf of Cadiz (12 nautical miles) with the motorboat ELSA (10 meters) with
an observation point at 5 meters above sea level to monitor seabirds,
cetaceans and anthropogenic activities.
Volunteers should be prepared to long working days (some days more than 10
hours) under the sun, the wind and cold weather and to help with data entry
and office duties during bad weather days.
Successful applicants will:
-have previous experience in seabirds and cetacean identification at sea.
-have a mature attitude towards seabird and marine mammal research.
-be autonomous and quickly operational.
-be able to live and work constructively with others in a team.
-be able to live in a small boat (10meters) for some days.
-speak fluently Spanish and/or English.
-be available for the entire period.
Applicants should send an email introducing themselves to
gimenez.verdugo(at)gmail.com. The email should include an outline of why
you would like to work on this project, your qualifications and previous
experience. Please also attach a brief CV, detailing your previous
experiences relevant to this project.
*Applications will be considered in order of arrival.*
*Applicants will receive an email the 3rd of September, so the application
is open until the 1st of September.*
Joan Gim?nez Verdugo
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From: Alastair Baylis <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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Subject: [MARMAM] PhD opportunity, Quantitative movement analysis
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To apply for this exceptional PhD please visit: http://cie-deakin.com/2013/07/19/phd-position-quantitative-movement-analysis-tracking-sea-turtles-seals-and-marine-birds-in-the-global-ocean/
For further details please
Quantitative movement analysis: tracking sea turtles,
seals and marine birds in the global ocean
Professor Graeme Hays, Dr Daniel Ierodiaconou, Dr
Rebecca Lester, Dr John Arnould and Professor Gerry Quinn
School of Life and Environmental Sciences
Deakin University (Warrnambool)
The last decade has seen the
development of reliable satellite tracking equipment that has allowed routine
long-term (months to years) tracking of a range of marine vertebrates including
turtles, seals and sea birds. This project will focus on examining a number of
cutting-edge questions related to patterns of movement and habitat use
including both ?blue skies? questions on animal orientation as well as more
applied questions on marine conservation planning.
This studentship will suit
candidates with interests in quantitative ecology, statistics and ecological or
mathematical modelling or computer science, given its focus on quantitative
movement analysis, GIS data analysis and data mining techniques. It may also
suit students with interests in marine vertebrate ecology, as it will involve
some targeted deployment of tracking equipment onto marine vertebrates at sites
around the world.
Some of the contemporary
questions that will be addressed include:
Orientation of sea turtles
travelling across the open ocean: Using
data-sets emerging from long-term tracking of adult loggerhead turtles
travelling across the Mediterranean from their breeding grounds in Greece,
green turtles travelling across the Indian Ocean from their breeding grounds on
the Chagos Archipelago as well as juvenile loggerhead turtles moving in the
South Pacific, the student will examine whether turtles show directed swimming
to take account of current advection that may lead them off-route and how they
approach and locate isolated targets such as small islands. In this way the
extent and resolution of the geospatial map that turtles use will be assessed
in relation to laboratory experiments that have shown the potential for turtles
to use geomagnetic maps in long-distance movements.
Habitat use by both breeding
and foraging turtles: Using tracking
data from around the world (including the Indian Ocean, Pacific and Atlantic)
across a range of sea turtle species the student will use high-resolution
Fastloc-GPS tracking to assess the habitat use by sea turtles in both their
breeding and foraging locations. The extent of space use will be compared to
habitat quality and diet, including comparison between species and populations
in different parts of their range. This work will involve GIS analysis of space
use and be used to develop informed conservation strategies in terms of
protected area designation.
Drift scenarios for
juveniles: The student will use
oceanographic techniques including Lagrangian drift trajectories and ocean
particle tracking models to consider the drift scenarios for hatchling sea
turtles. This work will be embedded within questions regarding the ontogeny of
migration in sea turtles
(e.g. do adults travel to those sites they experienced as drifting
hatchlings?), implications of climate change in terms of drift scenarios and
consideration of the global distribution of sea turtles in terms of the
proximity of beaches to suitable current regimes.
Meta-analysis of movement
patterns across diverse species: The
advent of comparable (Argos and Fastloc-GPS) tracking data for a range of
marine vertebrates (turtles, seals, birds) allows the patterns of movement
across taxa to be considered such as migration distances, course directness and
migration periodicity. The student will compare and contrast the movement
patterns across a range of contrasting marine vertebrates.
For further details please