779Humpback Whale Research, Hervey Bay, Australia - Internship Opportunity
- Feb 17, 2009Humpback Whale Research, Hervey Bay, Australia - Internship Opportunity
The Oceania Project, during August-October 2009, is conducting vessel based fieldwork
for a long-term study of the behaviour and social organisation of humpback whales in
The Expedition vessel 'Moon Dancer' is a 12m-power catamaran.
[ http://www.oceania.org.au/expedition/research.html ] (Right Click to open links)
The Oceania Project is affiliated with Southern Cross University incorporating the Southern
Cross University Whale Research Centre (SCUWRC) and the Centre for Animal Conservation
Genetics (SCU CACG) and is an affiliate of the South Pacific Whale Research Consortium
[ http://www.oceania.org.au/footer_stuff/about_us.html ]
The focus of the research being undertaken is a long term study of the social behaviour,
population dynamics and ecological significance of Hervey Bay for the Area V (E1)
humpback whale group. In addition we are investigating genetic relatedness amongst
humpbacks in Hervey Bay, the implications for social organisation and reproductive
success and the extent to which social behaviour is determined by kinship.
There is an opportunity for up to five Interns to participate in the research expedition each
week during August-October 2009. Interns live aboard the expedition vessel for a week
or more subject to time and budget constraints. The cost per week is $1950 Australian
which includes accommodation aboard the expedition vessel and food. Interns are
responsible for all costs associated with travel to and from Hervey Bay.
Fieldwork involved is 'sloughed skin' and faecal sample collection, assistance with photo
identification/behavioural observation field notes, GPS/GIS spatial data collection,
environmental data, water quality sampling and general data entry. Interns also assist with
vessel operations including food preparation & galley duties. Sea time can be validated
towards a marine qualification.
[ http://www.oceania.org.au/expedition/life.html ]
A pdf with detailed information about the Internship Program is available for download.
No prior experience is necessary and training will be provided. The Internship is open to
students and staff of recognised institutions. Preference will be given to individuals
involved in marine mammal science courses or related institutions and/or with prior
volunteer marine mammal field experience. Places will be allocated in the order
registrations are received.
General information about The Oceania Project and the Research Expedition is online at:
[ http://www.oceania.org.au ]
Experiences with the humpbacks in Hervey Bay aboard the Whale Research Expedition can
be viewed at: [ iWhales.org ] (Put mouse over screen and click play button)
If you are interested in participating in the Whale Research Expedition as an Intern you can
If you have questions or queries please email Trish & Wally Franklin and include a brief CV
[ mailto:trish.wally@... ].
Trish Franklin & Wally Franklin
Directors & Principal Investigators, The Oceania Project
PhD Candidates, Southern Cross University
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