The Oceania Project, during August-October 2008, is conducting vessel based fieldwork for a long-term study of the behaviour and social organisation of humpback whales in Hervey Bay.
The Expedition vessel 'Moon Dancer' is a 12m-power catamaran. http://www.oceania.org.au/expedition/research.html
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 (SPWRC).
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 2008. 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.
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
If you are interested in participating in the Whale Research Expedition as an Intern you can register online.
If you have questions or queries please email Trish & Wally Franklin and include a brief CV firstname.lastname@example.org
Trish Franklin & Wally Franklin
Directors & Principal Investigators,
The Oceania Project
Southern Cross University
PO Box 646 Byron Bay
NSW 2481 Australia
ABN 73 052 470 630
ACN 052 470 630
Phone: + 61 02 6685 8128
Fax: + 61 02 9225 9176
Mobile: 0418 797326
Web: http://www.oceania.org.au and http://www.iwhales.org
PhD Candidates Southern Cross University http://www.scu.edu.au/research/whales/theteam.html