I am seeking volunteers to help out on field work for my PhD project, Ecology of Bottlenose dolphins and Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins in the Ningaloo Reef-Exmouth region of Western Australia.
The project investigates population sizes, spatial distribution and habitat usage patterns of humpback and bottlenose dolphins utilising the Ningaloo Marine Park and Exmouth Gulf region of Western Australia. It also aims to determine the social structure and movement patterns of these species.
Field season dates are 1st December 2008 to 28th February 2009. Volunteers are asked to commit for a minimum of five days per week for 3-8 weeks and are asked to pay $100.00 per week to cover food and accommodation expenses. You will need to make your own way to Coral Bay. Accommodation is at the Coral Bay Research Station where we will be living in close quarters.
Fieldwork is highly weather dependent and research will be conducted in a small (5.15 metre) research vessel in a team of three people so volunteers must be fit, adaptable and patient.
Duties include boat handling, data recording, equipment maintenance and fin-matching. Coral Bay is a small town in the remote northwest of Western Australia and conditions at this time of the year will be very hot (e.g. 35? Celsius).
Fieldwork will vary between weekends and weekdays so flexibility is required.
If you would like to help out then please send your CV at your earliest convenience to firstname.lastname@example.org
School of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit
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Murdoch WA 6150
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