viernes, 15 de octubre de 2010

Volunteer: Seal rehabilitation in Netherlands!!!

The Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre (SRRC) in Pieterburen, the Netherlands, is looking for:

*Enthusiastic volunteers who are experienced in animal husbandry.*

The seals in the rehabilitation centre need intensive care treatment due to their health problems (mostly lungworm infections). We are looking for enthusiastic volunteers who will work together with the SRRC staff in the seals care department. The SRRC is expecting many seals to be admitted during this coming winter season.

If you have experience with animal husbandry, and you are available in this coming winter, please send a letter to the SRRC

We require a minimum period of six weeks, but prefer a longer period. We offer food and accommodation at the centre and the chance to work with seals in a motivated group of international colleagues.

Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre

Hoofdstraat 94a


The Netherlands

Phone: (31) 595 - 526 526

Fax: (31) 595 - 528 389



English website:

Employment: Delaware!!

Position Announcement: Director of the School of Marine Science and Policy

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Environment at the University of Delaware invites applications for the position of Director of the School of Marine Science and Policy (SMSP). The position provides a unique opportunity to lead a premier marine organization into the coming decade. The Director is responsible for all teaching, research, and service activities within the School and reports directly to the Dean of the College. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of full professor.

We seek an energetic scholar in any area of marine science or policy who has developed a nationally and internationally recognized body of scholarship with evidence of deep commitment to marine education, research, and academic leadership. Candidates should have administrative experience as a department chairperson, laboratory director, or equivalent leadership position in
academia. This will include high achievement in teaching and service, as well as substantial experience in the conduct and administration of competitive research programs supported by funds from private sources, foundations, and government agencies.

The School is composed of 41 faculty members, approximately 100 graduate students, and a growing undergraduate program. The SMSP is ranked among the top institutions for marine education and research in the United States, with facilities located on the Sharp Campus at the mouth of Delaware Bay in Lewes, Delaware and on the main campus in Newark, Delaware. The 64-acre Sharp Campus features over 100,000 square feet of modern laboratory, classroom, and office space. The Director is expected to maintain an active presence at both the Sharp campus in Lewes and the main University of Delaware campus in Newark.

The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity employer which encourages applications from women and from members of minority groups. More information on the College and School may be found at and Applicants should submit a detailed statement of interest and qualifications along with curriculum vitae in electronic format, as well as contact information for at least three references. Applications and requests for information should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Patrick Gaffney, Professor of Marine Biosciences (302-645-4364; Applications must be received by 31 December 2010.

domingo, 3 de octubre de 2010


I would like to apologize to all the readers and visitors of this blog for this long absence and the lack of new entries during the last months. Unfortunately, my own personal circumstances together with a complicated working situation has kept me away from this beautiful project.

Sadly I got to lose my job in Spain, but looking on the bright side, now I have much more time to dedicate to all of you and this little project, El Mundo de los Mamíferos Marinos. Thank you very much for your patience and for reading me!!

Now we´re back!!!


Me gustaría pedir disculpas a todos los seguidores y visitantes de este blog por la larga ausencia y la falta de entradas durante los últimos meses. Lamenteblemente, mis circunstancias personales y una situación laboral complicada y ajetreada me impidieron seguir con este hermoso proyecto.

Tristemente he perdido mi trabajo en España, por lo que mirándolo por el lado bueno, ahora vuelvo a tener mucho más tiempo para dedicaros a todos y a este pequeño hijo, El Mundo de los Mamíferos Marinos. Muchas gracias por vuestra paciencia y por leerme de vez en cuando :)

Ahora volvemos con más fuerza!!!


sábado, 6 de marzo de 2010

Volunteering: Slovenia - Morigenos Dolphin Project!!

Morigenos – marine mammal research and conservation society is seeking applications for:



Research assistants are required to assist with the ongoing long-term research and monitoring programme of the Slovenian Dolphin Project. The project focuses on the study, monitoring and conservation of the local population of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Slovenian and adjacent waters in the north Adriatic Sea since 2002, collecting information on distribution, abundance, social structure, habitat use, fishery interactions and tourism impact.


The research base is located in Portoroz, Slovenia (EU). The fieldwork is carried out in Slovenian and adjacent waters (north Adriatic Sea).


20th June – 1st October 2010

Candidates are expected to committ to the project for a minimum of 1 month, but can also apply for the whole period.


The research assistant will be responsible for assisting the project leaders in all aspects of research and associated tasks. Duties include, but are not limited to:

· daily fieldwork (boat surveys on a 5.7 meter RIB, land-based watches with binoculars and theodolite tracking, photo-identification, behavioural sampling, data recording)

· database entry, database management, data analysis

· boat upkeep and maintenance

· research base upkeep and maintenance

· coordinating teams of participants in Morigenos research camps


This position is unpaid, but accommodation and food are provided. Successful applicants need to cover their own travel costs.



  • A background in biology, veterinary medicine, geography or related sciences
  • Previous experience in cetacean research
  • Nautical licence and experience in handling RIBs
  • Good IT skills (Word, Excell and Access are a must)
  • Ability and willingness to work long hours outdoors, in often hot weather
  • Ability to work well in a small international team
  • Good verbal and written communication skills

The following qualifications are not required, but one or more of the following will be considered an advantage:

  • Good knowledge of GIS
  • Previous experience and knowledge of photo-ID, distance sampling, habitat modelling, theodolite tracking or C-POD use
  • Experience in the use of software packages MARK, SOCPROG or R


Send a letter of interest and a CV, outlining why you are applying, your previous experience and qualifications, why you think you should be considered for the position and your availability in the given period. Include contact details of two references.

Send your application to tilen.genov(at) Please specify 'MORIGENOS RESEARCH ASSISTANT' in your subject title. Deadline: 3rd April 2010.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by the 13th April 2010.

Morigenos team will be at the ECS conference in Stralsund, where we would be happy to talk to you. When you send your application, please let us know whether you are attending the ECS and we can possibly arrange a meeting.

Tilen Genov

Morigenos - marine mammal research and conservation society

Jarska cesta 36/a

SI-1000 Ljubljana

Slovenia (EU)

Activities: Workshops at St Andrews!!

The Centre for Research into Ecological and Environmental Modelling (CREEM) is hosting two linked workshops in the summer of 2010 in our purpose-built facilities at the University of St Andrews, Scotland. The aim of these workshops is to train participants in the latest methods for design and analysis of distance sampling surveys, including line and point transects. The workshops are taught by leading researchers in the field, using industry-standard software.

The first workshop (24-27 August) will run at an introductory level, and will focus on "conventional" distance sampling methods, as described in the standard reference book "Introduction to Distance Sampling." The workshop will be a blend of theory and practice and participants will learn how to use the program "Distance." Participants will gain a solid grounding in both survey design and methods of analysis for distance sampling surveys.

The advanced distance sampling workshop (30 August - 1 September) will include advanced treatment of: incorporating covariates in detection function modelling, analyses in which detectability on the transect line is not assumed to be perfect (the so-called g(0) problem), automated survey design, advanced stratified survey analysis, advanced trend analysis, and adaptive survey designs. The aim of this workshop is to bring participants up to date with the latest developments in distance sampling methods and software. It is also an opportunity for those actively engaged in the design, analysis and execution of distance sampling surveys to discuss common issues and problems, and set future research directions. The workshop will be a combination of lectures and computer sessions, with considerable time for discussion.

For both workshops, participants are encouraged to bring their own data sets, and can expect to do some preliminary analyses with their data. Computer sessions take place in our modern computer classroom (attached
to the seminar room); participants can use our computers or bring their own laptop computers.

Additional details regarding the workshop can be found at our website

Employment: UK!

Head of Bioacoustics Technology, Aquatec Group, Hartley Wintney, UK

About Aquatec
Aquatec Group is a UK-based manufacturer of oceanographic and subsea instrumentation, sold throughout the world for use by research organisations, survey companies, fisheries and the oil and gas industry. Our product range includes a number of bioacoustics-related products, including the AQUAclick (a Static Acoustic Monitoring data logger) and various models of AQUAmark (acoustic deterrent devices) for bycatch mitigation.

About the Role
To support our growing bioacoustics-related business, we are currently recruiting at our UK office for a Head of Bioacoustics Technology position, reporting to the Managing Director.

Aquatec develops and manufactures solutions for marine mammal monitoring and bycatch mitigation, with an in-house engineering team that comprises acoustics, electronics and software engineers. Within the role, you will be expected to provide the interface between the engineering team and the needs of regulators, specifiers and end users of the technology. You will be in regular contact with marine mammal scientists around the world.

Within the role you will be expected to develop the bioacoustics arm of the business, take part in product development and testing, and support existing users of products. The role requires someone who has a well-rounded mix of personal, scientific, and business development skills.

About You
You will be degree qualified with a Masters or PhD in Marine Biology or similar. You will be a citizen of the European Community or will have a permanent right to work in the United Kingdom. You will have practical field experience in the use of static acoustic monitoring systems, and a good understanding of bioacoustics principles. You will be able to process and present bioacoustics data using Matlab, C or both. Ideally you will be in a similar position, or actively working in marine mammal research in the field, and looking for a new challenge. You will need to be competent and confident in the representation of Aquatec to potential customers as well as confident with Aquatec’s internal team to build and expand the company’s business.

The Reward

Aquatec is based in pleasant semi-rural surroundings in Hampshire, UK, approximately 40 miles or one hour’s train journey from London. You will be working with a highly motivated and dynamic team and a diverse range of clients and contacts around the world, with opportunities to travel. Salary will be competitive and will reflect your current experience. Assistance with relocation may also be available.

For more information or queries please send CV/Resume to Reva Perryman, Office Administrator at Aquatec Group, email

Aquatec Group Limited
Registered in England
No 2523284

Registered Address:
High Street, Hartley Wintney
Hampshire, RG27 8NY, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1252 843072
Fax: +44 (0)1252 843074

Volunteering: Maine!

Allied Whale, the marine mammal research lab of College of the Atlantic located in Bar Harbor, Maine, seeks 4 interns for the 2010 summer field season.

Two three-month positions (June-August) and two five-month positions (June-October)are available.

Individuals will assist in numerous research projects monitoring humpback, finback and North Atlantic right whales, including off-shore surveys, data collection on local whale watching boats, tower surveys on our remote off-shore research base,passive acoustic monitoring, and general logistics. Individuals will be able to earn limited income as deckhands. Research responsibilities include photo-identification
of whales and data collection/entry. Deckhand responsibilities include line handling, vessel cleaning, and passenger safety. Training will be provided.

The applicants should have a college background in biology and/or zoology. Some knowledge of research methods is an advantage. Knowledge of marine mammals and seabirds is an asset. Previous experience in photography (conventional and digital) is helpful but not required. Applicants must be positive, flexible, able to work independently, and comfortable working offshore on boats.

These are entry-level research positions designed to offer experience for individuals seeking to develop their professional careers in marine mammal research.

The positions begin June 1st and applicants must be able to work through with no other commitments (excluding COA students).

Please specify which position you are interested in.

Hours will vary depending on schedules, housing is provided and mandatory for a fee (~$100/wk).

Application deadline is March 22, 2010.

Please send a cover letter detailing your reasons for applying, a resume, and two letters of recommendation to:

Interns 2010
Allied Whale
105 Eden St.
Bar Harbor, Maine, 04609
Or e-mail to:

Leah M. Crowe
Allied Whale
(207) 288-5644

Employment: Hawaii!!

We would like to announce a new job position opening as a Research Ecologist in the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center PIFSC), located in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The person in this position will conduct research in support of the PIFSC Cetacean and Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Programs. Research activities will include characterizing species' distribution and terrestrial/marine habitat use and predictive modeling for population assessment and recovery efforts.

Duties include: analyzes marine mammal spatial information; submits manuscripts for publication and works with other scientists to produce reports and scientific publications on the population assessment of Hawaiian monk seals and cetaceans; conducts and writes analysis to support permit applications for marine mammal conservation efforts; designs and develops studies on aspects of spatial distribution and other elements of Hawaiian monk seal ecology; conducts field studies as needed; works with other scientists and stakeholders to produce reports and presentations to inform the general public on the spatial ecology of Hawaiian monk seals and Pacific cetaceans.

This is a Permanent full time federal position. You must be a US Citizen to be accepted for this job.

For more details on job duties, application process and more please go to and search for job number NMFS-PIC-2010-0012.

If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact the individual listed on the job announcement at the USAJobs website.

Applications close on April 2, 2010.

Charles Littnan
Lead Scientist, Hawaiian Monk Seal Research Program
NOAA Fisheries Service

Volunteering: Gray whale research in Canada!!


The Society for Ecological and Coastal Research - SEACR - is a non-profit organization, established in 1998, dedicated to scientific research on the ecology of near-shore marine systems. SEACR is sponsoring several long-term ongoing research projects on gray whale ecology in Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, Canada. The projects are organized and run by the Whale Research Lab of the University of Victoria, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada ( ).


Enthusiastic individuals with a keen interest in nature and science are invited to discover the challenges of marine field research along Canada's coastal rainforest through SEACR's Marine Research Intern Program!

MRIP is a volunteer program where Research Interns assist experienced and dedicated marine biologists and ecologists with their field research. Through MRIP, Research Interns will live and work at a remote research field-station in the coastal rainforest of Clayoquot Sound, British Columbia, to aid researchers with ongoing field research related to coastal and marine ecology.

Internships are offered on a competitive basis, at cost and provide invaluable exposure to boat based field work, the Pacific coastal ocean environment, marine mammal research, intensive training and mentoring in marine ecology, and encouragement to work and play hard!

We are offering 2 or 4 week Marine Research Internships for June 2010. There is no deadline to apply. However, approved applications are reviewed and accepted on a first-come, first serve basis and spaces are quite limited.


This internship is an excellent opportunity for an individual working toward a career in marine science to gain practical experience in the field. Ideal candidates possess a personal interest in marine ecology and a commitment to conservation research.

Marine research is difficult and challenging work, so being a Research Intern is not for everyone! Those who wish to participate in MRIP must be in good physical health, especially free of back and leg injuries, as the field hours (in the boat and in the lab) can be long - though very satisfying! This is not a program that certifies individuals in field research. It is, however, an experience that delivers a unique opportunity for education, development of field ecology research skills, travel, and enjoyment of wildlife.


Flores Island is the home of the Ahousaht First Nations peoples and is nestled in world-famous Clayoquot Sound, in the Pacific Coast rainforest. Flores is an excellent place to learn about marine ecology and the study of nature. Along with learning field and technical skills during the course of work, when the opportunity arises Research Interns may engage in informal talks with graduate students, take hikes along the Wild Side Trail, have beach campfires, and interact with the Ahousaht First Nations peoples. Professors from the University of Victoria, local scientists and previous MRIP researchers will be frequent visitors to the field research station.

Flores Island's natural beauty, sandy beaches, and abundant wildlife will keep you enthralled. Being here is the experience of a lifetime.


To qualify as a candidate for the MRIP, see the preaplication process on our website:

Unlike many other volunteer internship opportunities, SEACR provides and organizes the room and board for our interns at cost. The internship package includes basic accommodations and three meals per day at the research station. Interns and research staff live together and are responsible for cooking and cleaning duties. Rooms are shared with at least one other person. The internship costs do not include transportation to and from the research camp on Flores Island, personal items, or special dietary requirements. A non-refundable $500 deposit is required upon acceptance to MRIP.

Two week Internship - $ 2200 Cdn
Four week Internship - $ 3400 Cdn

If you are interested in applying for a position, please see the details of our application process on our website

Questions regarding the MRIP application or internships can be directed by email to:

Christina Tombach Wright
Intern Coordinator
Society for Ecological and Coastal Research
P.O. Box 35052
Victoria, British Columbia

lunes, 22 de febrero de 2010

Volunteering: Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Lab!

The Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Lab at the University of Southern Mississippi offers an internship to college juniors, seniors and recent graduates. There are three available internship periods each year: Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Interns work on research projects being conducted by faculty members and graduate students, and will gain experience in both behavioral and acoustic data collection and analyses. Specific experiences depend on the research projects that are ongoing at the time of the internship.

Summer 2010 Internship: We will be accepting two interns for this internship period. The primary research being conducted at this time involves field abundance surveys and photo-identification of bottlenose dolphins in Mississippi Sound. Applications due March 15th. Anticipated start date is May 1st.

This internship is an unpaid voluntary position, and interns are responsible for arranging their own transportation and housing. Interns are also required to receive college credit for the internship; enrollment may be with The University of Southern Mississippi or an academic institution of their choice.
Students interested in applying for the internship are required to send:

• Complete application form (pdf)
• CV or Résumé
• Letter of intent describing your career goals, reason(s) for wanting the internship, and what you expect to contribute to and gain from the internship
• Unofficial or official copy of your transcripts
• At least two letters of recommendation (preferably from those who can attest to your academic and scientific abilities)
All materials should be sent to:

Internship Coordinator: Courtney Smith
Marine Mammal Behavior and Cognition Internship
Department of Psychology
The University of Southern Mississippi
118 College Drive, # 5025
Hattiesburg, MS 39406-5025

Materials may arrive separately or together, all materials must be postmarked by the pertinent deadline: Fall - July 1st; Spring - December 1st; Summer - March 15th

Please direct all information requests and related materials to Courtney Smith at



Courtney Smith
MA,PhD Student
Internship Coordinator
Marine Mammal Behavior & Cognition Lab
Experimental Psychology Program
University of Southern Mississippi

Volunteering: orcas in Spain!

The research group CIRCE ( is seeking applications from volunteers to help with fieldwork on killer whale energetic budget in the Strait of Gibraltar. Fieldwork will take place from 5 April to 31 May 2010.

Killer whale project:

The killer whale population of the Strait of Gibraltar has a diet mainly based on Bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus). This population is believed to be in danger due to the rapid decrease of their prey under human fishing. They usually feed on tuna using an "endurance-exhaustion" technique. This behaviour can be easily observed from 2
land based stations on top of the cliffs off La Breña national park, Andalucia, South of Spain. We wish to collect behavioural and positional data (using binos and theodolite) from these land stations as well as blow rates to assess the energetic budget of this foraging technique.

Volunteers should be available at least for one week study (see and for last year project blog) but long period availability is possible. You will be responsible for your transport to and from the main centre, but once there, we will provide accommodation and transport to the land stations. Food will be at your own expenses.

Successful applicants will:

- have a mature attitude towards marine mammal research
- be autonomous and quickly operational
- be able to live and work constructively with others in a team
- speak fluently English and/or Spanish

Preference will be given to those who:

- have previous experience in theodolite handling, including whale tracking
- have previous relevant marine mammal field experience

Applicants should send an email introducing themselves to ruth/ 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.

Applications will be accepted until 15 March although early application is recommended as applications will be examined in order of reception.

For more information, see
(also available in Spanish and French) or contact ruth/

All the best,