Sunday, October 29, 2017

M.S. student position: Diving physiology of northern elephant seals

M.S. student position: Diving physiology of northern elephant seals

Seeking a motivated student to begin graduate research (M.S.) at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML), a consortium of seven California State University campuses dedicated to excellence in Marine Science (https://www.mlml.calstate.edu/). The student will join a multi-institution team of researchers (MLML, Massachusetts General Hospital, National Marine Mammal Foundation, Cornell, Alaska Sea Life Center, UC Santa Cruz, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography) on a NSF-funded project to examine physiological plasticity in diving northern elephant seals. While the student will be based in the Vertebrate Ecology Lab at MLML (https://birdmam.mlml.calstate.edu/), she or he will work closely with some of the other P.I.'s.

The student will examine the relationship between fine-scale diving behavior and oxygen management strategies using a novel physiological biologger. The project will involve extensive lab, field, and computer work and long hours in the lab and field before and during field seasons. Students should have a background in physiology and research experience.

I am looking for a student with 1) good academic standing (>3.5/4.0 GPA and > 70 percentiles on the GREs), 2) relevant laboratory and/or programming experience, 3) relevant field experience (ideally with marine mammals, birds, or reptiles), and 4) the ability to work independently as well work well as part of a team.

Two years of NSF-funded tuition and stipend support are available for the selected student.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter with your research interests and experience, an updated CV, unofficial transcripts, and GRE scores (if available) to Dr. Gitte McDonald (gmcdonald@mlml.calstate.edu). Qualified candidates will be contacted to discuss the project and program further and encouraged to apply to the MS program (Due Feb 1, 2018). Emails with required attachments received before December 1, 2017 will receive first consideration, but the position will remain open until a student is selected.

Birgitte I. McDonald

Assistant professor
Moss Landing Marine Laboratories


Friday, October 27, 2017

JOBS: Job opportunity: Director of Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center

The Virginia Aquarium ; Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach, VA, USA is currently searching for a new leader to guide its operations and conservation mission. The Aquarium's mission is to inspire conservation of the marine environment through education, research and sustainable practices. Information about this dynamic leadership opportunity and the application process can be found at the following link.

Alexander M. Costidis, Ph.D.
Stranding Response Coordinator
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center
Office phone: 757.385.6482
Stranding hotline: 757.385.7575
Evening hotline: 757.385.7576

INTERN: internship and volunteer positions during Grey seal pup season at A Seal (Holland)

A Seal, a rescue center for Harbour- and Grey seals in Stellendam, Holland is accepting applications for internship and volunteer positions during the Grey seal pup season (from the 15th of December 2017 till the 31st of March 2018).
A Seal is a nonprofit organization that aims to  be a  centre of expertise for marine mammals with a focus on rehabilitation of the Harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) and the Grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) which are the most common marine mammals of the dutch part of the North Sea.

A Seal's Internship Program is structured and designed to provide students in animal care and veterinary assistance(undergraduate degree and  intermediate vocational degree) with hands-on experience in the field of seal rehabilitation.

  • Assisting during all phases of seal rehabilitation (intake; quaranteens; inside baths; outside baths and release at the Dutch coast).
  • (Force- and tube-) feeding of the seals
  • Food preparation
  • Cleaning of pens and common facilities

.         Must possess a strong work ethic, have high attention to detail and the ability to work with limited supervision
.         Must be self-motivated, enthusiastic, friendly and able to work in a team of volunteers
.         Must be 18 or older
.         Must be available on weekends, holidays and during the evening hours
.         During this internship the intern will experience physical activity, such as: lifting, restraining and moving animals.

Prior experience is not required and all training is provided. This is an unpaid position. Interns are responsible for their own housing and transportation.  Housing facilities (single room; shared kitchen and bathroom with other interns), 250 meters from A Seal, can be rented at limited charge.
Those who can work full-time hours for at least 4 weeks will be given preference.

Please visit www.aseal.nl  for more information on our center (in dutch).
Application with full CV can be sent to:
More information can be acquired from:

Vincent Serbruyns (Team leader Seal care / Intern coordinator)
A Seal - Zeehondenopvang Stellendam
Haringvlietplein 3a
3251 LD Stellendam
E-mail       : vincent.serbruyns@aseal.nl
Office:  0031 (0)88 27 47 780

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INTERNS: Manatee Photo-identification Internships, Florida

Manatee Photo-identification Internships

The manatee photo-identification program is based in St. Petersburg, Florida at the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWRI). FWRI is the research arm of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), a state agency. For more information about FWRI, please visit: http://www.myfwc.com/research/. FWRI's manatee photo-identification research focuses on long-term monitoring of Florida manatees in southwest Florida. The program's primary goal is to document individual manatees, which allows us to estimate annual adult survival and reproductive rates and to model population dynamics for state and federal assessments of Florida manatee status and recovery. Photo-identification data also provide insight regarding manatee movements, site fidelity, habitat use and behavior.        

Interns will primarily assist staff members with photographing manatees and collecting behavioral and environmental data at sites around Tampa Bay. Interns will also be responsible for a number of

RESEARCH: New paper on harbour porpoise sleep

We are pleased to announce that our new paper on sleeping at depth in wild harbour porpoise is now in press with Animal Behaviour. It is available from myself (marinebrit@gmail.com), or online at: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0003347217303020.

Highlights, abstract and keywords follow below.

Andrew J. Wright, Tomonari Akamatsu, Kim N. Mouritsen, Signe Sveegaard, Rune Dietz, Jonas Teilmann. 2017. Silent porpoise: potential sleeping behaviour identified in wild harbour porpoises. Animal Behaviour. Volume 133, November 2017, Pages 211–222. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.09.015

• Cetaceans only sleep with half of their brain at a time: unihemispherical sleep.
• Behavioural sleep criteria were applied to data from tagged wild harbour porpoise.
• Stereotyped parabolic-shaped dives found with low bioacoustic and physical activity.
• Matching all possible criteria, parabolic dives are proposed to represent sleeping.
• Quiet sleeping periods have implications for conservation and acoustic methodology.

All animals sleep and it is essential for maintaining optimal brain function. However, cetaceans

VOLUNTEERS: 2018 Living Seas Volunteer Positions Avaliable at Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre, New Quay, West Wales

The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales is looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals to join our Living Seas volunteer team at Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC). Volunteers will gain valuable experience whilst helping us to collect data on the marine wildlife of Cardigan Bay, man our visitor centre and inspire visitors and the public through community engagement activities.

The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is a non-profit organisation based in New Quay, west Wales, UK. Since 1996 we have been dedicated to raising awareness of the local marine environment through education and research. Using boat-based and land-based surveys, photo-ID and acoustic studies we monitor bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seal populations in the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and wider Irish Sea. We also run a busy visitor centre as well as our Discovery Room which offers marine educational and awareness raising activities for families, schools and groups. In April 2015 we became part of the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales (WTSWW) and we deliver the Trusts Living Seas programme.

What You Will Gain
Volunteering for the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales at CBMWC is a fantastic opportunity for you to make a positive contribution to marine conservation and meet new people who share your

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

JOB: PAM and PSO observer positions for marine mammal vessel survey Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic

Smultea Sciences is looking for certified PAM (passive acoustic monitoring) operators and Protected Species visual observers (PSO) for a large vessel-based project in the Atlantic.

--PAM - Experience with deploying/monitoring towed arrays for dolphins and whales, PAMGuard, preferably in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic. Experience with Mysticetus software a plus.
--Must be available November 15th – mid to late December.
--Must provide proof of up-to-date: (1) BOSIET, (2) physical fitness, (3) negative drug test, (4) U.S.

-- 2 References (names, positions, email, phone number)

If interested, please send your CV, confirm your availability for mid-November to late December, and your phone number and email where you can be reached to:

Holly Dramis
Business Operations Manager

16th North Atlantic right whale found dead off Cape Cod - New Brunswick - CBC News

16th North Atlantic right whale found dead off Cape Cod - New Brunswick - CBC News

The International Fund for Animal Welfare announced another dead right whale - Cape Cod

CBC News Posted: Oct 24, 2017 7:20 AM AT Last Updated: Oct 24, 2017 7:20 AM AT
Another North Atlantic right whale has been found dead near Cape Cod, Mass.

Another North Atlantic right whale has been found dead near Cape Cod, Mass. (Center for Coastal Studies/NOAA)

A sixteenth North Atlantic right whale has been found dead off the coast of Massachusetts this week, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

The organization announced late on Monday that the right whale was found dead on a beach near Cape Cod.

There are only about 500 North Atlantic right whales left in the world. The 16 confirmed deaths in U.S. and Canadian waters this year represents about three per cent of the population.

The IFAW said they plan to work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to determine the cause of the whale's death.

Over the weekend, whale researchers met in Halifax to discuss the critically endangered marine mammals being found dead this year in waters off eastern Canada and the United States.

Scientists, fishermen, large-vessel operators and Indigenous groups will also be meeting next month in Moncton in an effort to reduce the number of right whale deaths.

That meeting will be hosted by federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

INTERNS: Internship with Cascadia Research Collective us west coast & Hawaii

Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia, Washington is now accepting interns for U.S. west coast and Hawaiʻi research for winter, spring and summer 2018! 

We will be at the 22nd Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada next week and conducting interviews for winter, spring and summer 2018 internships. Anyone attending the conference who is interested in an internship with Cascadia should contact us by October 22nd to arrange an interview.
Cascadia Research Collective (CRC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit research and education organization founded in 1979. Most of our research is focused on whale and dolphin populations along the west coast of North America and in Hawaiʻi.
CRC is currently filling positions for:
Winter 2018 (January-March)
Spring 2018 (April-June)
Summer 2018 (July-September)

Internships are unpaid, office-based positions in Olympia, WA and housing is not provided.
International applicants will also be considered, but it is the responsibility of the applicant to acquire

JOB: International Veterinary In-Residence program at The Marine Mammal Center (Sausalito, California, USA)


The Marine Mammal Center International Veterinary In-Residence (IVIR) training program provides marine mammal veterinarians across the globe an opportunity to gain experience in marine mammal medicine and rehabilitation. It is expected that successful applicants will return to their pre-existing programs prepared to implement training programs of their own.
This position requires a DVM degree or equivalent. Preference will be given to veterinarians that are currently employed with a marine mammal rehabilitation program or non-profit equivalent. This is an unpaid position, but a small stipend is available for food. Airfare to San Francisco, California, as well as shared housing at the TMMC Guest House located within the Marin Headlands, will be provided as part of the program. The house is shared during the busy season with other students, researchers, externs and the veterinary intern. This position is available during the busy season for up to three months at a time, between March and September. The applicant is responsible for completing all required visa paperwork, and is required to have an international driver's license. Strong written and spoken English is a requirement.
The Marine Mammal Center veterinary staff includes full and part time veterinarians, three veterinary technicians, a medical technologist and research staff. Goals of the program include assisting the veterinary medical staff in providing medical management of a large number of stranded marine mammals (mostly pinnipeds); performing post mortem examinations, sample collection for various research projects, and record keeping. Collaborative research is highly valued at TMMC, and development of a research project and scientific publication, either clinical or using retrospective necropsy data, is highly encouraged. Past IVIRs have attended international conferences, scientific workshops, or visited other collaborative partners. Opportunities for additional professional development will be supported as they arise.