We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to work on analysis of data obtained from multi-sensor Digital Acoustic Tags that sample acoustics, accelerometers and depth collected from short-term (ca. 12-24 h) deployments on a variety of cetacean species, including pilot whales, Risso’s dolphins and North Atlantic right whales. Some of these data sets will contribute to baseline observations of behavior, including call rate, foraging behavior and fine-scale movement patterns. Other data sets will include analysis of behavioral response to acoustic stimuli presented within an experimental paradigm. The position will primarily involve analysis of existing data sets, but the post-doctoral researcher will be encouraged to participate in data collection in the field. Applicants should possess a Ph.D. in statistics, animal behavior, or ecology with a demonstrated interest in the quantitative analysis of foraging ecology, vocal behavior and/or kinematics. We are particularly interested in individuals who are well versed in Matlab and/or R and who have experience in integration and analysis of complex data sets. The successful candidate will conduct data analysis, prepare reports and manuscripts for publication in peer reviewed journals and will work under the co-supervision of Drs. Doug Nowacek and Andrew Read. We expect the successful candidate to engage fully in the intellectual life of our laboratory and take advantage of research, mentoring and teaching opportunities as they arise. The Duke University Marine Laboratory, located in Beaufort, NC, is a vibrant research and educational community located on the North Carolina coast and is part of the Nicholas School of the Environment. This is a one-year, full-time appointment with an annual salary of $50,000, with the possibility of renewal. The position carries standard health insurance and benefits from Duke University. Prospective applicants should send a CV, statement of interest and the names of three references to Jennifer Dunn (jennifer.dunn at duke. edu) by October 31st 2013. US and international applicants will be considered.
Kristina Cammen was recently awarded a Special Event Award from the American Genetic Association to support her organization of an upcoming workshop entitled “Marine Mammal Genomics: Applications to evolution, ecology, and conservation.” The workshop will be held December 8, immediately prior to the Society for Marine Mammalogy conference at the University of Otago in New Zealand. Find more information about the workshop here.
Meagan is currently on the Kona Integrated Ecosystem Assessment (IEA) cruise with NOAA’s Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center. The goal of this cruise is to further our understanding of the unique marine ecosystem along the Kona Coast of the Big Island. Meagan is helping with active acoustics to study cetacean prey distribution. You can follow along here.
Andy recently published a review of measures used to reduce by-catches of harbor porpoises in gill net fisheries of the Gulf of Maine in the journal Endangered Species Research. The paper is part of a Special Theme Issue on reducing marine mammal by-catch in gill net fisheries. The Open Access article is available here.
Read Lab members Kristina Cammen, Meagan Dunphy-Daly, and Amanda Kaltenberg have developed a “Predators of the Sea” traveling trunk for the North Carolina Maritime Museum. The traveling trunk was developed for 4th-6th grade students to learn about marine predators. Lessons focus on the differences between marine predators (e.g., sharks and dolphins), the differences between individuals within a population of marine predators, and why certain predators choose specific habitats. The trunk includes a variety of activities, including measuring a life-sized bull shark image, matching dolphin dorsal fins, and studying prey habitat maps. Kristina, Meagan, and Amanda successfully debuted the trunk with two of Mrs. Eura Lawrence’s 6th grade classes at Beaufort Middle School on April 23rd. The trunk was also displayed at the Scientific Research and Education Networking event at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium on April 25th. Teachers can check the trunk out of the North Carolina Maritime Museum to use in their class for a two-week period. The trunk was created with support from the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, the Duke University Marine Laboratory, and the North Carolina Maritime Museum. For more information about reserving the traveling trunk, please visit http://www.ncmaritimemuseums.com/beaufort/programs/outreach.html.
Amanda, Meagan, and Kristina debut their traveling trunk activities at Beaufort Middle School.
The trunk on display for teachers at the aquarium.
Our research team spotted a great white shark while conducting a marine mammal survey in Onslow Bay on Wednesday, April 24th. The shark was approximately 12 miles out of Bogue Inlet and was feeding on a floating humpback whale carcass. The story made it to the local news:
A great white shark swimming off the coast of North Carolina
A great white shark feeding on a humpback whale carcass
A tiger shark feeding on a humpback whale carcass
Meagan Dunphy-Daly and Andy Read contributed to a new publication, “The Marine Mammal Protection Act at 40: status, recovery, and future of U.S. marine mammals.”
The web site of the Cetacean Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a great place to get information on the status of whales, dolphins and porpoises and updates on recent conservation projects directed at cetacean populations at risk. Check it out!