Opportunity: Research Assistant for Cape Verde Loggerhead Turtle Research.

Our lab has an exciting opportunity to come join us in Cape Verde and assist with our data collection this season.

Background: Conservation of marine organisms is a true challenge as most remains to
be discovered from the oceans which cover about 70% of the world’s surface. Our project aims at using state-of the art molecular Turtle returning to the water with a tag.and telemetry techniques to develop novel conservation programs for the Cape Verde loggerhead turtles (Caretta caretta).

Only recently scientists discovered that Cape Verde supports the third largest nesting
population in the world. Like all sea turtles, the loggerhead turtles are highly endangered of extinction and listed on the Red List of the IUCN. Robust scientific monitoring and preservation of genetic diversity of the Loggerhead turtle has therefore become a crucial necessity to identify future directions of conservation efforts.

Researchers from Queen Mary University of London will be working with Project Biodiversity on the island of Sal.

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Where: Sal Island, Cape Verde.

When: 1stAugust – end of October.

Fieldwork: The fieldwork will be on 1km of beach on Sal Island. Beach patrols will be undertaken overnight and early morning. The candidate will be trained to run full data collection of individual turtles (including: ID Tagging, measurements, skin and blood sampling). Additionally, the assistant will help with satellite tagging and nest relocation as well as in the hatchery later in the season. The assistant will be expected to ensure that data is collected to the highest standards and will take on considerable levels of responsibility at times. The work will be varied and interesting, but extremely challenging. You can expect to learn and improve your practical field skills and be exposed to laboratory protocols.

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Requirements: All training will be provided. However, the suitable research assistant needs to be dedicated to long hours in the field and capable of working independently. A good candidate will be happy working and making decisions independently, whilst being able to function for long periods within a team composed of a wide variety of volunteers, researchers and local workers. Ideally the successful candidate would either be a student or recent graduate holding a degree in a relevant discipline, wanting to gain more experience before continuing a career in a related field.

  • Minimum age of 18.
  • The candidate needs to be fluent in English and language skills in Portuguese or Creole would be beneficial.
  • Physically fit and able to handle challenging conditions (long walks late nights, hot weather, carrying equipment, insects).

Preferred skills include having worked with turtles before and having a strong desire to work in a related career. Preference will be given to those able to commit to the entire season.

Included: Flights to Cape Verde, accommodation, and contribution to subsistence costs will be provided.

Not Included: Food, mobile phone costs, visa costs, medical and travel insurance.

To apply for this position please send a cover letter specifying why you would like to assist in this project, your CV, and names and contact details of two references to l.fouda@qmul.ac.uk and Chris Eizaguirre c.eizaguirre@qmul.ac.uk.

Deadline: Tuesday 26th June – applications will be considered until July 10th in the case no candidate is found before.

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A weekly post of riveting reads from my travels around the internet this week! A selection of links, blogs, news articles, scholarly articles and images I am currently loving.

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New Paper By My Friend Dr. Kate Sprogis (and MUCRU): On the sex differences in abundance, movements, and survival of bottlenose dolphins off south-west Australia. The article is Open Access so go and read it now!

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What have you been reading this week? Let me know in the comments below.


You can also follow along on the Deep Blue Conversations Facebook Page. I post interesting articles related to marine conservation, share awesome stories as well as photos from the marine conservation and environmental world in general. Come on over and have a look! I also have Twitter come and join the conversation you can find me as @Leila_Lula!

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What have you been reading this week? Let me know in the comments below.


You can also follow along on the Deep Blue Conversations Facebook Page. I post interesting articles related to marine conservation, share awesome stories as well as photos from the marine conservation and environmental world in general. Come on over and have a look! I also have Twitter come and join the conversation you can find me as @Leila_Lula!

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What have you been reading this week? Let me know in the comments below.


You can also follow along on the Deep Blue Conversations Facebook Page. I post interesting articles related to marine conservation, share awesome stories as well as photos from the marine conservation and environmental world in general. Come on over and have a look! I also have Twitter come and join the conversation you can find me as @Leila_Lula!