HUMPBACK WHALE RESEARCH ON THE GREAT BARRIER REEF, AUSTRALIA (JULY-SEPT 2017) – RESEARCH ASSISTANT OPPORTUNITIES The Great Barrier Reef Whale and Dolphin Research Programme is led by Blue Planet Marine and operated in collaboration with the Cetacean Ecology and Acoustics Laboratory at The University of Queensland, Australia. Running from July to September 2017, there are opportunities for Research Assistants (RAs) to join the Programme. As a RA, you will work in an exceptional location with world leading scientists. You’ll be exposed to a variety of research techniques, including: the latest in genetic sampling; acoustic recording of social sounds and whale song; behavioural observations; video recordings; and photo-identification. You’ll be involved in data management, and in the day-to-day activities of the research vessels. The Programme is based on a live-aboard research vessel in and around the Great Barrier Reef. The aim of the Programme is to collect data on the breeding sub-stocks of south west Pacific humpback whales. These data are important because organisations such as the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission don’t have enough information to make decisions on whether these breeding sub-stocks should be managed together or as separate populations. The IWC Scientific Committee has even identified the collection of these data as highest priority research for these populations of whales. The Programme is targeted, it’s scientifically robust, it’s relevant and it’s exciting. The Programme will:·        Identify areas of the Great Barrier Reef that are most important for humpback whale breeding activities; ·        Gather information regarding the structure of the east Australian humpback whale sub-stock; and·        Gain a better understanding of whale acoustic communication and the potential for anthropogenic impacts within the breeding grounds of the Great Barrier Reef.This is a great opportunity to: gain valuable experience and skills to further your career with marine mammals; make valuable connections with some of the world’s most respected humpback whale researchers; work on a meaningful research programme; and experience one of the seven wonders of the natural world. Please note that there is a fee for participating in the Programme. To find out more about The Great Barrier Reef Whale and Dolphin Research Programme (including the dates of research trips) visit: No prior experience is necessary and training will be provided. Preference will be given, however, to individuals involved in marine mammal science courses or related institutions and/or with prior volunteer marine mammal field experience. Places are limited to ten RAs on each research trip. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like further information. Regards,Lesley Lesley Douglas, MSC.Marine Scientist | Nelson Office| Ph: +64 (0)27 631-9000 |Email: | www.blueplanetmarine.comPO Box 3639, Richmond, Nelson, New Zealand