Master-Arbeit: marine mammals / Asia

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Master-Arbeit: marine mammals / Asia

Beitrag von ClaudiaBryozoa » 13 Dez 2012 14:36

The impact of human exploitation on the distribution of marine mammals in eastern Asia Lundi décembre 10, 2012
Title : The impact of human exploitation on the distribution of marine mammals in eastern Asia

Internship level: Postgraduate level (for someone with a BSc degree), can be a non-obligatory internship (e.g. césure), can be an M1/M2 but not in the 2013 academic year (cannot start before May 2013).
Duration: flexible, preferably 2-4 months
Dates: flexible, but the earliest it can start is May 2013

Institution :
Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive
CNRS-CEFE UMR5175, 1919 Route de Mende, 34293 Montpellier Cedex 5, France
Tel/Fax : 04 67 61 32 01 / 04 67 61 33 36

Supervisor : MONSARRAT Sophie,; 04 67 61 32 69
Co-supervisor : RODRIGUES Ana,; 04 67 61 33 22

The impacts of humans on marine ecosystems started millennia ago, but because they happened gradually over very long periods and with little recorded evidence, their full scale has only recently begun to be understood. The MORSE project ( is reviewing historical and pre-historical records to quantify the full impact of humans on the abundances and distribution of marine mammal species, in order to inform future conservation strategies.
The exploitation of marine mammals in eastern Asia, in countries such as Japan, China and Korea, started millennia ago (e.g. see Bangudae petroglyphs in South Korea dated of the Bronze Age and showing whaling scenes). However, the language barrier makes these information difficult to access for occidental researchers and thus we know very little of the actual human impact of these countries on marine mammal populations.
The objective of this internship is to review information on the historical exploitation of marine mammals in eastern Asia, in order to map and quantify the human impact on the distribution of marine mammals in this area. It is an interdisciplinary project at the interface between biological conservation and history.
This is a desk-based project, without field work. The student will be provided with a desk and a computer. Geographic information systems and a SQL database will be used to organise the collected data. The student will be integrated within a dynamic and supportive research team in a leading scientific research lab. For this project, priority will be given to students talking one or several Asian language, in order to facilitate the search for references and the communication with local experts.

Required skills:
- A solid basis in ecology and/or history (minimum L3)
- A high level of rigour and attention to detail.
- Good capacity of integration in a research team

- A good level of English
- Relevant language skills (e.g. Japanese, Chinese , Korean)

Preferred skills:
- Experience in GIS and/or database management
- Experience in the analysis of historical documents

This project is part of a broader, fully-funded, ANR project. The student will be paid around 430€ per month. Funding is available for data collection missions (e.g., visiting experts or museums) and for the attendance of an international conservation conference.

Interested candidates should send a CV and cover letter to Sophie MONSARRAT (
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