Marine Biology and Bird Migration Internship – Tarifa 2015


CALL: 2014

DOMAIN: SR - Environmental and Earth Sciences





HOST INSTITUTION: European School Luxembourg


START: 2015-06-20

END: 2015-06-27


Submitted Abstract

The Marine Biology Trip Tarifa 2015 is dedicated to introducing students to field research techniques used to study marine ecosystems, as well as the migrations of animals (cetaceans and birds). The techniques taught are entirely transferable to other species of animals. During one week, the participants will learn to identify animals and plants in the intertidal zone, on the beach, in sand dunes, as well as at sea. There are up to seven different cetacean species living in the Strait of Gibraltar. They will be taught how to recognize and interpret different cetacean behaviors they will have recorded using a digital video camera, to identify individual dolphins and whales using photo-identification techniques and the 10-year old catalogue of the research team. We will try to record the sounds produced by these cetaceans using a hydrophone. The internship will take place in April, which is the peak time for bird migration, and we will follow the local organization MIGRES on their bird counts and ringing projects. The participants will attend daily lectures on the biology, physiology, research and conservation of marine life, reptiles and birds, and will actively participate in the research carried out by the team by processing all the data they will have collected during the trips at sea. We will also visit the marine turtle and cetacean stranding center of Algeciras. The main goals of this internship are to provide the students with state of the art hands-on experience on scientific research, increasing their skills and chances for future educational or professional opportunities. Emphasis will also be put into discovering the rich Spanish culture and language. There will also be some time to discover Tarifa’s beautiful beaches and underwater ecosystems, as well as the Gibraltar peninsula. The participants will be encouraged to process the data and present it at their schools and at different science contests and/or conferences, giving them the opportunity to add value to their CV.

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