Marine Biology and Bird Migration Internship – Tarifa 2016

SCHEME: PSP-Classic

CALL: 2015

DOMAIN: SR - Environmental and Earth Sciences

FIRST NAME: Therese

LAST NAME: Kremer

INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIP / PPP: No

INDUSTRY / PPP PARTNER:

HOST INSTITUTION: Athenée de Luxembourg

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START: 2016-07-21

END: 2016-07-28

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Submitted Abstract

The Tarifa 2016 research internship aims to offer undergraduate students a unique opportunity to explore the biodiversity of the strait of Gibraltar and participate actively in ongoing research projects. The participants are students from grade 12 attending an international class at the Athénée de Luxembourg. During one week, they will learn how to identify animals and plants in the intertidal zone, on the beach, in sand dunes, as well as at sea. They will be taught how to recognize and interpret different cetaceans behaviors they will have recorded using a digital video camera and to identify individual dolphins and whales using photo-identification techniques and a 10 year old catalogue of the research team. The collaboration with different experts (MIGRES, Turmares, reptile experts,…) will provide the students with a lot of input from different fields of research. The students will be participating actively in research projects, thus creating a personal engagement. In preparation of the trip, students will be taught the basics of ecology and marine biology at school and they will prepare presentations on specific subjects, that will be presented to the group during the trip.The main goals of this internship is 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. The participants will be asked to process the data and present it at school and they will be encouraged to participate with their data in science contests and/or conferences, giving them the opportunitsy to add value to their CV.

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