The Shallow Marine Surveys Group
conducts research through diving and exploration in the South Atlantic. Founded in 2006, we are a group of marine scientists, dive enthusiasts, and volunteers from the local community, all with a desire to contribute towards high quality marine ecological science, inshore resource assessments, conservation and education. Based in the Falkland Islands, we operate throughout the Falklands archipelago and the South Atlantic; most recently South Georgia, Ascension Island, St Helena Islands, and Tristan da Cunha.
SMSG welcomes contact from local and international organisations who wish to collaborate on marine research or seek advice on the logistics of research in the South Atlantic. We also invite contact from postgraduate students who may be considering proposals for research in inshore marine ecological studies.
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Job Opportunity in the Falkland Islands.
Project Manager - Marine Ecologist (Falkland Cetaceans)
Closing Date 20 May 2016
This position will co-ordinate the Darwin Plus funded ‘Dolphins of the kelp: Data priorities for Falklands inshore cetaceans’. A project which is being delivered by SAERI in collaboration with 5 partner organisations: Falklands Conservation, Austral Biodiversity Ltd, Shallow Marine Surveys Group (SMSG), Oregon State University and University of St. Andrews.
The Falklands near-shore waters host a unique community of Commerson’s and Peale’s dolphins that exhibit a sympatric co-occurrence and apparent year-round reliance on coastal kelp forests. Despite both species being recognised as of conservation concern under international, regional and national plans relatively little is known about their populations or biology and hence vulnerability to anthropogenic threats.
The aim of the project is to establish baseline data on the abundance, distribution, natural history and genetic diversity of the Falklands inshore cetacean populations to provide a scientific basis for conservation and ecosystem-based marine management initiatives.