This module will take place over a four week period, beginning on 20 March 2018 and concluding on 17 April. The module is open to a maximum of 12 participants, and provides learners with the detailed practical knowledge and skills necessary to design and implement offshore biological sampling and data collection. There will be a wide number of topics covered in the short course, including, but not limited to: Sampling and data collection campaign design and planning, environmental impacts of marine industries, and accoustic methods for detection, identification and surveying marine mammals.
Upon completion of the course, participants will have the ability to operate software for marine mammal detection, demonstrate visual surveying methods and ID skills for marine mammals, demonstrate surveying and data colleciton methodologies for marine birds, amongst other abilities. Assessment is based on the completion of a cruise report for the training survey by the end of week four. Applicants should have a primary or postgraduate degree in a marine-related science or have significant professional interest in marine data collection.