The 2013 call for applications for the Applied Marine Biological Sampling and Data Collection Course is now open.
The course features four days of intensive offshore training on the national research vessel RV Celtic Voyager and the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group’s vessel the Celtic Mist in waters south of Cork and the Shannon Estuary. Seagoing surveys are supported by three days of preparatory laboratory practicals, lectures and demonstrations in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). All other elements of the module are accomplished through distance learning using online resources. Module participants receive advanced training in ship-based Marine Biological Sampling and Data Collection, the rationale behind them and underlying legislative and ecosystem imperatives. Topics addressed include:
· Fisheries catch and bycatch identification and recording
· Seabird surveying and recording methodologies
· Visual and bioacoustic surveying and recording methodologies for cetaceans
· Benthic bycatch sampling, recording and sample preservation
Collecting oceanographic data for environmental perameters
· Data handling and storage
The course is designed for graduates and researchers who wish to gain practical skills and experience in offshore sampling and data collection, as well as those involved in marine agencies and industry, as part of continuous professional development (CPD). Completion of the module results in 5 ECTS at level 9. Instruction is by key academic staff of GMIT, SMART and marine industry personnel with extensive track records in the disciplines addressed. The course fee is €750.
Module requirements are an honours degree in a marine science related discipline, participation in postgraduate studies or research, or significant professional experience. Places are restricted to 20 and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.
A module descriptor and instructor biographies may be downloaded at the end of this page. Applications should be submitted online through:
Shiptime for the Applied Marine Biological and Data Collection course is carried out under the Sea Change strategy with the support of the Marine Institute and the Marine Research Sub-programme of the National Development Plan 2007–2013.