FIELD ECOLOGISTS

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2216
7 Days
Availability : 2 May - 31 October
Maratea
Maratea
Min Age : 16
Max People : 10

High quality formation course about monitoring and analysis techniques used in the long-term Policastro Gulf marine and terrestrial fauna and habitat monitoring project. Statistics, modelling and bioacoustics practices is the fundamental part of this course.

The course will follow a weekly program, which activities are weather forecast-dependent.

  • DAY 1
    • Welcoming
    • Introduction to marine and terrestrial ecosystems
    • Ice-breaking appetizer
  • DAY 2
    • Sea sampling (behavioural and bioacoustics data collecting)
    • Geodataset creation and managingt
  • DAY 3
    • Land sampling (fauna and habitat transect)
    • Modelling software practice
  • DAY 4
    • Sea sampling (marine debris monitoring))
    • Land sampling (bat detector practice)
  • DAY 5
    • Sea monitoring (PhotoID introduction and fishery activity monitoring)
    • Bioacoustics software practice
  • DAY 6
    • Sea sampling (PhotoID)
    • Photo analysis and fin catalogue creation
  • DAY 7
    • River sampling and anthropogenic impact analysis
    • Statistics software practice
    • Typical dinner

Fee includes:

  • Accommodation to  Hotel Residence DOMUS (no sheets and towels provided)
  • Basic food (pasta, oil, salt, tomato sauce, etc…)
  • Fieldwork expenses (boat renting, fuel, etc…)
  • Professional formation provided by Ecomodel experts

Fee DOESN’T include:

  • Extra food
  • Restaurant meals
  • Personal expenses (es. souvenir)
  • Travel to Maratea


PARTECIPATION CONDITIONS

  • Minimum age 16 years
  • Good physical conditions and no strong seasickness
  • Adaptable and prone to work in team
ATTENDANCE CERTIFICATE WILL BE RELEASED AT THE END OF THE WEEK

If you need extra-credits, please check the feasibility with your school/university BEFORE the arrival in Italy and remember that Ecomodel is a private innovative start-up.

Information about visa and other documentation can be found independently on the Italian embassy website.

EQUIPMENT

  • Binoculars (recommended model)
  • Digital watch
  • Reflex camera, minimum 55-300mm lens and 64Gb SD card
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Work gloves
  • Swiss knife
  • Non-slip shoes
  • Trekking boots
  • Trekking gear
  • Waterproof trousers and jacket
  • Headlight
  • Work gloves
  • Binoculars

PERSONAL COMPUTER IS REQUIRED FOR SOFTWARE PRACTICES

SOME ADVICES

  • Cooperate: fieldwork could be more fun with teamwork! We recommend to create this bond since the beginning! We will create a Whatsapp group, in order to put all the participants in contact and decide how to reach Maratea together!
  • Keep a fieldwork journal: the fieldwork is a stimulating environment, maybe a little detail may bring to a ground-breaking idea!
  • Travel light: Spaces are limited and shared with other people. Take with you the bare minimum to fieldwork and some fun-time, especially in summer.
  • Adapt: unexpected events are routine in wildlife work. Be prepared to come back to HQ sooner or later than expected, or stay at home because the weather. Keep this in mind when prepare your field bag!
  • Questioning: o ask, to guess, to doubt is totally normal, so don’t be afraid to speak up! If it’s not possible to answer in that moment you can write your question on your journal and ask it later.
  • Don’t be shy!:improve your interpersonal skills by interacting with locals, which are the most important piece of each wildlife research. They know better than anyone the situation and they can give you some interesting advices and information for future development of your research. If you don’t speak Italian, don’t worry: somehow Italians will make themselves understandable. Also, our team members are all English speakers, they can translate for you!
  • Create a network: those kinds of experience are ideal chance to know new people to collaborate with, one day.
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