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GCOOS Seeks Marine Mammal Biologist

Posted: August 13, 2023
Category: Featured News , News of Note

GCOOS is seeking a highly motivated and skilled marine mammal biologist interested in contributing to the understanding of marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico as part of the team of our CETACEAN Project with NOAA. This project seeks the integration of a database useful in supporting plans and performance tracking of population restoration efforts during the next several years.

The marine mammal biologist will work closely with the Project Manager and Data Management and Cyberinfrastructure Team to discover, gather, explore, and curate data to create an offshore whale and dolphin species geodatabase that will be used by NOAA to track progress and challenges towards restoration of populations in the Gulf of Mexico.

This is an ideal role for someone with a solid background in marine mammal biology, ecology, health, data science and/or management training and experience. The marine mammal biologist responsibilities will include:

  • Discovering available data (primary data types in this project are population, environment/habitat, and threats);
  • Identifying priorities within different data types and databases;
  • Reviewing suitability of data for contributing to project objectives;
  • Developing collaboration agreements with data providers;
  • Reviewing and implementing exploratory data analysis, and QA/QC datasets
  • Additional skills and experience in project management, project communication, data science and GIS, and ability to work cooperatively will be appreciated.

This is a grant-funded, two-year remote-work contract position that offers competitive compensation commensurate with experience.

Image caption: Scientists were thrilled to sight Rice’s whales during the NOAA Southeast 2023 Vessel Surveys For Abundance and Distribution of Marine Mammals and Seabirds project. The estimated population of this species is  fewer than 100 individuals. Image credit: NOAA Fisheries/ Felipe Triana (photo taken under permit #21938).

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