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Sharklife Post Grad Studies

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Overview:


Through its post-graduate program Sharklife aims to augment its research goals by connecting with a global network of upcoming scientists. Projects are conservation focused, designed to fill knowledge gaps and inform management policies. 

 

Prerequisites:


Students having a bachelors degree must be enrolled at a university with a supervisor. Depending on the topic a suitable co-supervisor can be sourced through the Sharklife network. 

Project Co-Supervisors and Collaborators:

  • Dr. Jennifer Olbers - WildOceans
  • Dr. Lauren De Vos - WildOceans
  • Dr. Ant Bernard - SAIAB
  • Mr. Geremy Cliff - Natal Sharks Board
  • Mr. Craig Mulqueeny - KZN Wildlife
  • Prof. Ronel Nel - Nelson Mandela University
  • Ms. Michelle Carpenter PhD(c) - University of Cape Town

 

Current Projects:


Current projects will fall under the broader scope of the Sharklife Elasmobranch Assessment Study, there are numerous studies for development, so depending on your area of interest a project topic can be outlined and and available data assessed. 

 

Elasmobranch Assessment Study (see full outline here)

The study objectives are to assess elasmobranch species within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park:

  • diversity
  • relative abundance
  • distribution patterns
  • habitat associations
  • sizes

 

 Working Title: Student Name:  Level: Institution: Primary Method:  Status: 
Investigating the influence of abiotic parameters on sightings of
Carcharhinus humani in the Sodwana Diving Restricted Zone.
 Nico Booyens Honors  UKZN Mono Bruvs In Progress

Elasmobranch species abundance and diversity

(iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Area 1)

Laylaa Sampaio MSc UKZN Stereo Bruvs In Progress

Influence of habitat and depth in elasmobranch communities 

(iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Area 2)

Jessica Ferrera MSc Univ. Aveiro Stereo Bruvs Start Scheduled 2022

Habitat associations and seasonal abundance of elasmobranchs

(iSimangaliso Wetland Park, Area 1/2)

Julie Alberts MSc Univ. Miami Stereo Bruvs In Progress

Movement and Distribution patterns of ragged-tooth sharks

(iSimangaliso Wetland Park)

Sara Cerqueira MSc Univ. Aveiro UVC/Stereo DOV Start Scheduled 2021

Abundance and population structure of stingrays (myliobatiformes)

(iSimangaliso Wetland Park)

Silvia Leva MSc Univ. Millano UVC/Stereo DOV Start Scheduled 2022
 

Program Dates: 


Depending on your project and data collection requirements you will need between 3 - 6 months. Start dates will also be relevant to your studies seasonality requirements and tailored to your project. 

 

Costs:


3 Month - $3995 USD

4 Month - $5295 USD

5 Month - $6595 USD

6 Month - $5995 USD

 

Included:

The majority of the program cost goes towards the implementation of your research project.

  • Airport transfers 
  • Private room
  • Dive gear
  • On-site supervisor and mentor
  • Office and communication expenses
  • Data collection field trips and support
  • Basic research equipment (gopros, bruv stations, temp loggers, current meters, etc)

Excluded:

  • Scuba Courses: (PADI OW $350 or PADI ADV $250) 
  • Flights 
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals *
  • Vaccinations 
  • Weekend Activities: These can be scuba diving or field trips

*Meals - The research camp has a fully equipped kitchen where you can prepare your meals and there are daily trips to the local supermarket where you can purchase food.  Alternatively, there is a restaurant on site where you can order lunch and dinner from a large menu. 


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