BACKGROUND: Are you interested in the neuroscience and behaviors of deep diving marine mammals? I am! I’m looking for help characterizing the rest behavior of elephant seals, specifically with analyzing video and motion sensor data from sleep studies of elephant seals.

INTERN DUTIES: The data has been collected already, but there may also be some opportunities to help out with the animals in the field or at The Marine Mammal Center, where I perform some of my studies. Depending on your goals, this project could constitute enough for a peer reviewed publication and/or a presentation at a conference.

QUALIFICATIONS: Some background in biology would be helpful as well as a preliminary understanding of data processing softwares such as Excel or Matlab or R. However, I can provide all the training that is needed for this project. All that I ask is that the applicant is motivated, careful, and has a good attitude.

Should I Volunteer during Spring Quarter? Yes – Not required, however highly recommended

UC Santa Cruz Land Acknowledgement

The land from which we base our work is the unceded territory of the Awaswas-speaking Uypi Tribe. The Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, comprised of the descendants of indigenous people taken to missions Santa Cruz and San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast, is today working hard to restore traditional stewardship practices on these lands and heal from historical trauma.