Master-Arbeit: Monachus monachus

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Master-Arbeit: Monachus monachus

Beitrag von ClaudiaBryozoa » 13 Dez 2012 14:35

The impact of human exploitation on the global distribution, abundance and behaviour of the Mediterranean monk seal, Monachus monachus Lundi décembre 10, 2012
Title : The impact of human exploitation on the global distribution, abundance and behaviour of the Mediterranean monk seal, Monachus monachus

Internship level: Postgraduate level (for someone with a BSc degree), can be a non-obligatory internship (e.g. césure), can be an M1/M2 but not in the 2013 academic year (cannot start before May 2013).
Duration: flexible, preferably 2-4 months
Dates: flexible, but the earliest it can start is May 2013

Institution :
Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive
CNRS-CEFE UMR5175, 1919 Route de Mende, 34293 Montpellier Cedex 5, France
Tel/Fax : 04 67 61 32 01 / 04 67 61 33 36

Supervisor : MONSARRAT Sophie,; 04 67 61 32 69
Co-supervisor : RODRIGUES Ana,; 04 67 61 33 22

The impacts of humans on marine ecosystems started millennia ago, but because they happened gradually over very long periods and with little recorded evidence, their full scale has only recently begun to be understood. The MORSE project ( is reviewing historical and pre-historical records to quantify the full impact of humans on the abundances and distribution of marine mammal species, in order to inform future conservation strategies.
The Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus) was reportedly abundant across the Mediterranean and Black Seas, and in the adjacent Atlantic Ocean, congregating on open beaches for their reproduction. Exploited for millennia for its skin and oil, it has progressively declined to almost complete disappearance. Today, with less than 500 individuals remaining in just a few breeding colonies in remote caves, it is one of the rarest and most threatened mammal species on the planet, classified as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Nature Conservation.
The objective of this internship is to map and quantify the human impact on the distribution, population, and habitat selection of the Mediterranean monk seal. It is an interdisciplinary project at the interface between biological conservation and history.
This is a desk-based project, without field work. The student will be provided with a desk and a computer. Geographic information systems and a SQL database will be used to organise the collected data. The student will be integrated within a dynamic and supportive research team in a leading scientific research lab.

Required skills:
- A solid basis in ecology and/or history (minimum L3)
- A high level of rigour and attention to detail.
- Good capacity of integration in a research team
- A good level of English

Preferred skills:
- Experience in GIS and/or database management
- Experience in the analysis of historical documents
- Relevant language skills (e.g. Arabian, Portuguese, Italian, Turkish)

This project is part of a broader, fully-funded, ANR project. The student will be paid around 430€ per month. Funding is available for data collection missions (e.g., visiting experts or museums) and for the attendance of an international conservation conference.

Interested candidates should send a CV and cover letter to Sophie MONSARRAT (
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Re: Master-Arbeit: Monachus monachus

Beitrag von Dr. Robert Hofrichter » 15 Dez 2012 14:11

Mit denen muss ich gleich Kontakt aufnehmen... 8) Ich schreibe gerade das Kapitel Mönchsrobbe für Das Mittelmeer...
Die ... Begeisterung, die wir beim Betrachten der Natur empfinden, ist eine Erinnerung an die Zeit, da wir Tiere, Bäume, Blumen und Erde waren ... das Wissen um unser Einssein mit allem, was die Zeit vor uns verborgen hält. Leo N. Tolstoi


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