Galapagos seabirds

Subject: Galapagos seabirds
Date: Fri, 5 May 95 23:19 SAST
I'm interested in finding people who have been studying or are interested
in the seabirds of the Galapagos Islands, in particular, blue-footed boobies.
I'm a bit nervous subscribing to this listserver since I'm really a math
professor disguised as a statistician, further disguised as a biology-type. 
But I went back and read some archives of Seabird, and everyone seemed friendly
enough to ask for assistance.

I am leaving for my third trip to the Galapagos in two weeks - the last two
trips having been field studies with faculty and students of the Biology
Department of my home institution, Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate
New York (USA).  I have become fascinated with everything about the islands,
but in particular am interested in doing a statistical study (no, I am not a
statistician, but I learn fast) on intensity of coloration of blue-footed booby
feet and its implications for breeding.  I'll be working with a biologist on
this (but she has never been to the islands before).  I've been doing reading
about other research on bird reaction to and preference for bright or 
intense color, but am looking for any other places, people, readings, etc. that
subscribers can point me towards. 

My two previous jaunts to the Galapagos were really just learning experiences
for me, but this one will hopefully yield a lot of data which we can bring back
to RIT and analyze.  Before I set my final plans for data gathering, I
would also be grateful for suggestions, warnings, etc. since I'm not a
biologist (or "real" scientist) by training, but rather a mathematician (wasn't
mathematics one of the original liberal arts?) who is pulling together
conflicting elements of professional work and newly acquired passions.


Marcia Birken, Professor
Dept. of Mathematics and Statistics
Rochester Institute of Technology
85 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623   USA
phone: 001-716-475-6832
fax:   001-716-475-5766

From  Sat, 6 May 95 03:25 SAST
Date: Sat, 6 May 95 03:25 SAST
From:  (Henrik Moller)
Subject: PhDs/postdoc for seabird harvest research

Dear folks

I am beginning a 10 year study of sooty shearwater (Puffinus griseus)
harvests by Maori at islands off southern New Zealand, and parallel studies
for restoration of mainland New Zealand colonies (which are threatened by
introduced predators).

I need to find 1 or 2 PhD (or perhaps MSc) students to continue the work,
and a post-doc to help co-ordinate the overall programme.

I still have little money to gaurentee scholarships or post-doc salaries,
but if I can secure some likely and high quality candidates it will help
the chase to get the funds.

If you would be interested in such a study (involving population ecology,
some behavioural work, or potential socio-ecological study of the Maori
titi harvesters) starting early in 1996 please contact me with your CV and
likely start times (either by Email or post to Zoology Dept., University of
Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand.)..

I would be grateful if supervisors or scientists engaged in seabird
research and management could draw this notice to the attention of up and
coming students, or those seeking post-docs in the near future.

Many thanks in advance,

Henrik Moller.

Dr. Henrik Moller
Co-Director, Diploma in Wildlife Management
Zoology Department
Univeristy of Otago
Po Box 56
New Zealand
Ph:  64-3-479-7998
Fax: 64-3-479-7584

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