Subject: Internship

Lindsay J Porter (H9390327@hkucc.hku.hk)
Thu, 3 Jul 1997 11:07:13 +0800

>Dr. Porter,
>
>			I am currently a marine science major looking for unique intership
possibilities. I am interested in the study of sea lions. whales and
dolphins. ( as you can see no specific species has caught my interest)
Please note : I AM WILLING TO DO ANYTHING!! My particular interest is work
on research vessels or land expeditions. Also let me stress: I AM WILLING TO
WORK FOR FREE OR AT LEST ROOM AND BOARD!! I am currently working on my PADI
SCUBA certification and have 13 years of competitive swimming under my belt.
Any information or advise that you may have to offer is greatly welcomed.
Thank you for your time, Pamela Dean
>
Dear Pamela,
Always difficult to know how to get into the small but competitive marine
mammal field.  On the internet news group - MARMAM - there are often
internships and other voluntary (or low paid) positions advertised - joining
this may be a good way to start finding out what jobs are available.
Additionally - most marine mammal research groups associated with higher
education have a system of internships - our own  one here in Hong KOng, for
example, takes on students from the three Universities that we have
established a tripartite agreement with.  I am unsure from your message
where you are based - so do not know who's research group is nearest to you.
I suggest you find out where and the nearest group is and what they
specialise in and ask if there is any way that you can get involved in their
work.

Information on marmam follows - after which I have pasted the most recent
"volunteers wanted"  posting from MARMAM

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  1. What is MARMAM?
  2. What types of messages are posted to MARMAM?
  3. How do I post messages to the list?
  4. How do I reply to individual subscribers?
  5. How do I subscribe/unsubscribe/temporarily signoff?
  6. How do I receive MARMAM postings as a single daily digest
      rather than as individual messages?
  7. How do I retrieve messages previously sent to MARMAM?
  8. How do I find out who subscribes to MARMAM?
  9. How do I get help using listserver commands?
  10. Why was my message not posted to MARMAM?
  11. Why did my MARMAM subscription stop?
  12. Who do I contact with my questions or concerns?
___________________________________________________________________

1. WHAT IS MARMAM?

    MARMAM is an edited e-mail discussion list devoted to topics
in marine mammal research and conservation, established in August
1993. As of March 1997 there were about 2,500 subscribers from
50 different countries. Anyone may subscribe to the list.


2. WHAT TYPES OF MESSAGES ARE POSTED TO MARMAM?

    A wide spectrum of message types are found on MARMAM, all
related to marine mammal research and/or conservation. Commonly
seen messages include requests for information regarding current
or recent research projects, publications, or research techniques;
current or previously unreported unusual news events, meeting
announcements, job or volunteer opportunities, abstracts from
scientific papers or reports, and books/techniques/products
announcements. "Casual" requests for information, news reports of
common events (e.g. strandings of common species of cetaceans),
requests for volunteer positions/employment, opinion
statements offering little or no novel arguments, and humourous
anecdotes are examples of messages not posted to the list.


3. HOW DO I POST MESSAGES TO THE LIST?

    All messages meant for MARMAM subscribers should be sent to
marmam@uvvm.uvic.ca.
    Messages should include the sender's name and e-mail address
within the body of the text, and a detailed subject heading.


4. HOW DO I REPLY TO INDIVIDUAL SUBSCRIBERS?

    Messages meant soley for a particular subscriber and not for
MARMAM may be sent directly to that subscriber using his or her
e-mail address, which will appear in the header of the message
and/or in the body of the message. Subscribers are asked to include
their e-mail address within the body of their messages, as not all
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will reply to MARMAM, not to the intended recipient. Please check
your header when using the 'reply' option.*


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    All messages not meant for MARMAM subscribers should be sent
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To subscribe, send a message to listserv@uvvm.uvic.ca which says:
  subscribe marmam Yourfirstname Yourlastnamename

To unsubscribe, send the message:
  signoff marmam

If you want to temporarily discontinue your subscription without
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  set marmam nomail

to continue it, send the message:
  set marmam mail


6. HOW DO I RECEIVE MARMAM POSTINGS AS A SINGLE DAILY DIGEST, RATHER
THAN AS INDIVIDUAL MESSAGES?

    To receive marmam messages daily as a single file, send the
message:
  set marmam digests
to listserv@uvvm.uvic.ca. To change this setting to individual
messages, send the message:
  set marmam mail


7. HOW DO I RETRIEVE MESSAGES PREVIOUSLY SENT TO MARMAM?

    All MARMAM messages are archived and are retrievable by
sending the message:
  get marmam logxxyy
to the listserver, where xx = year and yy = month (e.g. get
marmam log9601).

    As of Nov. 28 1996 all MARMAM messages have also been
archived on the world-wide web.  These can be found at:

MARMAM@uvvm.uvic.ca">http://www.reference.com/cgi-bin/pn/listarch?list=MARMAM@uvvm.uvic.ca

This archive can be searched by keyword or by date.  The archive
manager is Quyen Lam <qxl@reference.com>


8. HOW DO I FIND OUT WHO SUBSCRIBES TO MARMAM?

    A list, sorted by country, of all current subscribers to the
list may be retrieved along with their e-mail address' by sending
the command:
  review marmam country
to listserv@uvvm.uvic.ca. Subscribers not wanting this information
available to others can send the command:
  set marmam conceal
to listserv@uvvm.uvic.ca.

    The list of subscribers can then be imported into a spreadsheet
or wordprocessing package where a "find" command can be used to
locate a particular subscriber.


9. HOW DO I GET HELP USING LISTSERVER COMMANDS?

    A list of common commands for different listserver functions
(subscribing, retrieving files, etc.) is obtainable by sending
the message:
  help
to listserv@uvvm.uvic.ca. A more detailed list of listserver
commands may be obtained by sending the message:
  info refcard
to listserv@uvvm.uvic.ca


10. WHY WAS MY MESSAGE NOT POSTED TO MARMAM?

    MARMAM is an edited discussion list. Senders of messages are
not notified upon rejection of their message nor provided individual
reasons why their message was not posted to the list. However,
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1) OFF TOPIC. Messages which do not pertain specifically to marine
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2) 'CASUAL' REQUEST. Messages which request information which is
readily available from other sources, such as your average uni-
versity library, are not posted to the list. A specific request,
with a brief description of what the information is to be used for,
is most likely to stimulate feedback from other subscribers.

3) JOB/VOLUNTEER POSITION/INTERNSHIP WANTED. Requests for
employment or volunteer opportunities are not posted to the list.
Persons seeking such positions are encouraged to monitor MARMAM for
opportunities, which they can apply to directly. Students
interested in careers in marine mammal science are encouraged to
consult the Society for Marine Mammalogy's 'Strategies for Pursuing
a Career in Marine Mammal Science', which can be found at the
Society for Marine Mammalogy's website:
http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~smm/strat.htm

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Exceptions include event-related postings, such as conference
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messages to the list, or to review recent archived messages, to
reduce the number of duplicative submissions.

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justifying the request and demonstrating that available means
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12. WHO DO I CONTACT WITH MY QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS?

   Questions and concerns about MARMAM can be sent to the list
editors (Robin Baird, Sascha Hooker, Sara Ellis or Kerry Irish) at
marmamed@uvic.ca
______________________________________________________________________

** The MARMAM FAQ can also be found at the website:
                 http://is.dal.ca/~whitelab/marmam.htm **

Updated 16 May 1997.


>Volunteers Needed for Bottlenose Dolphin Research Project for July and
>August 1997
>
>        I'm a University of Miami Graduate student researching bottlenose
>dolphins in Jacksonville, FL.  Boat-based photo-identification and
>behavioral surveys are conducted twice weekly.  If you are interested in
>learning how to study free-ranging dolphins and what to do with the data
>once it is collected please e-mail me.
>
>
>For More Information Please Contact:
>        Marthajane Caldwell
>        University of Miami
>
>
>E-mail:  caldwell@pop.jaxnet.com
>
>Snail-mail:    Marthajane Caldwell
>                        4837 Dunn Ave.
>                        Jacksonville, FL  32218
All best wishes

Lindsay J Porter
email h9390327@hkucc.hku.hk
Dolphin Research Group
The Swire Institute of Marine Science
The University of Hong Kong
Cape d'Aguilar
Shek O
Hong Kong