Embark on a Marine Mammal Research Expedition with the Louis M. Herman Research Scholarship

Are you a young researcher passionate about unraveling the mysteries of marine mammals’ cognitive abilities or intrigued by the complexities of whales and dolphins’ behavioral ecology? Fascinated by the intricate vocal displays of humpback whales? The Louis M. Herman Research Scholarship, established in honor of the esteemed Dr. Louis M. Herman, presents a golden opportunity for budding scientists to delve into groundbreaking research in these fascinating fields. 

One of BCSS’s research vessels Expedition 002, is fully equipped for advanced marine mammal research expeditions. Photo by Orlando Miranda & Salvador Colvee

Applicants for the Louis M. Herman Research Scholarship can tap into the BCSS offerings, coupling their investigations with the station’s ocean observatory data and research logistics assistance.

Dr. Louis M. Herman, an Emeritus Professor renowned for his pioneering studies on dolphin sensory perception, cognition, and humpback whale behavior, left an indelible mark on marine mammal science. To carry forward his legacy, the Louis M. Herman Research Scholarship welcomes applications every two years, with the upcoming 2024 award set at USD $6,000. 

The Bazaruto Archipelago and surroundings are home to four species of dolphin, humpback whales, false killer whales, orcas and pilot whales.

Explore an opportunity to conduct research using the exceptional facilities of the BCSS as your ground handler. BCSS stands as a beacon of support for scientific inquiry, offering a myriad of services including consultancy, logistical assistance, and specialized training. This research facility operates on sustainability principles, providing visiting scientists access to fully equipped laboratories and facilities conducive to advancing marine science.

Applicants for the Louis M. Herman Research Scholarship can tap into the BCSS offerings, coupling their investigations with the station’s ocean observatory data and research logistics assistance. Our resources and collected through time-series monitoring including recordings from static soundtraps data may contribute towards a comprehensive and impactful study

Located on Benguerra Island, BCSS field station provides high quality and comfortable lodgings and facilities for scientists and researchers from around the globe.

The eligibility criteria for the scholarship include graduate students and recent Masters or PhD graduates within the last three years. Mozambican nationals are strongly encouraged to get in touch with BCSS to investigate co-funding opportunities.  

The application deadline for the Louis M. Herman Research Scholarship is Monday, February 5, 2024 (midnight UTC).  

Dr. Louis M. Herman’s legacy continues to inspire future generations of marine mammal researchers. Be a part of this legacy and advance our knowledge of these incredible creatures by applying for the Louis M. Herman Research Scholarship for collecting your data in the biodiverse waters of Mozambique. Apply now and set sail on a transformative scientific expedition with BCSS as your guide and ally. 

For more information, details and criteria regarding The Louis M. Herman Research Scholarship application, please click the button below.

For questions about this article, please contact:
Ekaterina Kalashnikova, Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies
ekaterina.kalashnikova@bcssmz.org

Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies
Host of the first permanent Ocean Observatory focused on multi-ecosystem time series research in Africa, the Bazaruto Center for Scientific Studies (BCSS) was established in 2017 as in independent, non-profit organisation with a mission to protect and support the fragile ecosystems of the Bazaruto Archipelago, Mozambique. The research station is located on Benguerra Island, off the coast of Mozambique.

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