[MARMAM] Training Course about vocalizations and diving behaviour of free ranging wild bottlenose dolphins

Bruno Diaz bruno_daz2000 at yahoo.es
Sun May 28 23:44:22 PDT 2006

  This research course, organized by BDRI (Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute), offers an opportunity for enthusiastic and motivated individuals to obtain field and laboratory training in methodology and analysis for the study of bottlenose dolphin vocalizations and diving behaviour under the mentorship of BDRI's researchers.
  PLACE: GOLFO ARANCI (north-eastern Sardinia - Italy) where since 1991 the Non-profit "Accademia del Leviatano" and Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI have carried out a long term study about this coastal resident population. 
  This course will explore the relationship between dolphin vocalizations and behavior. Visual observations on the behaviour of coastal bottlenose dolphins are often obscured by the turbidity of coastal water conditions, the substantial amount of time these dolphins spend submerged, and by the darkness of nocturnal periods.
  In contrast, dolphin vocalizations may be monitored and recorded under a wide range of water conditions, when dolphins are at the surface or submerged, and at night. If a relationship between dolphin vocalizations and behavior can be documented, then vocal activity may be used to provide access to important behavioral processes under a broader range of environmental and daytime conditions. 
  The recognition of individual animals can be used as a tool for the descriptions of diving behaviour (surfacing cycles), and their correlation to general behaviour patterns such feeding, travelling, socializing, resting. 
  LANGUAGES: English, Spanish or Italian.
  DATES: 10 - 15 July, 31 July - 05 August, 14 - 19 August, 30 October - 04 November
  PRICE: 450 Euro. The course fee will cover you for full board (all your accommodation and food costs in the base), seminars fee, and ALL associated field costs during your stay with us. You'll simply need to arrange your own travel itinerary to us in Golfo Aranci - Olbia (Sardinia) (see How to reach the BDRI in our website: 
  If you are interested in the course, or for further information, please visit our website or feel free to contact us:
  Email: B_D_R_I at yahoo.com
  Tel: + 39 346 0815414

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