[MARMAM] Research Assitants for Mediterranean bottlenose dolphin research

Bruno Diaz b_d_r_i at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 11 10:45:09 PDT 2007

Hi everyone,
  on behalf of the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI (www.thebdri.com), I am 
  pleased to announce that we are seeking four skilled research assistants for our 
  research projects in Sardinia, Italy. Using study techniques that neither harm nor 
  seriously disturb the animals, BDRI's researchers are engaged in the conduction of a 
  long term study about the ecology and behaviour of a Mediterranean bottlenose dolphin 
  population (Tursiops truncatus) along the north-eastern coast of Sardinia, as well as 
  collecting detailed information about their environment.
  Long-term monitoring of a population is not viewed as exciting science, but is absolutely 
  essential in order to estimate population trends and understand their causative factors. 
  Pressures of commercialism and larger scale tourism activities are now increasing along 
  the north eastern coast of Sardinia (Emerald Coast-Italy).
  The feeding opportunities for dolphins that are created by human activities have become 
  part of their culture, part of their habitat requirements, although studied dolphins are 
  capable of foraging on other food sources. The effects of fisheries management could 
  influence in bottlenose dolphins behaviour and social structure, and dolphins’ responses 
  to these closures should be investigated. 
  Sardinia Island is a marine biologist's paradise and the dolphin behaviour you will witness 
  is unsurpassed.  You will work in teams on two boats, one concentrating on dolphin 
  interaction with aquaculture and the other on behaviour and social structure. Behavioural 
  data will be collected during surveys and focal group follows, including digital video 
  Internships are offered on a competitive basis, at cost and provide invaluable exposure 
  to boat based field work, the Mediterranean coastal environment, dolphins research, 
  intensive training and mentoring in marine ecology, and encouragement to work and play 
  hard! Internships can be used for academic or vocational purposes, but interns are 
  solely responsible for making all arrangements for receiving relevant credit(s) as a result 
  of completing the internship.
  We are currently recruiting to fill 2 vacancies as Dolphin Research Assistants (DRA) for 
  the 2007 Fall and Winter. There is no cost to participate in the research project. 
  However, participants will be required to pay 200 € per week to cover accommodation 
  and base food costs as both researches and volunteers cook communally. Moreover, it 
  is necessary for research assistants to cover their own transportation to and from the 
  research camp on Golfo Aranci (Sardinia Island), personal items, or special dietary 
  We seek hard-working, team oriented people who play well with others.  We are entirely 
  weather driven and take every opportunity the weather provides, often going offshore 
  early in the morning and coming in after dark. You should be comfortable with standing in 
  a boat for up to 11 hours non-stop while looking for dolphins through binoculars and 
  recording data. We may be stranded onshore for days on end during bad weather.  You 
  will also be expected to work endless hours identifying dolphins and entering data into a 
  computer database. We will also send you a Photo-Id catalogue with over 60 dorsal fins 
  and expect to learn to distinguish them before the study. 
  There is no deadline to apply. However, approved applications are accepted on a 
  first-come, first serve basis. Apply early! 
  If you are interested and have the required experience and skills, please provide a CV 
  and contact information for references and send your application to info at thebdri.com. 
  Visit http://thebdri.com/resources/downloads/infointernships.pdf to download more 
  information on dolphin research internships in Aranci Bay and how to get there.
Recent selected scientific publications by BDRI:
  1. Díaz López B. and Shiray, J.A., 2007. "Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) presence and incidental capture in a marine fish farm on the noth-eastern coast of Sardinia (Italy)" Journal of Marine Biological Association U.K, 87, 113-117 
  2. Díaz López, B. and Shiray, J.A., 2007. "Human activities and bottlenose dolphin's social structure". Oral communication presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, San Sebastián, Spain, 2007.
  3. Underhill, K., Díaz López, B., and Shiray, J.A., 2007."Boat traffic effects on the diving behaviour of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Sardinia, Italy". Poster presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, San Sebastián, Spain, 2007.
  4. Díaz López, B., 2006. "Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Predation on a Marine Fin Fish Farm: Some Underwater Observations". Aquatic Mammals 32(3): 305 - 310 pp.
  5. Díaz López, B. & Bernal Shiray, J.A., in press. "Estudio multiescalar de la influencia de la acuicultura en la presencia de delfines mulares Tursiops truncatus (Montagu 1821)". CIVA, 2006, 282 - 290pp.
  6. Díaz López, B., 2006. "Interactions between Mediterranean bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and gillnets off Sardinia". ICES Journal of Marine Science 63: 944-951 pp. 
  7. Díaz López, B. & Bernal Shiray, J.A., 2006. “Diurnal & Nocturnal behaviour of bottlenose dolphin groups with emphasis on foraging activity on the northeastern coast of Sardinia (Italy)”. 20th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society 2006 – Gdynia, Polonia. 
  8. Bernal Shiray, J. A., Díaz López, B., Méndez Fernández, P., Bilbao Prieto, A. & Díaz da Silva, J.I., 2006. "Analysis of diving behaviour of a solitary male bottlenose dolphin in the inshore waters of Galicia (Spain)" 20th Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society 2006 – Gdynia, Polonia. 
  9. Díaz López, B., 2005. Interactions between bottlenose dolphins with trammel nets in the Sardinia Island. ICES Document CM 2005/X 1. 
  10. Díaz López, B., 2005. Interaction between bottlenose dolphins and fish farms: could there be an economic impact? ICES Document CM 2005/X 10. 
  11. Díaz López, B., Marini, L., Polo, F., 2005. The impact of a fish farm on a bottlenose dolphin population in the Mediterranean Sea. Thalassas An international Journal of Marine Sciences, 2005, 21 (2): 53-58. 
  12. Díaz López, B. & Shiray, A., 2005. Analysis of diving behaviour on bottlenose dolphins studied in the inshore waters of Sardinia. Talk presented at the “6º Convegno Nazionale sui Cetacei e sulle Tartarughe Marine”. November. Comune di Sperlonga (LT), Italy. 
  13. Díaz López, B., 2005 & Shiray, A., 2005. A survey of anti-bottlenose dolphin control at marine fish farm. Talk presented at the “6º Convegno Nazionale sui Cetacei e sulle Tartarughe Marine”. November. Comune di Sperlonga (LT), Italy. 

Bruno Díaz López
Research Biologist / Marine Zoologist
Chief Researcher
The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI
V.Armando Diaz Nº4 07020 Golfo Aranci (SS) Italy
info at thebdri.com
Tel: + (39) 346 0815414
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