[MARMAM] Bottlenose Dolphin Research Volunteers

Bruno Diaz b_d_r_i at yahoo.com
Sat Mar 17 01:21:02 PDT 2007

Dear Editors,
Please post the following...
Thank you!
Bottlenose Dolphin Research Volunteers in Sardinia
  The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI - www.thebdri.com) is a small private center for research, education, and training in bottlenose dolphins ecology and behaviour. 
  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). 
No specific experience is required to work as a volunteer with the BDRI. Volunteers are involved in all aspects of the research, and will receive full training in survey techniques. 
Volunteers will help measure different aspects of the dolphins’ behaviour by using a variety of instruments, to identify individuals, record behaviours and sounds. 
a.. Minimum age of 18;
b.. A lot of motivation and interest in dolphin research
c.. The ability to work a flexible, full-time schedule;
d.. Enthusiasm, and the open-mindedness to work, live and communicate 
  with other people of mixed nationality and background.
• Get involved in bottlenose dolphin research
• Gain fieldwork experience
• Learn to use different research instruments: GPS, Hydrophone, Secchi 
  disk, digital camera, sonar, camcorder, anemometer, etc.
• Help advance our knowledge of bottlenose dolphins to improve their 
• Enjoy the outdoors of the beautiful Emerald Coast
• Meet interesting people
• Enjoy the culinary talents of BDRI's researchers and express your own.
The volunteer costs include training and all associated field costs during your stay with us, accommodations, three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner) at the research station where interns and research staff live together and are responsible for cooking and cleaning duties. Rooms are shared. Cost does not include transportation to and from the research camp on Golfo Aranci (Sardinia Island), personal items, or special dietary requirements.
Volunteering period can be used for academic or vocational purposes, but participants are solely responsible for making all arrangements for receiving relevant credit(s) as a result of completing the volunteering.
Further information, fees and how to apply can be found on our website (www.thebdri.com), by phoning BDRI on +39 346081541 or by e-mailing me at info at thebdri.com
  Recent selected scientific publications by BDRI:
  1. Díaz López et al., 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., 2006. "Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Predation on a Marine Fin Fish Farm: Some Underwater Observations". Aquatic Mammals 32(3): 305 - 310 pp.
  3. Díaz López, B. & Bernal Shiray, J.A., 2006. "Estudio multiescalar de la influencia de la acuicultura en la presencia de delfines mulares Tursiops truncatus (Montagu 1821)". CIVA, 2006, 282 - 290pp. 
  4. Díaz López, B., 2006. "Interactions between Mediterranean bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and gillnets off Sardinia". ICES Journal of Marine Science 63: 944-951 pp. 
  5. 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)”. In European Research on Cetaceans 20th - European Cetacean Society 2006 – Gdynia, Polonia. 
  6. 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)" In European Research on Cetaceans 20th - European Cetacean Society 2006 – Gdynia, Polonia. 
  7. Díaz López, B., 2005. Interactions between bottlenose dolphins with trammel nets in the Sardinia Island. ICES Document CM 2005/X 1. 
  8. Díaz López, B., 2005. Interaction between bottlenose dolphins and fish farms: could there be an economic impact? ICES Document CM 2005/X 10. 
  9. 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. 
  10. 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.
  11. 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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