[MARMAM] Summer research courses

Bruno Diaz b_d_r_i at yahoo.com
Fri May 11 14:29:49 PDT 2007

Hi all,
  Would like to invite interested people to take a dolphin research BDRI course. Five specific summer training courses designed for students, biologists, and more interested people who seek a broad view of the research tecniques and study of wild Bottlenose dolphins and marine biology: 
  - Field methods in the wild,
- Photo-ID and bottlenose dolphins' social structure, 
- Study of bottlenose dolphin behaviour,
- Bioacoustics of bottlenose dolphins,
- Study of bottlenose dolphins and human activities
  Facility: The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI (private research centre)
  Kind of course(s) offered: Specific training courses, useful to carry out Bachelor or MSc thesis work related with bottlenose dolphins
  Location: Emerald Coast, Golfo Aranci (northeastern coast of Sardinia), Italy
  Language: English, (if some student doesnot speak english courses also are in Spanish, Portuguese or Italian)
  Short description of course: Classes will be in a form of both: lectures that will lead to more "informal" discussion, hopefully ending with a constructive brain-storming on the specific topic; as well as instructions with hand-on practical component, especially when it involves data analysis and field techniques. Courses give an insight into the workings of a research team, and provide valuable experience in a wide range of areas including scientific data collection, analysis and presentation; giving public talks and more. Using study techniques that neither harm nor seriously disturb the animals, students conduct ecological and behavioural studies, as well as collecting detailed environmental information.
  Duration of the course: These intensive educational courses, generally six or thirteen days long (with 20 hours of lessons and 4 days of field work at sea or 40 hours and 9 days at sea respectively). There is the possibility of include several courses lasting a maximum of 10 weeks. 
  Facilities: Accomodation in the research base, own research vessel and laboratory.
  Conditions for participation: Dedicated to those who are interesting to participate to dolphin research and conservation campaigns. It is open to anyone age 18 and above, with no special prerequisites concerning research experience. No background knowledge of cetaceans is required, we ask only for you willing to learn about the dolphins and their environment. 
  Indicative costs: From 400 € a 6 days course, from 800 € a 13 days course. Students have a special price.
  More info:
  info at thebdri.com

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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