[MARMAM] Internships & Thesis work studying bottlenose dolphins in Sardinia Island

Bruno Diaz b_d_r_i at yahoo.com
Thu Nov 8 15:30:42 PST 2007


Hi everyone,
   
  on behalf of the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI (www.thebdri.com), I am pleased to announce that we are seeking Dolphin Research Assistants / Thesis work Students for our 2008 Winter (January-March) season in Sardinia, Italy. 
   
  Undergraduate and postgraduate student research projects can be supported with boat 
  time and office space. An internship period with the BDRI offers an excellent opportunity for qualified and motivated individuals to obtain field and laboratory training in marine mammals' research methodology and analysis under the mentorship of experienced bottlenose dolphin researchers. Learning, at its best, should be an active process, one in which the students are challenged on a daily basis with responsibilities that play a large part in the outcome of the research projects.
   
  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.
   
  Interns are required to complete a research project on an assigned relevant topic, to be written in collaboration and supervision with the BDRI's thesis advisor. Undergraduate and postgraduate students can present this personal research project as their Thesis (Bachelor, Master, Diploma, DEA, etc). Internships can be used for academic or vocational purposes, but students are solely responsible for making all arrangements for receiving relevant credit(s) as a result of completing the internship.
   
  BDRI internships provide invaluable exposure to boat based field work, marine mammals 
  research, intensive training and mentoring in marine ecology, and encouragement to 
  work hard, have fun, and learn from the dolphins and each other. Working with us and our staff, you will rotate between tasks on land and sea. Onboard our research vessel the "Spartana" you will work together with our team in search of cetaceans. To refine details of bottlenose dolphin population biology and responses to human activities at sea, we will take identification photos, observe behaviour, and monitor vocalizations using a hydrophone, etc. 
   
  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 Visit our website www.thebdri.com to download information on Dolphin Research Internships and/or Thesis work in Aranci Bay and how to get there.
   
  Recent selected scientific publications by BDRI:
   
  1. Díaz López B. and Shirai, J.A., In press. Marine aquaculture and bottlenose dolphins social structure. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology. 
  2. Díaz López B., Bunke, M. and Shirai, J.A., In press. Marine aquaculture off Sardinia Island (Italy): ecosystem effects evaluated through a trophic mass-balance model. Ecological Modelling. 
  3. Díaz López, B., Shirai, J.A.; Bilbao Prieto, A. & Méndez Fernández, P., In press. Diving activity of a solitary wild free ranging bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Journal of Marine Biological Association U.K.
  4. Díaz López B. and Shirai, 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. 
  5. Díaz López, B. and Shirai, J.A., 2007. "Human activities and bottlenose dolphin's social structure". 21st Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, San Sebastián, Spain, 2007. 
  6. Underhill, K., Díaz López, B., and Shirai, J.A., 2007."Boat traffic effects on the diving behaviour of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Sardinia, Italy". 21st Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, San Sebastián, Spain, 2007.
  7. 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. 
  8. Díaz López, B. & Bernal Shirai, 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.
  9. Díaz López, B., 2006. "Interactions between Mediterranean bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and gillnets off Sardinia". ICES Journal of Marine Science 63: 944-951 pp. 
  10. Díaz López, B. & Bernal Shirai, 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. 
  11. Bernal Shirai, 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. 
  12. Díaz López, B., 2005. Interactions between bottlenose dolphins with trammel nets in the Sardinia Island. ICES Document CM 2005/X 1. 
  13. Díaz López, B., 2005. Interaction between bottlenose dolphins and fish farms: could there be an economic impact? ICES Document CM 2005/X 10. 
  14. 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.
  15. Díaz López, B. & Shiray, A., 2005. Analysis of diving behaviour on bottlenose dolphins studied in the inshore waters of Sardinia. “6º Convegno Nazionale sui Cetacei e sulle Tartarughe Marine”. November. Comune di Sperlonga (LT), Italy. 
  16. Díaz López, B., 2005 & Shirai, A., 2005. A survey of anti-bottlenose dolphin control at marine fish farm. “6º Convegno Nazionale sui Cetacei e sulle Tartarughe Marine”. November. Comune di Sperlonga (LT), Italy. 
  17. Díaz López, B., Marini, L.. and Polo, F., 2004. “Evolution of a bottlenose dolphins population in the Noth-Eastern waters of Sardinia (Italy)”. In: European Research on Cetaceans – 15 (Ed- P.G.H. Evans). European Cetacean Society, pp 70-73. Cambrigde, UK. 
  18. Polo, F; Díaz López, B.; Marini, L. & Brovelli, M., 2002. “Fast ferries influence on the bottlenose dolphin presence and social structure in waters of North-eastern Sardinia". 16th Annual Conference European Cetacean Society. Liege 2002. 
  19. Díaz López, B.; Marini, L.; Polo, F. & Brovelli, M., 2002. “ Photoidentification of bottlenose dolphin in waters of north-eastern Sardinia”. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Conference European Cetacean Society. Liege 2002.
  20. Díaz López, B., Polo, F. and Marini, L., 2001. “ Feeding Behaviour of bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) along the north-eastern coast of Sardinia. 29th Annual Symposium EAAM. Genova 9-12 March 2001. 
   
   


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