[MARMAM] Bottlenose Dolphin summer Courses

Bruno Diaz b_d_r_i at yahoo.com
Sat May 10 02:43:34 PDT 2008


Please see the announcement below. There are still places available.
Please note: further information can be viewed and printed out from the following website: www.thebdri.com 
 
The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute - BDRI - offers comprehensive and intensive Bottlenose Dolphin Research Courses (BDRC) during the 2008 Summer Season for motivated individuals, who are seeking thorough training in approaches to the study of free ranging wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). 
 
We invite you to join our ongoing study of the behaviour, habitat use and social lives of these amazing dolphins on the Emerald Coast, Sardinia Island (Italy). These intensive educational courses provide experience in specialized non-invasive research techniques, consisting of field sessions and lectures. The courses will last 6 or 13 days, and - weather permitting - we will be out on the water at least during 4 or 8 of these days respectively.
   
  Although our project focuses primarily on bottlenose dolphins, you will also experience the complex Mediterranean coastal ecosystem in which we live and work. BDRI field courses 
  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. 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.
 
Working with us and our staff, you will rotate between tasks on land and sea. Onboard our research vessels 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, record environmental data, monitor vocalizations using a hydrophone, etc.
 
Research courses 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 training course.
 
BDRI's courses give an insight into the workings of a research team, and provide experience in a wide range of areas including scientific data collection, analysis and presentation; giving public talks and much more. To be successful participants in this project,students should have open minds, flexibility in changing situations, and a desire to help and to learn.
 
All classes will be in a form of both (a) lectures that will lead to more "informal" discussion, hopefully ending with a constructive brainstorming on the specific topic, as well as (b) instructions with handon practical component, especially when it involves field techniques.
 
Course 1. Bottlenose dolphin: Field methods in the wild (1st Team: 9 June; 2nd Team: 28 July; 3rd team: 8 September) 
 
Course 2. Study of bottlenose dolphin behaviour (1st Team: 2 June; 2nd Team: 14 July; 3rd team: 22 September)
 
Course 3. Bottlenose dolphins Photo-identification & Social structure course (1st Team: 9 June; 2nd Team: 16 June; 3rd team: 7 July; 4th Team: 11 August; 5th Team: 1st 
  September)
 
Course 4. Bioacoustics of bottlenose dolphins in the wild (1st Team: 30 June; 2nd Team: 4 August; 3rd team: 1 September)
 
Further information, fees and how to apply can be found on our website (www.thebdri.com) or by e-mail at info at thebdri.com
 
  Recent selected scientific publications by BDRI:
 
1. Díaz López B. and Shirai, J.A., 2008. Marine aquaculture and bottlenose dolphins social structure. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 62(6): 887-894. 
  2. Díaz López B., Bunke, M. and Shirai, J.A., 2008. Marine aquaculture off Sardinia Island (Italy): ecosystem effects evaluated through a trophic mass-balance model. Ecological Modelling 212: 292-303. 
  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. Bunke, M., Díaz López, B., Shirai, J.A.B., 2008. The role of bottlenose dolphins in a coastal ecosystem assessed using mass-balanced models. 22nd Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, 10-12 March 2008
  5.Environmental & anthropogenic variables influencing bottlenose dolphin presence in a marine fin fish farm. 22nd Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, 10-12 March 2008
  6.Troncone, R., Díaz López, B., Shirai, J.A.B., 2008. Trial of acoustics deterrents for prevention of bottlenose dolphin depredation on gillnets. 22nd Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands, 10-12 March 2008
  7. 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. 
  8. Díaz López, B. and Shirai, 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. 
  9. 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". Poster presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society, San Sebastián, Spain, 2007.
  10. 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. 
  11. 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.
  12. Díaz López, B., 2006. "Interactions between Mediterranean bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and gillnets off Sardinia". ICES Journal of Marine Science 63: 944-951 pp. 
  13. 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. 
  14. 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. 
   
  Bruno Diaz Lopez
Research Biologist / Marine Zoologist
Chief Researcher
The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI
V.Diaz Nº4 07020 Golfo Aranci (SS) Italy
http://www.thebdri.com
info at thebdri.com
Tel: + (39) 346 081 5414
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