[MARMAM] Field-Specific Bottlenose Dolphin Courses (Spring & Summer Season)

Bruno Diaz b_d_r_i at yahoo.com
Sun Apr 12 03:20:29 PDT 2009


Change your way of learning! 
 
Are you looking for a field-specific research course? Please see the announcement below. There are still places available.
 
The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute - BDRI is pleased to offer comprehensive and 
intensive Bottlenose Dolphin Research Courses during the 2009 Spring & Summer Season for marine science students and biologist, who are seeking thorough training in approaches to the study of free ranging wild bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).
 
BDRI's researchers are engaged in the conduction of a long term study about the life of 
bottlenose dolphins and the potential effects of human activities in their distribution and 
behaviour since 1999. These intensive educational courses (lasting 6 or 13 days) provide 
experience in specialized non-invasive dolphin research techniques in Sardinia Island (Italy). 
 
Combined with lectures, you wll be trained during this field and laboratory-intensive course 
in a wide range of areas including scientific data collection, statistical analysis and 
presentation; giving public talks and much more. 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. 
 
If the results of our research projects to date (with numerous scientific publications and 
thesis that substantially increase present understanding of bottlenose dolphins) are any 
indication, then our field courses should be very productive, both in terms of our own 
enlightenment about the life of these free-ranging dolphins and in producing information 
bearing directly on the conservation and management of this dolphin species and others. 
 
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.
 
Course 1. Bottlenose dolphins: Field methods in the wild 
Dates: June 15, July 20, August 17 or September 14
Topics covered include but are not limited to:
- Marine mammals biology
- Dolphins ecology: habitat use and bottlenose dolphin presence
- Behavioural sampling methods
- Interaction between dolphins and human activities
- General notions about Photo-identification techniques
- General notions about diving behaviour
- General notions about bioacoustics
- Application of GIS (Geographic Information System) analysis in dolphins distribution 
studies.
- Fisheries & Aquaculture: Socio-economical importance and impact on coastal ecosystems.
- Ecological & behavioural transcription
- Primary statistical data analyses
- Computer orientation.
 
 
Course 2. Study of bottlenose dolphin behaviour
Dates: May 04, June 29, July 27 or August 24
Topics covered include but are not limited to:
- Bottlenose dolphins biology
- Behavioural sampling methods
- Behavioural patterns & events
- Analysis of underwater videos
- Focal individual and focal group behaviour
- Interaction between dolphins and human activities
- Fisheries & Aquaculture: Socio-economical importance and impact on coastal ecosystems.
- Bottlenose dolphin feeding behaviour
- Primary statistical data analyses
- Computer orientation
 
Course 3. Photo-identification technique & bottlenose dolphins social structure
Dates: May 18, July 06, August 03, August 31
Topics covered include but are not limited to:
- Bottlenose dolphins biology
- Dolphin photo-identification tecniques
- Notions about photography with SLR cameras
- Application of GIS (Geographic Information System) analysis in dolphins distribution 
studies.
- Use of habitat studies
- Software for analysis of digital pictures for photoidentification purposes
- Bottlenose dolphin social structure and population estimates
- Software for analysis of dolphins social structure (SOCPROG)
- Ecological & behavioural transcription of data
- Primary statistical data analyses
- Computer orientation & databases
 
Course 4. Bioacoustics of wild bottlenose dolphins
Dates: June 01, July 13, August 10, September 04
Topics covered include but are not limited to:
- Bottlenose dolphin biology
- Bottlenose dolphins sound production and reception
- Bottlenose dolphin vocalizations
- Whistles categorization
- Sound analysis
- Noise pollution
- Acoustic deterrent devices
- Software to bio-acoustical studies
- Bottlenose dolphin behaviour
- Primary statistical data analyses
- Computer orientation

The courses are limited to 8 students, so they provide an opportunity for students to 
interact closely with the course instructor(s), and to collaborate with other students who 
share the same interests.
 
Cost: from 550 Euros (6 days), 1150 Euros (13 days) with special fees for students. The 
costs include accommodation in apartment, dolphin research training, lectures, certificate 
of attendance, printed material and all associated field and lab costs. Participants will 
share rooms with 1-2 persons of the same gender and couples can be accommodated in a private room. Single/Private bedrooms may be available in some periods.
 
Pre-approval is necessary for registration. There is no deadline to apply. However, approved applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. Apply early! Positions are open until filled.
 
For more information on this course, please contact Bruno Diaz Lopez education at thebdri.com
For more information on BDRI, including a list of publications and thesis, please visit
www.thebdri.com
 
 
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
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Golfo-Aranci-Italy/BOTTLENOSE-DOLPHIN-RESEARCH-INSTITUTE-BDRI/61448347330
Tel: + (39) 346 081 5414
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