[MARMAM] Dolphin Research Courses in Slovenia

Tilen Genov tilen.genov at gmail.com
Wed May 2 14:35:27 PDT 2012


Dolphin Research Courses in Slovenia, north Adriatic


Morigenos – marine mammal research & conservation society is announcing
Dolphin Research Courses in Slovenia (north Adriatic), where interested
individuals can assist in the bottlenose dolphin and loggerhead turtle
long-term research and conservation programme.
For the 10th year in a row, the courses will be taking place in July,
August and September 2012.

*Morigenos *is a small research NGO that aims to combine scientific
research, monitoring, education, public awareness, capacity building and
management, to achieve effective conservation of the marine environment and
biodiversity. More information about Morigenos work and its track record
can be found at www.morigenos.org. The list of publications by Morigenos
can be seen here:
Publications<http://www.morigenos.org/index.php?path=Publications>.


Slovenian Dolphin Project is a long-term research, monitoring and
conservation programme, established in 2002 and focusing on bottlenose
dolphins (*Tursiops truncatus*) in Slovenian and adjacent waters in the
northern Adriatic Sea. Bottlenose dolphins can be found in the area
year-round and about 120 individuals have been photo-identified over the
past 10 years. Research activities focus on dolphin distribution,
abundance, behaviour, social structure, habitat use, feeding habits,
fishery interactions and tourism impact, and aim to provide the scientific
baseline for effective conservation of dolphins and their habitat. Apart
from dolphins, the research team also undertakes research on loggerheard
turtles (*Caretta caretta*), which visit this area between April and
October.

Morigenos Dolphin Research Camps offer interested people to join the
research team for 10 days and participate in research activities.
Thisincludes boat surveys, land-based watches, theodolite tracking,
photo-identification and behavioural observations. All the necessary
training is provided through lectures, practical work in the field, and
short workshops. Food and accommodation are included. Anyone above the age
of 16 can participate, regardless of nationality, academic background or
previous experience.

This course enables you to participate in day-to-day research activities,
as well as obtain background knowledge of marine mammal science, marine
biology and conservation. It is equally suitable for students pursuing a
career in marine mammal science and for those without an academic interest
in this topic.
By the end of this course, you will:
- have a better understanding of current issues in marine mammal and turtle
conservation;
- obtain an overview of different methods for studying marine mammals in
the wild;
- acquire practical experience of pleasures and frustrations of marine
mammal field research.

Detailed information, dates and costs can be found here: Morigenos Research
Courses<http://www.morigenos.org/index.php?path=Raziskovalni_tabori_delfini>


Applications

There is no selection. Applications are treated on a "first-come,
first-served" basis.
Please send an e-mail to morigenos at morigenos.org for registration or
questions.


Tilen Genov
Head of Research

Morigenos - marine mammal research
 and conservation society
Jarska cesta 36/a
SI-1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
 www.morigenos.org
http://www.facebook.com/Morigenos
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