[MARMAM] Dolphin Research Courses in Slovenia

Tilen Genov tilen.genov at gmail.com
Thu Apr 4 13:00:53 PDT 2013

Dear all,

apologies for cross-posting.

*Dolphin Research Courses in Slovenia, north Adriatic Sea*

*Morigenos – Slovenian Marine Mammal Society* is announcing Dolphin
Research Courses in Slovenia (north Adriatic Sea), where interested
individuals can assist in the bottlenose dolphin and loggerhead turtle
long-term research and conservation programme. For the 11th year in a row,
the courses will be taking place in June, July, August and September 2013.

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:

*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
north Adriatic Sea. Bottlenose dolphins can be found in the area year-round
and about 130 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. This research has
been the basis for the implementation of Natura 2000 for bottlenose
dolphins in Slovenia. Apart from dolphins, the research team also
undertakes research on loggerheard turtles (*Caretta caretta*), which visit
this area between April and October.

*Morigenos Research Courses* offer interested people to join the research
team for 10 days and participate in research activities. This includes 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>


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.

*For those attending the ECS in Portugal

Morigenos team will be at the ECS conference in Setubal, Portugal. For
those of you attending, please feel free to track down the team during the
conference if you have questions regarding the courses. A good opportunity
for that might be the Annual Student Meeting or the poster session (poster
HI-10). Alternatively, you can send us an email and arrange a meeting, but
please note that we might not have regular email access.

Tilen Genov

Head of Research
MRes Marine Mammal Science

Morigenos - Slovenian Marine Mammal Society
Kidricevo nabrezje 4
6330 Piran
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