[MARMAM] Reminder: Dolphin Research Courses in Slovenia, north Adriatic

Ana Hace anahace at yahoo.com
Mon Jun 9 09:00:00 PDT 2014

Dear list members,

There are still some places left for the Dolphin Research Courses in Slovenia. You can find more information below. 

Morigenos – Slovenian Marine Mammal 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 12th year in a row, the courses will be taking place in June, July, August and September 2014.
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.
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 130 individuals have been photo-identified over the past 12 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 loggerhead 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. 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 Courses.
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.

Ana Hace 

Morigenos - Slovenian Marine Mammal Society
Kidričevo nabrežje 4
6330 Piran
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