Bruno Diaz Lopez bruno at thebdri.com
Sun Aug 16 05:00:28 PDT 2015

Are you looking for an MSc project in dolphins communication? The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI) invites applications for dissertation/thesis projects in a dynamic, international, and competitive research environment. The main research topics of the BDRI include cetacean’s ecology, ethology, ecological modeling and bioacoustics, with data collected in different parts of the world (Mediterranean Sea, Atlantic waters, and Persian Gulf). Highly motivated students in the fields of zoology, marine biology, veterinary and related disciplines are invited to apply for a thesis project at the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI).
These projects will include analysis of bioacoustical and behavioural data recorded from two study areas characterized by different levels of anthropogenic impact (Mediterranean Sea from 2005 to 2013 and Atlantic waters from 2014 to 2016). Students will explore the use of social vocalizations in different geographic populations and different contexts (feeding, socializing, travelling) looking for geographic and contextual similarities in social sound use. Outcomes of these studies will provide more information on the function of specific social vocalisations and influence of the environment. Applicants should have a strong interest in bioacoustics, and previous experience in acoustic analysis techniques (preferred).
1. Population variation in bottlenose dolphin social communication. 
2. Population variation in signature whistles production and characteristics in resident bottlenose dolphins. 
3. Acoustic communication and associated behaviour of the common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).
Many other projects can also be developed dealing with such things as mark-recapture techniques, impact of aquaculture, dolphins’ society, and ecological modeling. Consult with the BDRI Director to explore the possibilities.

ABOUT YOU We look for persons who are highly motivated, eager to learn, and have a positive attitude.
WORKING PLACE The BDRI is located in a pleasant, recently renovated research center sited at O Grove, Galicia (Spain). The institute and research vessel are equipped with the state-of-the-art technology, and the study area has especially good conditions for bottlenose dolphin research due to the existence of a resident population. The BDRI is a very international environment, and the everyday working language is English.
Students will participate in an on-going, long-term research program dealing with marine mammals’ research in the Arousa Firth (NW Spain). You will collect data in the field and analyse and interpret data in the lab. You will during all the work be under direct supervision of the chief biologist Bruno Diaz Lopez.
1. Download and read the internships information package from <http://www.thebdri.com/education/thesis.html>2.The application written in English should include a cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivations, CV, and if possible reference letter. 
The application labeled ‘Application Thesis Project’ should be submitted via email at the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (education at thebdri.com). 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The projects are intended to start January 2016 but dates are flexible year round. Start and end dates are flexible but the position requires a minimum of 120 days (Masters) or 60 days (Bachelors) continuous commitment sometime between January through to November 2016. If the student intends to receive academic credit, he/she will be responsible for making all arrangements with their educational institutions.
The BDRI is a private and self-funded centre, hence, there is no compensation for the internship positions. There is a tuition fee including the tuition, training, accommodation in an apartment, and other expenses derived of both the thesis project and your participation (housing, use of equipment, field trips by car, use of research vessel). 
Successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation expenses to and from the research centre (O Grove, Galicia, Spain). 
There is no deadline to apply. However, approved applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. Apply early! 
More information can be obtained directly from <education at thebdri.com>
Bruno Diaz LopezChief Biologist / DirectorBottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRIAv. Beiramar 192, O Grove 36980, Spain<www.thebdri.com>tel. + 34 605 52 1441
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