Field Research Courses in Marine Mammals Science.

FIELD RESEARCH COURSE 1001: Monitoring coastal bottlenose dolphin populations


This training course provides an in-depth, hands-on immersion into the field of marine mammals science and more particularly bottlenose dolphin research. This Field Research Course surveys an extensive amount of information, theories and on-going investigations concerning the different methods available to characterise the status of a coastal bottlenose dolphin population.


This course also contains various hands on boat based and computer exercises. The variety of subjects approached on this course offers a broad view of applied dolphin field research whilst providing students with the tools and practical experience needed for a greater understanding of coastal bottlenose dolphin populations and their conservation, as well as deeper insight into behavioural research concepts and methodology.


Lecture topics include: Biology, Anatomy & Physiology of Bottlenose dolphins, Sighting methods (boat-based surveys, line transect surveys, land-based surveys), Mark-recapture methods, Bioacoustic methods, Behavioural sampling and records (states vs. events), Conservation of bottlenose dolphins, Stranded cetaceans, BDRI’s Current Research, Statistical analysis, computer orientation (use of GIS, fin-recognition software packages for photo-identification, sounds analysis software, and databases), guidelines for creating scientific posters and presentations.


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So, if you want to be a part of this unique experience and are a person who is interested in going abroad and obtaining hands-on experience in dolphins research, boat based field work, intensive training while having fun and meeting people from all over the world, then you should consider to participate in one of our programs.


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