Join the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI)

One of the aims of the BDRI is to train future marine mammal scientists by offering a wide range of programs and opportunities for students at all stages of their careers:


- INTERNSHIPS (long-term placement; minimum stay of 4 consecutive weeks)

- UNIVERSITY PROJECT PLACEMENTS (Thesis / Dissertation / Report for bachelor and master students throughout the year)

- SHORT-TERM INTERNSHIPS (short-term placement; "volunteering"; minimum stay of 5 days)




These programs enable aspiring marine scientists to work alongside leading marine biologists as they undertake ground-breaking research on marine mega-fauna (cetaceans & marine birds) in one of the most productive oceanic regions on the world (Galicia, North-western coast of Spain). Our educational programs aim to prepare students for a professional career in the research of marine mammals and marine birds research and conservation of the marine environment.


Applications are open for the 2022 & 2023 research seasons!

COVID19 update: The BDRI will normally carry out its research projects and educational programs in Galicia (NW Spain) in 2022 & 2023. In acknowledgment of the ongoing COVID19 pandemic, we have instituted safety measures. Feel free to contact us for more information.


Internship in marine mammal science Volunteering with dolphins and whales Marine mammal research courses


BDRI's Internship (long-term internship)Volunteeering (short-term internship)Field Courses, and Researcher for a day programs are also an excellent way to become actively involved in the research work and contribute to marine conservation. These programs are run every year from January to November, at the BDRI fieldbase in O Grove, Galicia (Spain). 



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 scientific research, boat-based field work, intensive training while having fun and meeting people from all over the world, then these are the programs for you.


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The BDRI performs systematic surveys to monitor marine mammals and marine birds along the Galician coast (Atlantic waters, NW Spain), as it is a place with a great array of research questions to be answered regarding these animals and their environment. Surveys are carried out both from the coast and on-board the BDRI's research vessels in coastal and pelagic waters of Galicia.


Humpback whale in Galicia Bottlenose dolphins and aquaculture Blue whale in Galicia Studying whales in Spain


BDRI’s reputation and success rest solidly on its ability to publish multiple scientific studies in prestigious scientific journals. BDRI members seek to contribute to the understanding and conservation of marine mammals and marine birds, expand the public's knowledge and concern for our marine environment, and add to the scientific knowledge through the publication of scientific articles from our own field data.


BDRI's scientists work collaboratively with various research institutions in orer to advance knowledge of the marine environment and highlight the importance of marine biodiversity conservation. At the same time, they also train future generations of marine scientists and are committed to understanding and reducing the impact of human activities on the marine ecosystems. All research at the BDRI is conducted under a special Research Permit delivered by the Spanish Government.


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