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The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI) is an independent marine science center dedicated to research, education, and conservation of marine biodiversity. BDRI’s researchers are experienced biologists familiar with the study area, the animals, the research protocols, safety and other logistics.

 

Our field research experience, innovative technology, and commitment to research, education, and conservation make our institute an important source of knowledge about the marine biodiversity and environment for scientists, decision-makers, and the public.

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OUR TEAM

FOUNDER, DIRECTOR AND CHIEF BIOLOGIST

Dr. Bruno DÍAZ LÓPEZ

Bruno is a Spanish scientist with more than 20 years of experience as a cetacean researcher. He has published over 70 scientific articles in international journals and conferences and has delivered a number of lectures and public talks on cetacean research and conservation around the world. His main interests are behavioural ecology, dolphin communication, and effects of human activities on marine mammals. Bruno has studied marine mammals since 1995, in the Atlantic Ocean, Persian Gulf, and Mediterranean Sea. He is Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Bordeaux (France). He previously studied biology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (BSc) and University of Vigo (MSc) in Spain. He has trained a number of research assistants and has supervised more than 100 students working on their thesis about cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean since 2002. Bruno is also a reviewer of the most important journals of ecology, marine biology, and conservation. He speaks English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Galician. Bruno is responsible for the overall goals of the BDRI research projects and for training and supervising PhD students, field research course students, interns and volunteers.

 

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RESEARCH MANAGER AND PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Séverine METHION

Séverine is a French scientist with more than 6 years of experience as a cetacean researcher. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Bordeaux (France) studying the ecology of common bottlenose dolphins in Atlantic waters. She also has a European MSc in Marine Environment and Resources (Université de Bordeaux, Universidad del Pais Vasco & University of Southampton). Séverine joined the BDRI in 2015 and has since worked as a member of staff, carrying out mark-recapture analysis, field data collection in the Atlantic Ocean (Spain) and Persian Gulf (Abu Dhabi), data input and analysies. She has completed several scientific presentations and publications as part of her work as a BDRI marine ecologist. Her special interest in marine mammal research was highlighted by her specialisation during her master in marine biology within the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (Australia), studying ecology of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in Perth (Australia). She speaks English, French, and Spanish. She is responsible for the photo-identification work in Galician waters and for training and supervising interns and volunteers.

 

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STAFF AND INTERN COORDINATORS

Oriol GIRALT PARADELL

Oriol is a marine biologist with several experiences in the study of marine mammals. He graduated as a biologist from the University of Barcelona (Spain) and has a MSc in Marine Biology from the University College Cork (Ireland). He is currently a PhD student at the University College Cork and is studying the ecology of short-beaked common dolphins in Galician waters. Oriol has joined several conservation and research projects on cetaceans and other marine species in Hawaii (USA) and Barcelona (Spain) in the past. These allowed him to acquire valuable experience on different research techniques that can be applied to cetacean research, such as mark recapture techniques, GIS analysis as well as data collection and analysis. He speaks English, Spanish, German and Catalan. He joined the BDRI in 2017 and he is responsible for the coordination of the interns and volunteers and assists with the photo-identification work and data collection.

 

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Sara SIMõES

Sara is a biologist that joined the BDRI in 2016, first as a BSc student and then as MSc student and intern coordinator. She graduated as a biologist from the University of Aveiro (Portugal) where she is presenting her MSc in Marine Biology on the body marks and photo-identification of bottlenose dolphins. She is currently applying for a PhD at the same university on the ecology of harbour porpoises in Galician waters. She speaks English, Portuguese, and French. She is responsible for the coordination of the interns and volunteers and assists with the photo-identification work and data collection.

 

 

Olga MOSCA

Olga is an biologist that joined the BDRI in 2018 as an intern coordinator. She graduated as a biologist from the University of Victoria (Canada) where she presented her BSc in Marine Biology. She speaks English, Italian, and Spanish. She is responsible for the coordination of the interns and volunteers and assists with the land-based data collection.

 

 

Our team trains future generations of marine scientists and is committed to understanding and reducing the impact of human activities on the marine ecosystems. The BDRI has educational programs aimed at providing extra support for scientists early in their careers, science students, local schools, and scientists from all over the world, from training opportunities in the field to classroom and field research courses.

 

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS, INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS

The young scientists that volunteer in exchange for research experience are vital components of the BDRI project. Interns are generally college seniors or recent graduates with backgrounds in biological, environmental, or marine science. Many complete their thesis work with the BDRI. Over the years, the BDRI received more than 500 interns from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Algeria, Brazil, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA, Venezuela, and Wales.

 

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