Are you looking for a thesis project in Marine Mammals Science? 

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. Highly motivated 
students in the fields of zoology, marine biology, veterinary and related 
disciplines are invited to apply for an internship with thesis project at the 
Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI). 

Below you can see a list of the thesis topics that will be offered in 2017 at 
BDRI’s headquarters in O Grove, NW Spain. 

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). 

4. Feeding strategies of a resident population of bottlenose dolphins in Arousa 
Firth (Galicia, Spain). 

5. Diving behaviour of bottlenose dolphins and impact ofmarine traffic in the 
Arousa Firth (Galicia, Spain). 

6. Diving behaviour of harbour porpoises in the Arousa Firth (Galicia, Spain). 

7. Using habitat models to identify suitable sites for marine protected areas 
for dolphins and porpoises in Galician waters, NW Spain. 

8. Cetaceans distribution and use of habitat along the Arousa Firth (NW Spain). 

9. Bottlenose dolphin social structure and group dynamics in the Arousa Firth 
(NW SPain). 

10. Population variation and evolution of natural marks in bottlenose dolphins. 
Implications for mark-recapture studies. 

Students will participate as research assistants in an on-going, long-term 
research program dealing with marine mammals’ research in the Galician waters 
(NW Spain). Students will collect data in the field and analyse and interpret 
data in the lab. Students will be under direct supervision of the chief 
biologist Bruno Diaz Lopez and the marine ecologist Séverine Methion. 

We look for persons who are highly motivated, eager to learn, and have a 
positive attitude. 

The BDRI is located in a pleasant research center sited at O Grove, Galicia (NW 
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. 

The application written in English, Spanish, Italian, or French should include 
a cover letter explaining the applicant’s motivations, CV, copies of relevant 
certificates/diplomas, and if possible reference letter. 

Please download the internships/thesis general information and application form 



The application labeled ‘Application Thesis Project’ should be submitted via 
email at: 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Start and end dates are flexible but the position 
requires a minimum of 30 days between January and November 2017. 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 an 
internships/tuition fee including the thesis supervision, training, 
accommodation in an apartment, and other expenses derived of both the thesis 
project and your participation as research assistant (housing, use of 
equipment, lab work, field trips, 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. 

More information can be obtained directly from 

Best regards,
Bruno Díaz López
Chief biologist and Director

The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI
Avenida Beiramar 192, O Grove 36980, Pontevedra, Spain
0034 684 24 8552

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