THESIS PROJECTS FOR BSc AND MSc IN MARINE MAMMALS SCIENCE OFFERED AT THE BDRI
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
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
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
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: sever...@thebdri.com
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 sever...@thebdri.com
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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