Field Research Courses in Marine Mammals Science.

Each year the BDRI offers a number of unique opportunities for everyone to join us in O Grove, Galicia as participants in our field research courses. The BDRI Field Research Courses (FRC) provide an in-depth, hands-on immersion into the field of marine mammals science and more particularly dolphins research. These academically intensive training courses are developed with varied curricular designs and varied instructional strategies in order to meet specific learning goals. This program surveys an extensive amount of knowledge, theories and on-going investigations concerning bottlenose dolphins, their environment and related subjects.


These training courses are specifically designed for students (undergraduate and postgraduate), researchers, and seriously interested people with a focus on pursuing a career in marine mammals science in the future.


Courses are participatory in nature and are designed to stimulate inquiry and active learning. The exclusive FRC learning model helps students to connect the conceptual material presented in each course to case studies, learn field research techniques, collect and analyse field data, and develops holistic and critical thinking skills.


The FRC courses are run in a standard form of an 10-day educational placement (special 14h courses can be held in a intensive weekend placement), and as a trainee with the BDRI you will learn and apply the principles of field research design (accompanied by structured lectures and field tuition) and gain a personal understanding of the conservation issues which drive the research and conservation activities of this small but dedicated institute. The FRC are divided in three exclusive training courses. Please click on each one of them for more information.


Intermediate Level:

- Monitoring coastal bottlenose dolphin populations (FRC 1001)


Advanced Level:

- Social relationships and communication in a fission-fusion society (FRC 1002)

- Conservation and management of bottlenose dolphin populations (FRC 1003)


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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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