The BDRI Field Research Courses (FRC) provide an in-depth, hands-on immersion into the field of marine mammals science and more particularly bottlenose dolphin 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 are divided in three exclusive training courses. Every course last 10 days and there are courses from May to November. 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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Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI
Av. Beiramar 192, O Grove, Pontevedra 36980 - Galicia, Spain.
Tel. +34 886 310608
Tel. +34 605 521441


The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute is a marine science centre for Research, Education and training in cetaceans’ ecology and behaviour. Students and volunteers can participate in hands-on research on wild bottlenose dolphins and other cetaceans along the north-western coast of Iberian Peninsula (Galicia, Spain). The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute offers through the Internship, Volunteer and Field research Course programs hands-on experience in marine mammal research, boat based field work, intensive training and mentoring in marine ecology. It is a great opportunity for interested individuals to go abroad and participate in the BDRI programs during their gap year or to learn about cetacean’s ecology and behaviour during the holidays. The education and training programs will all take part on the north-western coast of the Iberian Peninsula (Galicia, Spain), a true marine biologist’s paradise. Any reproduction of the photographs, art, or other contents is prohibited without written permission.


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