THE BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN RESEARCH INSTITUTE'S TEAM
At least two project staff members are running the BDRI research projects year round. The team is further formed by graduate and under graduate students, volunteers and other researchers. BDRI's researchers are biologists experienced with the study area, the animals, the research protocols, safety and other logistics.
BDRI's Director and Chief Biologist:
Mr. Bruno Díaz López, originally from Spain, is the founder and chief biologist of the BDRI. He has published over 50 scientific articles in international journals and conferences and has delivered a number of lectures and public talks on cetacean research and conservation worldwide.
His main interests are behavioural ecology, dolphins communication and effects of human activities on bottlenose dolphins, particularly fisheries, tourism and aquaculture. Bruno has studied marine mammals since 1995, in both the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea (you can view his resume here). From the University of Santiago de Compostela and University of Vigo in Spain, he has worked in different research teams inside and outside of Europe, teaching marine mammals biology, animal behaviour and mentored graduate students. He has trained a number of research assistants and has supervised more than 50 students working on their thesis about cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
Bruno is moreover a reviewer of the most important journals of marine biology and zoology. Since 2013 Bruno is research consultant for the Environmental Agency of Abu Dhabi supervising and participating in the Dolphins Conservation Project in the Arabian Gulf. He can speak English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Galician. He is responsible for the overall goals of the project and for training and supervising field research course students, volunteers and internships.
- Mrs. Séverine Methion, young researcher with experience with the use of Mark-recapture techniques and analysis, and GIS Analysis applied to marine mammal populations. PhD student in the University of Bordeaux (France), European MSc in Marine Environment and Resources (Université de Bordeaux, Universidad del Pais Vasco & University of Southampton).
Severine joined the BDRI in 2015 and has since worked as a member of staff, assisting with mark-recapture analysis, field data collection in the Atlantic Ocean (Spain) and Persian Gulf (Abu Dhabi), input and analyses. She has several scientific presentations and publications as part of her work as BDRI marine ecologist. Her special interest in marine mammal research was firstly highlighted by her specialisation during her master in marine biology within the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (Australia), studying abundance and distribution 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 volunteers and interns.
Research assistants, invited researchers, intern coordinators, and students are vital components of the project. These young scientists’ volunteer months of their lives in exchange for research experience. Interns are generally college seniors or recent graduates with backgrounds in biological, environmental, or marine science. Many are completing their thesis work with the BDRI. The project has had students from Argentina, Australia, Austria, Algeria, Brazil, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Colombia, Croacia, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Nederland, New Zealand, Norway, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Spain, Russia, Sweden, Scotland, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA, Venezuela, Wales.
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