BDRI: Pioneering Marine Research, Education, and Conservation

We, at the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI), proudly stand as an independent marine science center deeply dedicated to research, education, and conservation. Since our establishment in 2005, our core mission has been to delve into marine biodiversity and share valuable insights with scientists, students, decision-makers, and the wider public, emphasizing the pivotal role of scientific research in marine conservation efforts. Our dedicated research team is committed to nurturing future marine scientists while actively working to decipher and mitigate the impact of human activities on marine ecosystems.


Our accomplished scientists conduct comprehensive research across diverse domains, delving into critical areas such as the intricate relationships between marine predators (including cetaceans, sharks, otters, and marine birds) and their environments. We focus on understanding cetacean society and population dynamics, exploring the interaction of marine megafauna with human activities, and unraveling the nuanced behavior and acoustic communication of cetaceans.


Our institution's sterling reputation and success are deeply rooted in our ability to publish numerous scientific studies in esteemed journals, affirming BDRI's pivotal role as a leading center for pioneering scientific inquiry in the dynamic field of marine biology.


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At BDRI, we are dedicated to contributing to the comprehension and preservation of marine mammals and birds. We aim to enrich public awareness and concern for our marine environment while advancing scientific knowledge through the publication of research articles derived from our field data.


Collaboration stands at the core of BDRI's scientific pursuits. Our scientists work in unison with diverse research institutions, striving to expand understanding of the marine ecosystem and underscore the critical importance of conserving marine biodiversity.


To achieve these objectives, BDRI conducts systematic surveys aimed at monitoring marine mammals and birds along the Galician coast in NW Spain's Atlantic waters. This region offers a myriad of research opportunities to explore these animals and their habitats. Our surveys are meticulously executed both from the coastline and aboard BDRI's research vessels, spanning the coastal and pelagic waters of Galicia.


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Our story

In 1999, the Italian non-profit research organization 'Accademia del Leviatano' initiated the 'Dolphin-project' in Sardinia, Italy, in collaboration with Dr. Bruno Díaz López. This initiative evolved over time, leading to the establishment of the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI) by Bruno in Sardinia in 2005. Over the years, the project expanded its scope, encompassing a broader geographical area and a more diverse array of research topics.


By 2014, BDRI transitioned to the North West region of Spain, aiming to explore a new area, broaden its study to encompass more species, and embark on fresh research endeavors.


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At BDRI, one of our primary objectives is to train the next generation of marine mammal scientists by offering a diverse array of programs tailored to students at all stages of their academic journey. Alongside our marine research initiatives, we provide comprehensive educational programs encompassing internship positions (long-term placements), volunteering opportunities (short-term placements), training courses, and university project placements available for bachelor's and master's students throughout the year.


Our educational initiatives are designed to equip students with the necessary skills for a professional career in marine mammal and bird research, as well as conservation of the marine environment. If you're passionate about scientific research, seeking hands-on experience in fieldwork, intensive training, and an opportunity to engage with individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds while abroad, then our programs are tailored for you.


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