Scientific Articles

BDRI’s reputation for success rests solidly on its ability to carry out scientific studies published in prestigious scientific journals, international conferences and workshops.




Donwload articleMethion S, Díaz López B, (2019) Individual foraging variation drives social organization in bottlenose dolphins. Behavioral Ecology. DOI:10.1093/beheco/arz160

Donwload articleMethion S, Díaz López B, (2019) First record of atypical pigmentation pattern in fin whale Balaenoptera physalus in the Atlantic Ocean. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 135:121-­125. DOI: 10.3354/dao03385

Donwload articleGiralt Paradell O, Díaz López B, Methion S, (2019) Modelling common dolphin (Delphinus delphis) coastal distribution and habitat use: insights for conservation. Ocean and Coastal Management. DOI:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2019.104836

Donwload articleMethion, S., Díaz López, B. (2019). Natural and anthropogenic drivers of foraging behaviour in bottlenose dolphins: influence of shellfish aquaculture. Aquatic Conservation Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. DOI: 10.1002/aqc.3116.

Donwload articleDíaz López, B., Methion, S. (2019). Habitat drivers of endangered rorqual whales in a highly impacted upwelling region. Ecological Indicators, 103: 610 – 616.

Donwload articleDíaz López, B., Methion, S., & Giralt Paradell, O. (2019). Living on the edge: Overlap between a marine predator’s habitat use and fisheries in the Northeast Atlantic waters (NW Spain). Progress in Oceanography, 175: 115 – 223.

Donwload articleDíaz López, B. (2018) "Hot deals at sea": responses of a top predator (Bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus) to human-induced changes in the coastal ecosystem. Behavioural Ecology DOI: 10.1093/beheco/ary162

Donwload articleMethion, S. & Díaz López, B. (2018) Abundance and demographic parameters of bottlenose dolphins in a highly affected coastal ecosystem. Marine and Freshwater Research

Donwload articleDíaz López, B & Methion, S. (2018) Does interspecific competition drive patterns of habitat use and relative density in harbour porpoises? Marine Biology (2018) 165:92.

Donwload article Díaz López, B., López, A., Methion, S., & Covelo, P. (2017). Infanticide attacks and associated epimeletic behaviour in free-ranging common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 1-9. doi:10.1017/S0025315417001266

Donwload article Díaz López, B., Grandcourt, E., Methion, S., Das, H., Bugla, I., Al Hameli, M., Al Hameri, H., Abdulla, M; Al Blooshi, A; Al Dhaheri, S.(2017). The distribution, abundance and group dynamics of Indian Ocean humpback dolphins (Sousa plumbea) in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (UAE). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 1-9. doi:10.1017/S0025315417001205

Donwload article Diaz Lopez B. and Methion S., 2017. The impact of shellfish farming on common bottlenose dolphins’ use of habitat. Marine Biology 164: 83.

Donwload article Diaz Lopez B., 2017. Temporal variability of predator presence around a fin fish farm in the North-western Mediterranean Sea. Marine Ecology 38(1), e12378.

 Donwload articleDiaz Lopez B., Addis A., Fabiano, F., 2013. Ecology of bottlenose dolphins along the north-western Sardinian coastal waters (Italy). Thalassas, 29 (2): 35-44.

 Donwload articleDíaz López B. , 2012. Bottlenose dolphins and aquaculture: interaction and site fidelity on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia (Italy). Marine Biology. 159 (10): 2161 - 2172. DOI 10.1007/s00227-012-2002-x.

 Diaz Lopez B, 2012.

Donwload articleEstudio eco-etológico de una población de delfín mular, Tursiops truncatus (Montagu 1821) en la costa nordeste de Cerdeña, Italia. AV Akademikerverlag GmbH & Co. KG Ed. ISBN: 978-3-8473-5999-9, 108pp.

 Donwload articleDíaz López B. and Mariño, F., 2011. A trial of acoustic harrasment device efficacy on free-ranging bottlenose dolphins in Sardinia, Italy. Marine and Freshwater Behaviour and Physiology. 44 (4): 197-208. DOI:10.1080/10236244.2011.618216.

 Donwload articleDíaz López B., 2011. Aquaculture systems. In: Handbook of Models used in Ecosystem and Environmental Management, Sven Erik Jørgensen (Ed.), Copenhagen University, Denmark. Pp 241-257.

 Donwload articleDíaz López B., 2011. Whistle characteristics in free-ranging bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in the Mediterranean Sea: influence of behaviour. Mammalian Biology 76: 180-189.

Donwload articleDíaz López B. & Shirai, J.A.B., 2010. Mediterranean common bottlenose dolphin's repertoire and communication use. In: Dolphins: Anatomy, Behavior, and Threats, (A.G. Pierce & L. Correa Eds.), Nova Science Publishers, New York. Pp 129 -148.

Donwload articleDíaz López B., 2009. The bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus foraging around a fish farm: Effects of prey abundance on dolphins' behaviour. Current Zoology 55(4):243-248.

Donwload articleDíaz López B., Bunke, M. and Shirai, J.A., 2008. Marine aquaculture off Sardinia Island (Italy): ecosystem effects evaluated through a trophic mass-balance model. Ecological Modelling 212: 292-303.

Donwload articleDíaz López B. and Shirai, J.A., 2008. Marine aquaculture and bottlenose dolphins social structure. Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology 62 (6): 887-894.

Donwload articleDíaz López, B., Shirai, J.A.B., Bilbao Prieto, A. & Méndez Fernández, P., 2008. Diving activity of a solitary wild free ranging bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus). Journal Marine Biological Association of U.K 88, Special Issue 06: 1153-1157.

Donwload articleDíaz López, B & Bernal Shirai, J.A.B., 2007. "Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) presence and incidental capture in a marine fish farm on the north-eastern coast of Sardinia (Italy)" Journal of Marine Biological Association of U.K 87: 113 – 117.

Donwload articleDíaz López, B., 2006. "Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) Predation on a Marine Fin Fish Farm: Some Underwater Observations". Aquatic Mammals 32 (3): 305 – 310.

Donwload articleDíaz López, B., 2006. "Interactions between Mediterranean bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and gillnets off Sardinia". ICES Journal of Marine Science 63: 944-951.

Donwload articleDíaz López, B. & Bernal Shirai, J.A., 2006. "Estudio multiescalar de la influencia de la acuicultura en la presencia de delfines mulares Tursiops truncatus (Montagu 1821)". CIVA, (on CD-rom): 282 – 290.

Donwload articleDíaz López, B., Marini, L. and Polo, F. 2005. The Impact of a fish farm on a Bottlenose dolphin population in the Mediterranean Sea. Thalassas 21(1):53-58.

Donwload articleDíaz López, B., 2005. Interactions between bottlenose dolphins with trammel nets in the Sardinia Island. ICES Document CM 2005 / X: 01, 12pp.

Donwload articleDíaz López, B. 2005. Interaction between bottlenose dolphins and fish farms: could there be an economic impact? ICES Document CM 2005/X:10, 16pp.






Articles dolphins and whales Sicentific articles dolphins and whales Papers about dolphins and whales Studying whales in Spain


Discover the species studied by the BDRI here...

Learn more about BDRI study area (Galicia, NW Spain)...

Read BDRI scientific publications..



One of the aims of BDRI is to train future researchers in marine mammals science by offering a wide range of programs and opportunities for students at all stages of their development. In addition to the marine research activities, we undertake rigorous educational programs providing work experience opportunities: internship positions, volunteering, training courses, and university project placements for bachelor and master students throughout the year.


Our educational programs aim to prepare students for a professional career in the research of marine mammals, marine birds, and conservation of the marine environment. 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 scientific research, boat based field work, intensive training while having fun and meeting people from all over the world, then these are the programs for you.


Internships in marine mammal science Volunteering with dolphins Marine mammals research


Follow us

Follow BDRI on Facebook Follow the BDRI on Twitter Follow our Youtube channel Follow the BDRI on Instagram