RESEARCH STAFF

The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute (BDRI) is an independent marine science center dedicated to research, education, and conservation of marine biodiversity. BDRI’s researchers are experienced biologists familiar with the study area, the animals, the research protocols, safety and other logistics.

 

Our field research experience, innovative technology, and commitment to research, education, and conservation make our institute an important source of knowledge about the marine biodiversity and environment for scientists, decision-makers, and the public.

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OUR TEAM

FOUNDER, DIRECTOR AND CHIEF BIOLOGIST

Dr. Bruno DÍAZ LÓPEZ

Bruno is a Spanish scientist with more than 20 years of experience as a cetacean researcher. He has published over 70 scientific articles in international journals and conferences and has delivered a number of lectures and public talks on cetacean research and conservation around the world. His main interests are behavioural ecology, dolphin communication, and effects of human activities on marine mammals. Bruno has studied marine mammals since 1995, in the Atlantic Ocean, Persian Gulf, and Mediterranean Sea. He is Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Bordeaux (France). He previously studied biology at the University of Santiago de Compostela (BSc) and University of Vigo (MSc) in Spain. He has trained a number of research assistants and has supervised more than 100 students working on their thesis about cetaceans in the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean since 2002. Bruno is also a reviewer of the most important journals of ecology, marine biology, and conservation. He speaks English, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Galician. Bruno is responsible for the overall goals of the BDRI research projects and for training and supervising PhD students, field research course students, interns and volunteers.

 

You can access to his Researchgate Profile Here and contact him at: bruno@thebdri.com

 

RESEARCH MANAGER AND PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Séverine METHION

Séverine is a French scientist who obtained her PhD at the University of Bordeaux (France) in 2019 studying the ecology and behaviour of common bottlenose dolphins in Galician waters (work supervised by Dr. Díaz López). She previously obtained a European MSc in Marine Environment and Resources (Université de Bordeaux, Universidad del Pais Vasco & University of Southampton). Her special interest in marine mammal research was highlighted by her specialisation during her master in marine biology within the Murdoch University Cetacean Research Unit (Australia), studying the ecology of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins in Perth (Australia). Séverine joined the BDRI in 2015 and has since worked as a member of staff. She carries out field data collection in the Atlantic Ocean (Spain) and in the Persian Gulf (Abu Dhabi) since then, as well as data analysis. She has authored various scientific presentations and publications as part of her work as a BDRI marine ecologist. She speaks English, French, and Spanish. She is responsible for the photo-identification work in Galician waters and for training and supervising interns and volunteers.

 

You can access to her Researchgate Profile Here and contact her at: severine@thebdri.com

 

RESEARCH STAFF

Ms. Olga MOSCA

Olga is an Italian/Canadian biologist that joined the BDRI in 2018 as an intern coordinator. She graduated as a biologist from the University of Victoria (Canada) where she presented her BSc in Marine Biology in 2017. She is currently working on her Master's thesis about bottlenose dolphin acoustic communication at the BDRI (work supervised by Dr. Díaz López). She is responsible for the coordination of the interns and volunteers and assists with data collection and analysis. She speaks English, Italian, and Spanish.

 

You can access to her Researchgate Profile Here or contact her at: olga@thebdri.com

 

Dr. Oriol GIRALT PARADELL

Oriol is a marine biologist with several experiences in the study of marine mammals. He graduated as a biologist from the University of Barcelona (Spain) and has a MSc in Marine Biology from the University College Cork (Ireland). He just obtained his PhD at the University College Cork by studying the ecology of short-beaked common dolphins in Galician waters under the supervision of Dr. Díaz López. Oriol has joined several conservation and research projects on cetaceans and other marine species in Hawaii (USA) and Barcelona (Spain) in the past. These allowed him to acquire valuable experience on different research techniques that can be applied to cetacean research, such as mark recapture techniques, GIS analysis as well as data collection and analysis. He speaks English, Spanish, German and Catalan. He joined the BDRI in 2017 and, up to 2020, was responsible for the coordination of the interns and volunteers and assists with the photo-identification work and data collection. He now temporally joins the BDRI to assist with data collection, and continues to contribute to data analysis and scientific publication.

 

You can access to his Researchgate Profile Here and contact him at: oriol@thebdri.com

 

INTERN COORDINATORS

Every year, young and enthusiastic individuals join the BDRI research team to assist with field data collection, office work as well as intern/volunteer training.

 

Ms. Núria MARCO MAGRANER

Núria is a Spanish biologist that joined the BDRI in 2021 as an intern coordinator. She has a MSc in Oceanography and Marine Environmental Management from the University of Barcelona. She speaks English, Spanish and Catalan. She coordinates interns and volunteers and land-based data collection.

 

Ms. Sara SIMõES

Sara is a Portuguese biologist that joined the BDRI in 2016 as a BSc student and then in 2018 as MSc student. In 2019, Sara joined as an intern coordinator and she graduated as a marine biologist from the University of Aveiro (Portugal) where she presented her MSc thesis. For her MSc thesis, she studied bottlenose dolphin skin marks with the BDRI (work supervised by Dr. Díaz López). She speaks English, Portuguese, and French. She temporally join the BDRI to coordinate interns and volunteers and to assist with the photo-identification work and data collection.

 

RESEARCH ASSISTANTS (INTERNS AND VOLUNTEERS)

Our research team trains future generations of marine scientists and is committed to understanding and reducing the impact of human activities on the marine ecosystems. The BDRI has educational programs aimed at providing extra support for scientists early in their careers, science students, local schools, and scientists from all over the world, from training opportunities in the field to classroom and field research courses. The young scientists that volunteer in exchange for research experience are vital components of the BDRI project. Interns are generally students or recent graduates with backgrounds in biological, environmental, or marine science. Many complete their thesis work with the BDRI. Over the years, the BDRI received more than 500 interns from Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands (the), New Zealand, Norway, Mexico, Morocco, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United States of America, Venezuela, and Wales.

 

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