Morigenos – Slovenian Marine Mammal Society is announcing Dolphin Research Courses in Slovenia (north Adriatic Sea), where interested individuals can assist in the bottlenose dolphin and loggerhead turtle long-term research and conservation programme. For the 12th year in a row, the courses will be taking place in June, July, August and September 2014.
Slovenian Dolphin Project is a long-term research, monitoring and conservation programme, established in 2002 and focusing on bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) in Slovenian and adjacent waters in the north Adriatic Sea. Bottlenose dolphins can be found in the area year-round. Over the past 10 years more than 130 individuals have been photo-identified. Research activities focus on dolphin distribution, abundance, behaviour, social structure, habitat use, feeding habits, fishery interactions and tourism impact, and aim to provide the scientific baseline for effective conservation of dolphins and their habitat. This research has been the basis for the implementation of Natura 2000 for bottlenose dolphins in Slovenia. Apart from dolphins, the research team also undertakes research on loggerheard turtles (Caretta caretta), which visit this area between April and October.
Morigenos Research Courses offer interested people to join the research team for 10 days and participate in research activities. This includes boat surveys, land-based watches, theodolite tracking, photo-identification and behavioural observations. All the necessary training is provided through lectures, practical work in the field, and short workshops. Food and accommodation are included. Anyone above the age of 16 can participate, regardless of nationality, academic background or previous experience.
This course enables you to participate in day-to-day research activities, as well as obtain background knowledge of marine mammal science, marine biology and conservation. It is equally suitable for students pursuing a career in marine mammal science and for those without an academic interest in this topic.
By the end of this course, you will:
- have a better understanding of current issues in marine mammal and turtle conservation;
- obtain an overview of different methods for studying marine mammals in the wild;
- acquire practical experience of pleasures and frustrations of marine mammal field research.
Detailed information, dates and costs can be found here:
There is no selection. Applications are treated on a "first-come, first-served" basis.
Please send an e-mail to morigenos(at)morigenos.org for registration or questions.