The non-profit association M.E.E.R. would like to announce it's next field course in behavioural biology in the Canary Islands: "Field research of the project M.E.E.R. La Gomera" from 28 March - 11 April 2008.
The project M.E.E.R. La Gomera is conducting a study on the interactions between cetaceans and whale watching boats since many years. The participants of these 2-weeks practical courses will get an insight into the behavioural research conducted from whale watching boats operating off the island of La Gomera.
In this area, 21 cetaceans species could be identified during the last years, representing one of the highest known species diversities in the world. A list of publications that resultedf rom this project is given below.
The course includes a full training program: the theory and practice of behavioural research will be learned and profound background informationon whale watching will be given. Research experience that will be gained includes sighting data recording, behavioural sampling, photoidentification and others.
The course is fully accepted for the study of Biology at the Humboldt-Universitaet Berlin (Germany) and the University of Vienna (Austria). Moreover, the research is embedded in conservation efforts aiming at the preservation and promotion of whale watching as a sustainable use of cetaceans and the establishment of a marine sanctuary in the waters off La Gomera.
For further information (including downloads of a detailed brochure anda booking form) please visit:
One course is offered during the 2008 springtime field season: 28 March - 11 April 2008. The price is 875.- € including 7 whale watching research excursions, accommodation, full training program, scientific supervision, donation to M.E.E.R. e.V., written working material, certificate of attendance and one year MEER e.V. membership (The journey to and from La Gomera is not included in the price.) Early bookings are accepted until 11 December 2007 at a price of 814.- €
*Este curso es único en tanto que se centra en el comportamiento de los cetáceos. De momento es el único de esta tipología que se imparte en España. A los que no podáis asistir en la convocatoria de primavera, os agradará saber que también suelen celebrar otra en otoño (a mediados de octubre).