domingo, 8 de marzo de 2009

Voluntariado: BDRI en Cerdeña!

Hi everyone,

On behalf of the Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI (, I am pleased to announce that there are still places available for our 2009 Summer Internships (a minimum of 7 weeks of participation between June - September) in Sardinia Island, Italy. The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI is a marine science and education centre committed to conserving the diversity and integrity of marine life to meet the needs of current and future generations.

BDRI's researchers are engaged in the conduction of a long term study about the ecology and behaviour of wild bottlenose dolphins and the potential effects of human activities (fisheries, aquaculture and tourism) in their distribution and behaviour. An internship period with the BDRI offers an invaluable exposure to boat based field work,marine mammals research, intensive training and mentoring in marine biology. Undergraduate and postgraduate students can present their BDRI's personal research project as their Thesis. Internships can be used for academic or vocational purposes, but students are solely responsible for making all arrangements for receiving relevant credit(s) as a result of completing the internship.

Interns can expect to participate in and learn a variety of facets of marine mammal research as research assistants in two diverse research projects:

1. Mediterranean bottlenose dolphins societies project: We will take and analyse identification photos, study group structure and composition to refine details of dolphin societies and responses to human activities at sea. Volunteers assist with data collection onboard helping to locate, photograph and keep track of bottlenose dolphin groups. Back at the lab volunteers restock field supplies, analyse photos and transcribe data collected.

2. Effects of man-made noise pollution on dolphins' communication and behaviour: We will examine acoustic characteristics of bottlenose dolphins' vocal signals and we will compare these characteristics with those of man-made noise in order to investigate effects of noise exposure on the dolphins' behaviour and communication. Internships will actively participate in data collection onboard and monitor dolphins vocalizations. Back at the lab volunteers restock field supplies, analyse and transcribe acoustical data collected.

There is an internships cost of 35€-40€/day and BDRI will provide housing and all associated field costs during the internships period (training, use of materials, field work, electricity, gas, boat trips, etc). There is no compensation for these internship positions and successful applicants will be responsible for their own transportation expenses to and from the research camp (Sardinia, Italy).

There is no deadline to apply. However, approved applications are accepted on a first-come, first serve basis. Apply early! Start and end dates are flexible. Positions are open until filled.

Please download the internships general information
and the application

Send cover letter or inquiries by email to the Research Chief, Bruno Diaz Lopez, at Please indicate in your cover letter the dates you are available.
Bruno Diaz Lopez
Research Biologist / Marine Zoologist
Chief Researcher
The Bottlenose Dolphin Research Institute BDRI
V.Armando Diaz Nº4
07020 Golfo Aranci (SS) Italy
Tel: + (39) 346 0815414

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