Research and public outreach to understand and protect the dolphins of Montenegro

Project name:

Montenegro Dolphin Research

Project purpose:

Montenegro Dolphin Research (MDR) is a project run by the Marine Mammals Research Association (DMAD), a NGO based in Turkey but operating throghout the eastern Mediterranean. MDR was established to protect the currently endangered dolphins in the region using a combination of research and public outreach. MDR is currently the only organisation performing continuous dedicated surveys on cetaceans in an area that is rich in cetaceans (dolphins and whales) but heavily underrepresented in terms of research.

Project activities:

  • animal interaction
  • community awareness
  • data collection/analysis
  • habitat restoration/management

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

200

Marine

Montenegro

Europe

Direct benefits you gain:

  • data/statistical skills
  • field research skills
  • report writing
  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy
  • publishes peer-reviewed science
  • publishes work

Accommodation:

Shared rooms (max. 4 people)

When does the project run?

All year

Facilities:

accommodation included
cooking facilities
electricity
local shops
nearby medical facilities
refillable drinking water
shower (hot)
toilet (western)
wifi

How long can I stay?

Absolute minimum of 1 month however internships of 2 months or more are recommended as not all teaching can be given in this time.

Requirements:

  • a passion for marine conservation
  • degree or working towards is preferable but not essential and candidates without will be considered

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

Interns will take part in land and boat based surveys to collect essential data on distribution, behaviour and photo identification of dolphins in Montenegro and northern Albania. Interns are given the opportunity to take part in the writing of technical reports and articles to be submitted to peer-reviewed journals. Longer term interns have the opportunity to undertake their own research projects.

Interns can expect to receive training in:


Field modules
1 - Introduction to using a theodolite for marine mammal studies - theory
2 - Introduction to using a theodolite for marine mammal studies - practical
3 - Introduction to cetacean behavioural studies
4 - Environmental data collection training using ZyGRIB
5 - Recording cetacean and marine vessel distribution using Pythagoras - infield training
6 - Recording infield environmental data - infield training
7 - Recording data on boat surveys using Logger 2010 Software


Discovery - Photo Identification software
1 - Setup of discovery software
2 - Importing and categorising photos in the catalogue
3 - Identifying and matching individuals 


GIS
1 - The research question and the perfect dataset
2 - Importing data in GIS and displaying coordinates
3 - Coordinate systems and projections and corrections to data sets
4 - Survey Areas
5 - Kernel densities
6 - Fishnet


Other
1 - Introduction to MDR and DMAD
2 - Data entry and proof
3 - Writing an effective research paper

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Matt Megill

The previous review I accidentally submitted before I was done. And I want to write the FULL REVIEW:

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His fiery passion for the ocean is contagious. He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

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Matt Megill

Diving at Isla del Caño was such a life changing, passion accelerating experience for me. I had done a conservation diving internship in Thailand before this experience, and it felt GREAT to apply those skills and field methods to another part of the world. I had a passion for the ocean before this experience, however this expedition solidified that I need to dedicate my life and career to the ocean and science.

Carlos is truly an inspiration. His firey He worked really hard to put the experience together with the boat, the dive equipment, and the education. This expedition was a lot of hard work. We woke up really early went on two dives a day. We came back exhausted. But I really can't stress how rewarding the experience was. The fact we were literally kind of advising and providing resources for the rangers protecting the island made me feel like I was making a difference in the world.

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