Dolphin Communication Project
an exciting, hands-on summer course? The Dolphin Communication
Project (DCP), in conjunction with Georgetown College, is pleased
to offer a Field Course in Ethological Studies - Marine &
Terrestrial. The field portions of this course will take place in
Bimini, Bahamas and Nassau, Bahamas.
Students will be introduced to the study of animal behavior using
a combination of lectures, readings, discussion, and research with
both a wild dolphin group and a captive dolphin population.
Lectures will focus on understanding animal behavior from an
ecological and evolutionary perspective. Readings and discussion
will focus on current research and methodology. Fieldwork will
provide students an introduction to the skills necessary to
conduct animal behavior research and to demonstrate these skills
by participating in independent research with senior scientists at
the field location.
Non-field portions of this course will be completed remotely, via
the free Internet communication program, Skype. Exact dates and
times are to be determined. The field portion will take place at
two sites and attendance at all lectures, activities, and training
sessions is mandatory. The format of the classroom meetings will
be discussion-oriented. Questions and class participation are
strongly encouraged. Training sessions (at Dolphin Encounters) and
research hours are also mandatory, for the safety of the student
and the animals.
Air transportation between Fort Lauderdale, FL and field sites
10 nights' accommodation (double or higher occupancy)
3 meals a day (one group meal out in Nassau not included; optional
meal out in Bimini not included)
4 half-day boat trips in search of dolphins (weather dependent)
Gratuity for boat, dock and hotel staff in Bimini
Transportation to and entry into Dolphin Encounters
Airport/Hotel transportation in Bimini and Nassau
Course instruction by Drs. Kathleen Dudzinski (DCP) and Rebecca
Singer (Georgetown College)
Certificate of completion (upon request)
Not included: Airfare to/from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
You must be at least 18 years old and fluent in English to
participate. US citizens are required to have a valid passport for
entry into the Bahamas (a birth certificate is not sufficient).
Students of other citizenship should confirm entry requirements.
Students currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program are given
first-priority. Registration for non-matriculated students will
open, space available, January 1.
No previous experience with marine mammals or marine biology is
required, however, all participants should be comfortable on a
boat, snorkeling and working as a team. Course may be used for
general enrichment or course credit; the student is solely
responsible for arranging credit with their home institution or
Georgetown College. Fees associated with course credit are not
included in the course fee.
For more information on this course, visit http://tinyurl.com/DCPAnimalBehavior.
If you have questions on this course, please contact DCP at email@example.com. For more
information on DCP, including a list of publications, please visit
The minimum enrollment is eight students, with a maximum of 14; so
Dolphin Communication Project
P.O. Box 711
Old Mystic, CT 06372-0711
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