Dolphin Communication Project.Dolphin Communication Project

Location:  Bahamas

Looking for 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.

Class Format:

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.

Fee includes:
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 If you have questions on this course, please contact DCP at For more information on DCP, including a list of publications, please visit

The minimum enrollment is eight students, with a maximum of 14; so sign-up today!

Dolphin Communication Project
P.O. Box 711
Old Mystic, CT  06372-0711


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