Career Series: Cognitive & Behavioral Marine Mammal Research DolphinLab
Please note: We made some exciting changes to our Adult DolphinLab courses! Please be certain to review the information and details on each respective course page in its entirety, regardless of previous participation.
Cognitive & Behavioral Marine Mammal Research DolphinLab is part of our Career Series DolphinLab programs. The course is a six-day program that provides an in-depth, hands-on immersion into the field of marine mammal science, and surveys a wide-range of knowledge, theories, and ongoing research concerning dolphins.
By working with staff on DRC research studies, students gain a greater understanding of the cognitive abilities and social behavior of these amazing animals, as well as deeper insight into research concepts and methodology. As they are introduced to DRC and its resident dolphin population, students continue to learn to respect each dolphin as an individual through observation of their unique behavioral and physical characteristics.
The course includes a unique blend of seminars, observation time, and hands-on activities and proves that learning about research is not only fascinating, but also fun! Class sizes average six to twelve students to ensure individualized instruction. Cognitive and Behavioral Marine Mammal Research DolphinLab is an academically rigorous class and is designed for those truly interested in learning the ins and outs of research with marine mammals. The course also includes a group project in which students work together in a small group to design a cognitive study, and present the design and methodologies to DRC’s research team.
The program begins at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, and ends at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. Additional information and required waivers and forms are provided in the Welcome Packet emailed to each participant once enrolled and the course is confirmed to run.
DRC’s Current Research
Hands-On Activities & Interactive Programs Include:
Assist research staff in conducting research sessions
Learn to conduct independent observation sessions
Participate in additional research activities
One Dolphin Encounter session
One Play with a Dolphin session
A Dock Side Signal Session
Additional Activities Include:
Daily informal discussions with research staff and informal observation time with the dolphins.
The cost of Cognitive & Behavioral Marine Mammal Research DolphinLab is $1,800.00 (US). Tuition includes all seminars, activities, interactive programs, and digital photographs from various dolphin interactions throughout the week.
Tuition does not include:
Students must successfully complete Adult Basic DolphinLab before attending Cognitive and Behavioral Marine Mammal Research DolphinLab. Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in marine mammal science and careers in the field, and be able to participate in an academically and physically rigorous schedule. The course is available to all students ages 18 and up. The student may enroll in more than one Lab within the same season; however, Dolphin Research Center reserves the right to determine whether the Career Series Labs are an appropriate fit for the student based on his/her performance in Adult Basic, or other Career Series courses previously completed.
Enrollment for the 2021 Adult DolphinLab season opens once dates are posted to the website, and the website indicates enrollment is open. Applications will not accepted before such time. We hope to welcome you in 2021!