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BIOL 4451   Marine Mammal Ecology & Conservation Field Course
This course represents a capstone requirement and experiential learning opportunity; it offers a unique hands-on experience in field research of ecology and conservation of free-ranging cetaceans. Conducted in a remote field location in central Philippines, with many hours out at sea, this course provides students with a fundamental knowledge, skills, and the appreciation of what it takes to design, implement, and effectively run field studies of highly mobile and wide-ranging animals such as dolphins and whales. During numerous discussions and group debates, we explore the similarities and differences with similar studies of other large marine vertebrates, and studies of other large mammals. 
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Students searching for dolphins

Students searching for dolphins

Students at sea learning marine mammal research techniques

Students at sea learning marine mammal research techniques

Students at sea learning field research technique

Students at sea learning field research technique

Stephen Chan taking photos at dolphin

Stephen Chan taking photos at dolphin

Spinner dolphin mom and calf leaping (Photo by Katrina Perandos)

Spinner dolphin mom and calf leaping (Photo by Katrina Perandos)

Students checking dolphin photo-IDs

Students checking dolphin photo-IDs

Spinner dolphin in Tanon Strait (Stenella longirostris longirostris) (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Spinner dolphin in Tanon Strait (Stenella longirostris longirostris) (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Risso's dolphin (Photo by Angelico Tiongson)

Risso's dolphin (Photo by Angelico Tiongson)

Signature behaviour of spinner dolphin - spinning (Photo by Derek Ho)

Signature behaviour of spinner dolphin - spinning (Photo by Derek Ho)

Smily faces after fieldwork

Smily faces after fieldwork

Risso's dolphin mom and juvenile (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Risso's dolphin mom and juvenile (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Searching for dolphins during line-transect surveys (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Searching for dolphins during line-transect surveys (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Pantropical Spotted dolphins leaping (Photo by Angelico Tiongson)

Pantropical Spotted dolphins leaping (Photo by Angelico Tiongson)

Pantropical Spotted dolphin high leap (Photo by Katrina Perandos)

Pantropical Spotted dolphin high leap (Photo by Katrina Perandos)

Marine Mammal Field Course - YEAH!!

Marine Mammal Field Course - YEAH!!

Melon-headed whale (Peponocephala electra) - mom and calf (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Melon-headed whale (Peponocephala electra) - mom and calf (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Marine Mammal Field Course 2013-14 in Bohol Sea

Marine Mammal Field Course 2013-14 in Bohol Sea

Marine Mammal Field Course 2016-17 in Tanon Strait

Marine Mammal Field Course 2016-17 in Tanon Strait

Launching survey in early morning (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Launching survey in early morning (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Heavily armed photo team

Heavily armed photo team

False killer whale in Tanon Strait (Photo by Teghan Shore)

False killer whale in Tanon Strait (Photo by Teghan Shore)

Dr. Harry Lin demonstrating hydrophone to students

Dr. Harry Lin demonstrating hydrophone to students

Excited students on board (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Excited students on board (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Dr. Harry Lin explaining acoustic samping procedures

Dr. Harry Lin explaining acoustic samping procedures

Dolphin encounter

Dolphin encounter

Dolphin encounter during Photo-ID survey (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Dolphin encounter during Photo-ID survey (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Discussion with Prof. Leszek on boat (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Discussion with Prof. Leszek on boat (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Discussing acoustic research with Dr. Harry Lin

Discussing acoustic research with Dr. Harry Lin

Cool Prof - Leszek chilling (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Cool Prof - Leszek chilling (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Close encounter with melon-headed whales

Close encounter with melon-headed whales

Close encounter with melon-headed whales 2

Close encounter with melon-headed whales 2

Bonus 3 - Crystal water

Bonus 3 - Crystal water

Blue whale outside Dumaguete (Photo by Hans Seiter)

Blue whale outside Dumaguete (Photo by Hans Seiter)

Bonus 2 - Housing at beachside

Bonus 2 - Housing at beachside

Bonus - Stunning scenary

Bonus - Stunning scenary

Field learning 2

Field learning 2

Discussing research during line-transect surveys at the 1st experiential field course, Philippines 2

Discussing research during line-transect surveys at the 1st experiential field course, Philippines 2

Discussing ideas and science during evening debates

Discussing ideas and science during evening debates

Cetacean ecology Filed Course, Philippines 2012

Cetacean ecology Filed Course, Philippines 2012

Class of 2012 -  our 1st experiential field course in the  Philippines

Class of 2012 - our 1st experiential field course in the Philippines

Discussing data analyses, Philippine field course

Discussing data analyses, Philippine field course

After the last survey of our 1st experiential field course, Philippines 2012

After the last survey of our 1st experiential field course, Philippines 2012

Eager photo-ID photographers, Philippines 2012

Eager photo-ID photographers, Philippines 2012

Field class, Philippines 2012

Field class, Philippines 2012

Our 1st sea-based class, Philippines

Our 1st sea-based class, Philippines

Prof Leszek and undergraduate students discussing research ideas out at sea, Philippines 2012

Prof Leszek and undergraduate students discussing research ideas out at sea, Philippines 2012

Stephen explaining data sheet design

Stephen explaining data sheet design

Searching for dolphins in Bohol Sea, 2012

Searching for dolphins in Bohol Sea, 2012

Prof Leszek and undergraduate students discussing cetacean ecology, Philippines

Prof Leszek and undergraduate students discussing cetacean ecology, Philippines

Our floating classroom, Philippines

Our floating classroom, Philippines

Our field camp, Bohol 2012

Our field camp, Bohol 2012

Students practicing Photo-ID data collection

Students practicing Photo-ID data collection

Time for a bit of relax, Philippines 2012

Time for a bit of relax, Philippines 2012

Students reviewing their data onboard our floating classroom

Students reviewing their data onboard our floating classroom

Animal Behaviour Field Course

Animal Behaviour Field Course

Marine Mammal Field Course

Marine Mammal Field Course

Marine Mammal Classroom Course

Marine Mammal Classroom Course

Animal Behaviour Classroom Course

Animal Behaviour Classroom Course

Students' Corner

Students' Corner

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