The Wild Dolphin Project
Wild Dolphin Project Mission Statement (www.wilddolphinproject.org):
“The Wild Dolphin Project is a scientific research organization that studies and reports on a specific pod of free-ranging Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis). Objectives of this long-term, non-invasive field research are to gather information on the natural history of these dolphins, including behaviors, social structure, communication, and habitat; and to report what we have learned to the scientific community and the general public.”
As a field assistant for the Wild Dolphin Project, I contribute to Dr. Denise Herzing’s ongoing research of wild Atlantic spotted and bottlenose dolphins. My work includes:
Underwater video and hydrophone use to record dolphin behavior and vocalizations
Underwater and surface photography of dolphins for photo-identification
Drone video capture of dolphins to record behavior, group structure and respiration rates
I am currently conducting an independent project with Wild Dolphin Project, using a drone to study the behavior of Stenella frontalis.