Master's Degree in Marine Biology

One of our students, Francesco Fioravanti, graduated with a thesis entitled "Variations in sound emissions related to group composition in Tursiops truncatus: the case study of the Ischia population."

Francesco's thesis, in the Master of Science in Marine Biology course at the University of Padua, combined two different techniques for the study of local bottlenose dolphin populations: acoustics and photo-identification.

The results show that the presence of a few charismatic individuals in the groups tends to stabilize sound emissions by decreasing variability. Congratulations, Francesco!

A special thanks to the advisor, Prof. Gianfranco Santovito, and co-supervisors, Dr. Marco Bonato and Dr. Barbara Mussi.