IV Marine Mammal Summer School

The IV-E3M offers theoretical and practical knowledge on the biology, ecology, evolution, natural history, physiology and conservation of marine mammals.


The IV-E3M is structured in two modules: 1) A basic module that is a 50-h course (delivered in Spanish) aimed at undergraduate students with limited or no experience with marine mammals, that will encompass various topics and that includes a hands-on field trip to Espiritu Santo National Park aboard a research vessel, and 2) a 20-h advanced module, aimed at postgraduate students or final year undergraduates, who select one of six topics (the modules are simultaneous, so only one can be selected):

Basic module (50 h) 14-18 July


Systematics and diversity

Oceanography and marine zoogeography

Ecology and life history

Anatomy and physiology

Conservation and current status


Human dimension

Select topics: Cetacean behavior, morphometrics, population dynamics, bases of bioacoustics, satellite marking, population genetics, phylogenetics, heavy metals and microplastics, biochemical markers and health

Limited to 50 students; lectures in Spanish

Advanced module (20 h) 20-21 July

Ecotoxicology and Marine Pollutants

Juan José Alava, Institute for the Ocean and Fisheries, University of British Columbia, Canada.

Stable isotopes in ecological and environmental studies

Seth Newsome, Center for Stable Isotopes
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA. Emma Elliot Smith, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, USA.

Telemetry as a tool for animal ecology

Tenaya Norris, The Marine Mammal Center, California, USA.

Population genetics and conservation genetics

Larissa Rosa de Oliveira,

Universidade do Vale do Rio dos Sinos

São Leopoldo, Brazil.

Adrián Munguía-Vega, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA.

Passive Acoustic Monitoring and photoID database management

Sally Mizroch, NOAA, USA. Armando Jaramillo Legorreta, INECC, SEMARNAT, México.

Introduction to marine mammal rehabilitation and disease

Cara Field, The Marine Mammal Center, California, USA.

Behavioural ecology of marine mammals (*to be delivered in Spanish)

Concepción García Aguilar, CICESE, México.

Diane Gendron, CICIMAR, México.

Sergio Martínez Aguilar, UABCS, México.

Limited to 15 students p/module; lectures in English*

Each advanced module needs a minimum of 5 students to open

The modules are simultaneous; students can only enroll in one.