Support The Dolphins

The goal of our research is to further knowledge and understanding of the Shark Bay dolphins and the environment they live in. We greatly value any support that individuals or private foundations provide. Although scientific grant support is critical to our endeavors, full support is difficult to achieve. Thus, supplemental funding goes a long way in helping us purchase and maintain essential supplies, equipment, and assistance.

Usually people have specific interests in what they would like to support and how. You can visit our online store where you can purchase t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. with our logo and those funds support the development of research facilities on site at Monkey Mia, Shark Bay.

Individual research projects are generally supported from grants (e.g., National Geographic Society, National Science Foundation, Australian Research Council). If you are interested in contributing to a particular enterprise, please click on the links to the right to contact the coordinating researcher directly. Please also see the researcher page and publication list for more information on the various areas of research. You can always request more information through

The following organizations and businesses have provided financial and in kind support:

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists
Airline Supply by J. Sink
American Museum of Natural History
American Society of Mammalogists
Animal Behaviour Society
Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
Aspen Parks
Australian Research Council
The Chicago Zoological Society / Brookfield Zoo
The Danish National Research Council
The Department of Environment and Conservation -Rangers of the Dolphin Information Center
The Eppley Foundation for Research
The Explorers Club
Florida International University
Georgetown University
The Helen V. Brach Foundation
Integrity Coach Lines
Kakulas Brothers
Magellan Australia
Marlin Boat Sales
The Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort
National Aquarium, Baltimore
National Geographic Society
National Institutes of Health
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Canada
The National Science Foundation
Ocean Whaler
Pinnacle Tours
Seebie Trust
Shark Bay Ecosystem Research Project
Shipwrights of Deloy
Shotover Wildlife Cruises
The Society for Marine Mammalogy
Splash Dive Center of Alexandria, VA
The University of Maryland
The University of Michigan
The University of Queensland
The University of Western Australia
Western Australian Museum

Areas of Research

Dr. Janet Mann

  • Long-term monitoring of Shark Bay dolphins and database development
  • Human impacts- provisioning at Monkey Mia
  • Female reproduction and calf care
  • Calf behavior and development
  • Tool-use with sponges (eastern gulf)
  • Hunting behavior and transmission of hunting tactics

Dr. Celine Frère

  • Social networks
  • Molecular ecology (blow-sampling, genomics)