This course provides a general background to marine mammal biology and field methods in addition to conservation/management issues affecting them. The course is primarily for advance undergraduates but graduate and sophomores can enroll with permission of an instructor. Students are expected to participate in a variety of activities lectures, field projects, and outreach activities with the community. The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute located in the main island, Isla Colon provides unique access to students and scientists to a diversity of aquatic organisms and marine ecosystems. Students are also expected to participate in outreach activities on sustainable dolphin watching with the local indigenous communities and tour operators.