Development of a Methodology to Assess Anchor Damages on Posidonia Seagrass Meadows   Following the increase of coastal urbanization, 46% of the Posidonia oceanica meadows have disappeared or become threatened by a number of factors including boat anchoring. In the Aegean islands, where recreational yachting is a major touristic activity this environmental threat is an
Photo-Identification of Short Beaked Common Dolphins (Delphinus delphis)   The Marine Mammal Team of Archipelagos Institute has for many years been collecting photographs of the populations of the resident Short Beaked Common dolphins (Delphinus delphis) while conducting boat surveys. This valuable photographic material is then processed to perform photo identification via mark and recapture techniques.
Research Assessing the Dietary Preferences of Golden Jackals The Golden Jackals are opportunistic feeders, meaning that they will eat anything available, ranging from grapes and carobs to rodents and birds or even animal carcasses. The aim of this research project is to investigate the preference of seasonal and easy to find food, like carob or
Installation Project of Lipsi base On Lipsi Island, where the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary will be located, the renewable energy team is aiming to create a research base and veterinary clinic that may fully function using renewable energy sources. With the average monthly sunshine on Lipsi reaching approximately 400 hours, and winter sunshine hours still

Media Team, December 2016

Material for awareness-raising on the threats of plastics This month Archipelagos’ media team, in cooperation with Microplastics research team, worked on posters and leaflets as a part of an awareness raising campaign in regards to “Why we are moving away from Plastic”. The main goal is to enlighten the public on how small plastic particles can leach from

Microplastics Team, December 2016

Analysis of the content of the gastrointestinal tract of a Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) in the search for micro-plastics. At the beginning of November, a sea turtle stranding (Caretta caretta) on Psili Ammos beach allowed the start of a new study: micro-plastic research in stomach and intestinal contents. The sea turtle was necropsied and the

Marine Mammal Team, November 2016

Habitat modelling of common dolphin, Delphinus delphis, in the Aegean Sea by using different dynamic models The aim of the project is to complete habitat modelling of common dolphins, Delphinus delphis, in the Aegean Sea by using different dynamic models.  Populations of marine mammals found in Mediterranean Sea are genetically distinct from their North Atlantic
Posidonia oceanica mapping Posidonia oceanica is an aquatic flowering plant endemic to the Mediterranean, instrumental in providing habitats and nursery grounds to a diverse array of species in the area. Although the seagrass is imperative to ecosystem health, conservation efforts have not mirrored this: Posidonia oceanica’s status is only listed as “least concern” in the
Research on the Golden Jackal of Samos Jackal diet preference survey Jackals are opportunistic feeders, meaning that they will eat anything available at the moment, ranging from grapes and carobs to rodents and birds or even animal carcasses. The aim of this survey is to investigate the preference of seasonal and easy to find food

Microplastics Team, November 2016

Studying Surface Water for Plankton & Microplastics In this project we collect sea surface water in the eastern Aegean Sea to find trends between the amount of plankton and microplastics and establish if a correlation exists. We hypothesise that greater quantities of plastics leads to fewer plankton in the neustonic layer leading to a greater