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The customizable courses can be taught by the visiting instructors accompanying the student group or the knowledgeable supervisors at Archipelagos, or a combination of both. Field courses can range in duration from seven days to over a month; we are happy to tailor the course to your needs and requirements. There are options for courses at sea and on land. The structure of each course is flexible and speculative course proposals are welcomed, allowing your students to benefit from module and content specific courses. Module-specific courses are currently offered to universities, such as Essex and Cardiff, letting students gain practical skills to accompany the content of their course. Courses may focus on one or a combination of these topics: marine conservation, marine mammal research, terrestrial conservation and coastal ecology, all of which include field work. Field work could include animal surveys and snorkeling.
Each course unit may consist of seminars and field work. Seminars will take place in-class rather than out in the field so students can gain a broader understanding of each topic. Seminars may discuss topics such as Aegean wildlife, seagrass meadows and micro and macro-plastics. Archipelagos runs an ongoing microplastics study which could be of particular interest.
Archipelagos field courses can take on a variety of schedules, varying from practical to theoretical. In the past, courses have included some or all of these activities: lectures, snorkeling, field trips on research boats, a visit to the Archeological Museum of Pythagorio, wetland and kayak field surveys, lab work and beach cleanup. Field surveys will take around two to three hours and occur at certain times of the day depending on the animal being surveyed, for example the terrapin turtle survey happens early in the morning (6:30-9:30 am) while the jackal surveys happen late at night (dusk/nighttime).
Field Courses at Archipelagos will provide students with:
- Practical training
Students will develop an understanding of applied marine science through led field work and the use of field equipment (specific to particular course).
- Data collection and analysis skills
Students will acquire the necessary skills needed to follow methodologies in order to collect scientific data and individually analyse these data sets.
- Technical skills
For example, if the course being taken is focused on Geographic Information Mapping Systems, the group will learn to use specialised software to map their data and visualise information. Additionally, students may have the opportunity to obtain the skills needed to analyse cetacean bioacoustics with Archipelagos’ Sonar and Array systems.
- Location specific knowledge
We are located in the northeastern Aegean where students have the opportunity to acquire important knowledge specific to this area of Greece, and a wider understanding of the Mediterranean.
Samos Research Base
Archipelagos Institute’s main base is on beautiful Samos Island, Greece, just off the Turkish coast. Due to the geographical position of Samos and its proximity to the protected Turkish peninsula, the region supports a wealth of rare wildlife both on land and at sea. The area represents a unique biogeographical crossroads between three continents: Europe, Asia and Africa.
Samos Island supports a rare and unique biodiversity that includes some of the most important remaining populations of marine mammals and turtles in the Mediterranean, and has extensive areas of protected habitats such as Posidonia seagrass meadows, an important environment which stores an incredible amount of blue carbon along with mangroves and saltmarshes. Samos is one of the only islands in the Mediterranean with populations of golden jackals and Mediterranean chameleons. The terrestrial and marine habitats in the area and the fauna that they house are threatened by anthropogenic disturbances.
Archipelagos’ Other Bases
We have several other bases aside from the one in Samos and part of the field course could be spent travelling south to the more remote island complexes of Lipsi and Arki (keeping in mind that in the small islets we provide much more basic dorm style-accommodation). Alternatively, you could be based only on Samos, and carry out trips that start and end on Samos every day.
One option for accommodation during the field course is to stay on one of our boats. This provides a unique experience and is particularly convenient for marine-based field courses. Staying on Samos Island is another option. Students will stay in a prearranged hotel near Archipelagos research base. Accommodation is in shared rooms. The research station itself has lab and lecture facilities as well as a communal dining area. Moreover, Archipelagos has access to a hired coach and Archipelagos registered vehicles for transportation. The base is located a few kilometers from the historical village of Pythagorio - the hometown of the famous mathematician Pythagoras - and is just a few metres from the beach where you can see the sun rising behind the Turkish mountains.