The Short Documentary Film presenting the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary, currently under construction by Archipelagos on the Island of Lipsi, won the award for the “Best Heroic Act of Environmental Stewardship” at the World Whale Film Festival in Maui, Hawaii! The recipient of this award is selected by the festival’s audience, who had to choose
My name is Melanie Wagemans, and I am a member of the Archipelagos Media Team. I attend university at the Grafisch Lyceum (School for Graphic Design) in Utrecht, the Netherlands—my home country. There, I follow a course in audiovisual studies. Before I came to Archipelagos, I was mostly working on music videos for rock and metal
We (Emma, Casey, and Luciana) have now been working on the GIS Team at Archipelagos for the past eight weeks, allowing for the opportunity to work on many interesting projects. We all arrived around the same time at Archipelagos and it has been very beneficial to collaborate and exchange ideas and knowledge when tackling new
I come from Denmark where I study Aquatic Science and Technology at Technical University of Denmark. I came to Archipelagos for 4 months to be a part of the Marine Mammal Team, in the subteam Microplastics. In the Microplastics team I am working on a project assessing the microplastic content in gastrointestinal tracts of marine
I study Biological Sciences at University of Birmingham. I came to Archipelagos to join the Marine Mammal Team and I am working on the dolphin behaviour project, looking at the behaviours of Delphinus delphis (short-beaked common dolphin). Behavioural data taken during a sighting includes behavioural states (swimming or diving) and behavioural events (bow, breach, leap,
As a member of Arhcipelagos’ terrestrial research team, my aim is to learn about the fauna living on the Samos island in order to preserve it better. We have multiple projects (most of them seasonal) on the different species that we monitor around the island, such as the jackal bioacoustics surveys, jackal scats analysis, jackal
Soon after arriving in Samos, Greece in June 2019, Vivienne and Amy transferred to the island of Lipsi. Here, they spent the majority of their internship working with Archipelagos on the marine conservation team; Amy, being a recent graduate who studied wildlife conservation and ecology at the University of Chester, UK and Vivienne, who is
Archipelagos Marine Mammal Team has been monitoring the populations of whales and dolphins in the Aegean Sea and other parts of the NE Mediterranean for over 20 years. This research aims to fill in important knowledge gaps about the populations of these charismatic marine species. In late August-early September Archipelagos marine mammal team undertook a
Julia Sweatman joined both the media and terrestrial teams at Archipelagos in May 2019, soon after she achieved her BSc in biology and global health from the University of Toronto, in Canada. Julia was dually interested in working on the ongoing golden jackals (Canis aureus) projects as part of the terrestrial team, and in creating
Boglárka (Bogi), a Natural Sciences student from Eötvös Lóránd Science University in Hungary, joined the terrestrial team at Archipelagos in June 2019, when she decided to expand her view of wildlife conservation on the Mediterranean island of Samos. As she says It turned out to be her best decision so far – spending an incredible