The Aegean Sea is one of the most important marine biodiversity hotspots in the Mediterranean, with some of the most extensive and pristine seagrass meadows and coralligenous assemblages hosting populations of keystone species. Unfortunately, these biodiversity hotspots and keystone species are at increasing risk of anthropogenic activities such as illegal fishing, tourism and climate change. Archipelagos aims to protect and conserve the Aegean nature with frontier science for conservation, and we need spatial analyses in achieving our goals.
Archipelagos analyses a lot of (geographic) information which is published in maps and reports for conservation purposes. The GIS team assists in collecting, interpreting, and visualizing data in all marine projects with the support from our research vessel the ‘Aegean Explorer’, scientific-equipped kayaks and satellite data. Main data sources for the GIS team are collected from an array of important scientific tools, such as a down-scan sonar, multibeam, biomass scanner, ROV and many more. We are involved in many (inter)national projects to improve the spatial data for the Mediterranean Sea. The GIS team is usually a small team of two to five people who assist the researchers of Archipelagos.
Examples of recent internship projects
• The mapping of seagrass meadows through cost-efficient kayak-based methods using single beam sonar.
• The mapping of coralligenous assemblages through boat-based surveys using the multibeam sonar and the ROV, aboard the Aegean Explorer.
• Monitoring the spatial distribution of floating marine litter in the Aegean Sea with Sentinel-2 imagery.
• Mapping the coastal habitats along the Aegean islands with drone surveys and classification via GIS and programming software.
• Supervised classification of bottom-scan sonar data for the detection of seagrass absence / presence with Python algorithms.
The internship will consist of both fieldwork at sea and office work, which will help you to gain a valuable skill set in data collection and analyses from an array of scientific tools. You are providing support to different projects related to the conservation of the Aegean Sea and her islands. As Archipelagos is continually improving the data collection and conservation outputs, you will be encouraged to explore new ideas.
At least one of the following requirements is needed:
• GIS: Good experience with GIS software (e.g. QGIS, ArcGIS);
• Remote Sensing: Knowledge of Remote Sensing packages (e.g. SNAP, ENVI, ErDAS);
• Data analyses: knowledge in statistics, programming, geospatial analyses with some experience in a programming language such as R or Python.
• Fluency in English
• Good communication skills
• Ability to work in a multicultural environment
• Motivation to live in remote places with simple facilities
• Sincere desire to work towards Archipelagos’ conservation efforts
What we offer
We offer an internship at an inspiring institute with experts on coastal conservation. You have the opportunity to collect data for writing a thesis, scientific publications or increasing your skillset within the marine conservation sector. Internships range from 3 - 12 months, although shorter or longer internship periods may be arranged to cover the needs of groups or individuals. As Archipelagos is a non-profit research institute, the internships we offer are unpaid. The experience requires an internship weekly fee of 200 - 245 euros to cover living and research expenses (e.g. housing, 3 meals a day, public liability insurance and other research facilities). Students and recent graduates and researchers are advised to search for possible funding through their universities, by getting in touch with the International Office/ Placement/ Erasmus+ Offices at their Universities or other relevant grant providing organizations in their region.
To apply for this internship, please send an email to our admissions team outlining your program of interest and requesting an application form - [email protected] We will get back to you within 2 working days.