The Aegean Sea is one of most important marine biodiversity hotspots in the Mediterranean, supporting key populations of cetaceans (dolphins and whales), Mediterranean monk seals and sea turtles. Archipelagos’ Marine Mammal Research Team uses the equipped sailing boats “Pinelopi” and “Naftilos”, as well as the research boat “Aegean Explorer” and the speed boat “Asterias” to monitor the regional status of marine mammal and sea turtle populations and their habitats in the Aegean, an area where data relating to these species is largely deficient. During day-long or multi-day research trips, the team gathers data on species populations and their respective threats, identifying critical habitats, and quantifies human and environmental impacts to fill these knowledge gaps.
This internship consists of both field work and office work, which will provide interns with valuable skill sets in data collection and equipment use, as well as data analysis and report writing. These skills set the foundation for a professional career in marine mammal research, marine conservation and environmental management. Boat-based surveys are conducted throughout the year depending on the weather conditions. Surveys take place on our research vessels: Aegean Explorer (22m motorboat), Naftilos (15m sailing boat), Pinelopi (16m sailing boat), and Asterias (7m speedboat).
• Cetacean presence, abundance, distribution and behavioural studies (BORIS software) through boat-based surveys.
• Species distribution, residency patterns and social structure using mark recapture photo-ID techniques.
• Passive Acoustic Monitoring of cetacean species and anthropogenic noise, using a broadband Hydrophone array (320m) and stationary hydrophone.
• Use of PAMGuard and Raven Pro software for data analysis of acoustic monitoring.
• Presence, abundance, distribution and behavioural analysis of Mediterranean monk seals and sea turtles (Loggerhead and Green sea turtle).
• Monitoring and assessing coastal and floating marine litter and seabird populations at sea.
• Monitoring and assessing interactions with fishing boats and other commercial or recreational boats.
These projects provide field-work and hands-on research opportunities for under-graduate and post-graduate students, as well as for researchers looking to gain field-research experience or to collect data for scientific publications.
This internship program is available for students, graduates and researchers of marine, ecological and environmental sciences and/or veterinary medicine. Applicants must be able to work both independently and as part of a dynamic, multicultural, multidisciplinary team. During multi-day expeditions, the research team lives on the boat, so applicants must be able to live in tight quarters for several days at a time.
• Working towards or completion of a marine related scientific degree
• Accurate data entry
• Knowledge in the application of statistics, with some experience in a programming language such as R or Python.
• Good knowledge of the marine environment
• Experience with scientific surveying
• 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
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 225 - 270 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.