Remote Multidisciplinary Internships on Applied Marine Conservation

During the time of the COVID-19 outbreak, if you are unable to travel, you can still gain first-hand experience in applied marine conservation on our remote internship programme, which includes “Real Time Monitoring of Marine Ecosystems”. Students, graduates and young professionals can gain scientific, policy or communication experience working with the research team of Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation.

This exciting remote internship offers interns an immersive opportunity to remotely aid researchers who continue to work in the field, by helping to analyze and interpret data being collected with the use of state of the art equipment. Part of this data-set can be shared in real-time, during surveys conducted in the spring, summer and autumn of 2020.

Real-Time Monitoring of Marine Ecosystems uses a combination of:

  • Drone-based marine mammal surveys, which are combined with data collected during boat-based research surveys,
  • Underwater cameras monitoring the biodiversity of coastal ecosystems and the spread of invasive species. Footage can be shared in real-time.
  • Underwater sensors logging oceanographic data in response to the current changing climate.

With travel restrictions in place, the use of these innovative technologies and software programs overcome accessibility issues and provides remote interns with a modern way of monitoring marine ecosystems with minimal human disturbance. Data will be utilized to inform local conservation and environmental management activities. It will also help describe how ecosystems respond during the time of minimal human disturbance at sea during and after the time of restrictions due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Marine Ecology Research & Conservation

Marine Ecology remote interns aid the institute by helping to analyze and interpret environmental data, which can then be used to inform local conservation and environmental management activities. Projects include:

  • Assessment of Blue Carbon in seagrass meadows
  • Determining the presence and abundance of invasive species
  • Assessing the rate of recolonization on artificial reefs
  • Comparing sampling methods for identifying fish biodiversity and abundance
  • Monitoring the health and biodiversity Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows as a habitat for fish and macroinvertebrates

Marine Mammals Research & Conservation

Remote interns aid the team on site through photo identification activities, population structure analysis and map creation using GIS, and live stream drone surveys. Projects focus on:

  • Comparing changes in Delphinus delphis population in the Aegean Sea
  • Assessing changes in the pod structure of cetaceans during different seasons
  • Population monitoring of cetaceans around Lipsi Island using drones

Environmental policy

Interns who want to gain exposure to real-world applications of the use of environmental law, have the unique opportunity to join a marine conservation effort and work alongside environmental researchers in key conservation projects. This material will be used to combat environmental crimes or to develop environmental management and conservation strategies.

Mixed Media for Environmental Conservation

If you have a background in media and passion for the protection of nature, this unique opportunity enables remote interns to gain experience with a highly respected marine conservation effort. Assist researchers to communicate their findings and engage the public on key environmental protection issues, while gaining exposure to real-world applications of media. Interns can design infographics, posters, animations, scientific illustrations and other related material to help raise awareness of environmental challenges and engage others to take action for the protection of our seas.

On-site internships in the Aegean are still possible!

As the control measures for Covid-19 gradually are gradually eased in Greece, according to official announcements so far, visitors from abroad will be able to travel into the country from July onwards, while they will be expected to respect certain safety measures. Therefore we hope that we can continue hosting on-site internships starting July and throughout the coming autumn and winter.On-site internships will take place on Lipsi island and on board Archipelagos' 2 research vessels.Even during the time of Covid-19 lockdown, Archipelagos' staff and interns who remained on Lipsi island were able to continue their research and conservation work on-site, while respecting national safety measures.
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