Archipelagos Intern Experience

An insight into conservation at Archipelagos

I study Animal Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa in the United States. When I first started my remote internship, I thought it would be like learning like I am at the university. I was extremely wrong where I had the freedom and flexibility to customize my remote internship – how I learn,
‘Having recently graduated from a degree studying biomedical sciences in Edinburgh, I am currently working towards pursuing a career in science media, specifically relating to filmmaking. So, after finding out Archipelagos offered a documentary filmmaking internship, it was a very fitting decision to come to Greece for a few months. It has been great experience
I am Jan and I am studying marine sciences at the Scottish association for marine sciences in Oban. I have joined the marine ecology team here on Lipsi between July and October 2020 and I recently set up a project on macro-invertebrates and their abundance/activity on different substrates and at different times of the day.
As a remote intern on the Marine Mammal research team, much of my work focused on analysis of photo identification data. Previously, I have carried out research involving parasites in marine mammals at Smith College, but this internship provided me with the opportunity to gain experience with field work. Although I was not able to
As a geography student from Nottingham Trent University in the UK I worked on a remote internship programme using GIS with Archipelagos for six weeks, opening doors to a new field of research in marine conservation. I began my placement from home on 15th June 2020 where my pre-existing GIS skills were put to the
My name is Caroline and I come from France, where I study agronomy and environmental science. After a study semester in the Netherlands to learn more about the aquaculture and marine resources management, I came to Archipelagos, until the summer, to be part of the Marine Mammal Team. I am working on two separate projects.
I am a master’s student in the Sea and Society master’s program at University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and I hold a master’s in computer science. Due to my technical background, I was very interested in the GIS and remote sensing internship that is offered at Archipelagos. I decided to spend my summer there and see
My name is Luke Rodgers and I study Marine biology at Queen’s University in Belfast. I came to Archipelagos as part of my placement year and will be working on the Island of Lipsi from January until the end of June, here I joined the Marine mammal team in their ongoing research in the Aegean
My name is Margarida, I am from Portugal. I am currently doing an international master program – IMBRSea (International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resources). From April 21st to June 16th , 2020 I did my master’s Professional Practice on Marine Mammal Research and Conservation with “Archipelagos – Institute of Marine Conservation”. Due to
I am a third year University student from London (UK), studying Biological Sciences (MSci) at the University of Birmingham. I joined the Marine Mammal Research team at Archipelagos because I love fauna and have a passion for conservation! My research specialises in Marine Bioacoustics, focussing on the effect of boat presence and anthropogenic noise on
Katja Wolff, a Swiss-Greek intern, is currently working on making a fish ID guide based on the fish species she has been recording during her visual-census surveys. To create this guide she is using photos she has been collecting as well as her own illustrations to point out the characteristics that differentiate each species. Her
My name is Yassir Elbashir, and I’m part of the media team. I decided to join Archipelagos because I wanted to try photography and videography in a new field and gain experience while working abroad. While searching for internships, Archipelagos was recommended to me by a friend. I have been at Archipelagos for 3 months
I was always looking for a job in which I could make a small contribution to the protection of our environment. After a long search, I stumbled across my current study program – Geoinformation and Environmental Technologies in Villach, Austria. I realised that Geographic Information Systems (GIS) were exactly what I was looking for. By
My name is Delaney Rea, and I’m from the United States. I graduated from the University of Oregon in June of 2018 with a degree in journalism and multimedia, with an emphasis on video and design. At Archipelagos, I’m a member of the media team. I mainly work on video projects for the organization, but
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
Shortly after Saulé, an intern from Lithuania, finished her undergraduate studies in ecology and environmental management at Klaipeda University, she came here to Archipelagos seeking to gain more knowledge of coastal biodiversity, artificial reef research and implementation, and imagery analysis. Due to self-motivation, and because of wonderful colleagues and supervisors from different research fields, her
Inge joined the Archipelagos GIS team in April 2019 for a research internship to complete her Master’s degree in Geographical Information Management and Application at the University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands. She uses spatial data and geo-information as a key tool in providing answers to complex issues concerning the conservation of our environment, since
Before starting her studies in Biology at Radboud University in the Netherlands, our diving enthusiast Jente, is spending her gap year at Archipelagos. Through her internship, she has experienced how the synergy of scientific knowledge and media tools is an essential combination,l in order to effectively communicate the important message of marine conservation. Having always
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