GIS and Remote Sensing


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.


Accurate maps depicting the location of protected habitats is key for the effective management and conservation of biodiversity hotspots. Unfortunately, the lack of accurate mapping in this region limits the extent of conservation action that can be implemented and enforced. 

During all field surveys, priority habitats and species, both marine and terrestrial, as well as relevant parameters are recorded in order to enrich the database of GIS material.

Current research

  • Conducting boat-based surveys to collect data on cetacean abundance, distribution and behavior. 
  • Assessing the populations of resident, transient and seasonal cetaceans through photo-ID, and creation of a catalog of individual cetaceans in the Aegean. 
  • Assessment of cetacean vocalizations through the use of a hydrophone array system and specialized software. 
  • Analysis of cetacean behavior to determine seasonal variation in activity, differences in behavior between species, and group composition 
  • Examining interactions with fisheries and maritime traffic, as well as the effects caused by overfishing and various forms of pollution: plastic, chemical and noise pollution.
  • Monitoring and protecting the remaining populations of the highly endangered Mediterranean Monk seal, in close collaboration with local communities. 

Your role

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.

Technical skills

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

Other skills

• 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 – 
We will get back to you within 2 working days.