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Research of Seagrass Meadows (Posidonia oceanica)


  • Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation
  • 09/26/19
  • Greece
  • 83103
  • Full-Time
Background: Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows play an important role in the ecosystem and provide important services for humans. They ensure the maintenance of physical, chemical and biological conditions and provide a habitat for many different species, while acting as nursery, hunting and predator areas.
Furthermore, the meadows mediate flow and prevent coastal erosion by stabilizing the seabeds and decreasing the water power and current. P. oceanica meadows are identified as a priority habitat type for conservation in the Habitats Directive (Dir. 92/43/CEE) by European and national legislation.
Description: Surveys have a wide range of focus, including:
Mapping Posidonia seagrass meadows through a combination of boat and kayak surveys
Assessing the impact caused by mooring, illegal trawling activity, invasive species and aquaculture through sonar and visual data collection, as well as by using loggers
Experimental replantation of Posidonia seagrass
Experimental installation of sustainable mooring systems over seagrass meadows
Evaluation of the health of Posidonia meadows via under-water surveys

These projects provide field-work and hands-on research opportunities for graduate and post-graduate students who have achieved a bachelors or masters degree, and who are looking to gain experience outside of the classroom. The skills and expertise acquired through this internship are useful towards a professional career in marine biology and environmental management.

Applicant profile:
At least one year of college or university studies in the fields of marine, environmental, geographical and/or related sciences
Experience in identification of marine flora
Experience in snorkeling, free-diving and/or kayaking
Capacity for accurate and consistent data collection and analysis
Comfortable working under low supervision as well as leading a project independently
Ability to write scientific reports and papers
Ability to work both individually and as part of a dynamic, multi-cultural, multidisciplinary team
Excellent organizational and time-management skills
High standard of work
Fluency in English
Sincere desire to work towards Archipelagos conservation efforts
Motivation to live in a small island community

Duration:
A minimum duration of 3 months is highly recommended for all participants, although shorter placements can be tailored to the needs of groups and individuals. Placements can last as long as 12 months.

Location:
Archipelagos research bases and stations in the eastern Aegean Sea, on the islands of Samos, Lipsi, Ikaria, Leros, Arki, Marathi and Oinousses. Placements may also include working on board of one of our research boats.

Placement fee:
Monthly fees of 650 euro include:
Living expenses (shared accommodation, all meals, wi-fi)
Use of equipment & research boats
Transport for working purposes
Greek language lessons

Students and recent graduates are advised to explore possible funding through their universities, by getting in touch with the Finance / International Relations / Placement/ Erasmus+ Offices at their Universities or other relevant grant providing organizations in their region.

Travelling costs are NOT included and are covered by the participant.

Application details:
Please submit CV and covering letter to admissions@archipelago.gr


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