Seagrass Meadow, Coastal Biodiversity and Invasive Species Internship

Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation
Published
September 6, 2018
Location
Eastern Aegean Sea Islands, Greece
Category
Europe  
Job Type
Closing date
On-going

Description

Research in Seagrass (Posidonia Oceanica) Meadows, Coastal Biodiversity and Invasive Species

Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to researching and defending the biodiversity of the Greek seas and islands, as well as the NE Mediterranean overall.
Since 1998, Archipelagos has focused on a combination of multidisciplinary scientific research and efficient conservation work in which local communities play an active part. This cooperation creates a strategic foundation that enables and strengthens the activities of Archipelagos at the local, national and European level, allowing us to protect aquatic and terrestrial life against ever-increasing human factors. For more information, please visit http://archipelago.gr/en.

The Archipelagos Marine Conservation team is involved in a number of exciting monitoring and research activities throughout the year. Knowledge acquired through the long-term assessment of marine habitats and populations, as well as the different factors impacting them, enables marine conservationists to develop successful, targeted management and conservation plans.

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 fish, invertebrates and/or 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

1. Research of Seagrass Meadows (Posidonia oceanica)

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

2. Research in Coastal Biodiversity and Invasive Species

Description: For almost 20 years, Archipelagos has been monitoring the biodiversity of shallow, littoral zone ecosystems of the eastern Aegean Sea. The data collected enables us to get an understanding of local conditions, ecosystem changes, processes and threats. Projects have a wide range of focus, including:

  • Conducting biodiversity assessments of fish, invertebrates and algae, according to international protocols
  • Collecting data on invasive species via underwater visual census surveys and questionnaires in order to understand the factors influencing the species distribution as well as the impacts on the ecosystem
  • Creating GIS maps which provide an overview of species distribution
  • Determining impacts of the factors threatening protected species and ecosystems using bio-indicator species
  • Experimental installation of artificial reefs and sustainable mooring systems

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.

Starting dates: September 3rd, 2018 and onwards

Location: Archipelagos’ research bases and stations in the eastern Aegean Sea, on the islands of Samos and Lipsi.

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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