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Research & Conservation on board the "Aegean Explorer" Opportunity in Greece

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Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation


The research expeditions of the Aegean Explorer combine boat-based surveys to map marine habitats and monitor species in the open sea with surveys taking place in littoral zone ecosystems. By quantifying the extent of anthropogenic impacts we aim to gain an understanding of local conditions, ecosystem changes, processes and threats. We also aim to quantify the causes and consequences of key threats, such as overfishing and plastic pollution, in various levels of marine ecosystems.

This internship will consist of both boat-based work, other fieldwork at sea and office work in the research base in Lipsi island. It aims to provide interns with valuable skill sets in data collection, data analysis, and report writing for a professional career in marine conservation and environmental management.

During these surveys, interns will assist in the data collection for ongoing research projects, including:

  • The mapping of seagrass meadows through boat-based surveys, using an array of scientific equipment including single- and multi-beam sonar
  • The mapping of seagrass meadows through cost-efficient kayak-based methods using single beam sonar
  • The mapping of coralligenous assemblages through boat-based surveys using the multibeam sonar and the Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)
  • Conducting biodiversity assessments of fish, invertebrates and algae, following various methodologies such as in-situ identification, photography and video-based census
  • Monitoring the distribution of invasive species via underwater visual census and stakeholder questionnaire-based surveys
  • Science communication (photography, video, articles) to generate public awareness on key conservation projects
  • Design, installation and biodiversity monitoring of experimental artificial reefs
  • Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs) determining threats to protected species and ecosystems.
  • Designing and implementing experimental replantation of Posidonia seagrass, using environmentally friendly methods
  • Analysis of the microplastic content in surface seawater, water column samples and freshwater samples
  • Coastal marine litter and floating marine monitoring

These projects provide fieldwork and hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students and for other early career researchers looking to gain field-research experience. Participants have the opportunity to collect data for writing a thesis and other scientific publications (you can view Archipelagos researchers' scientific publications that interns contributed to, here). This internship provides skills and expertise valuable for a professional career in marine conservation and environmental management.

Interns have the opportunity to conduct independent research projects, for university credit or for a thesis/dissertation

Applicant profile

This internship program is available to applicants with studies or a background in marine, ecological, environmental or other related sciences, who are taking part in research projects, communications, who take part in the science communication activities, writing articles and/or, collecting photographic and video material,

Applicants must be able to work both independently and as part of a dynamic, multicultural, multidisciplinary team.

Additional Information

Internship duration normally ranges between 3 - 12 months, although shorter or longer internship periods may be arranged to cover the needs of groups or individuals.

Archipelagos’ research bases and stations are in the Eastern Aegean Sea, on the islands of Samos and Lipsi as well as onboard the research vessels. Interns often move between research bases and boats depending on where the surveys will take place.

As a non-profit research institute, the internships we offer are unpaid. This educational/research experience requires a monthly fee of 650 euro to cover living expenses, the cost of training, use of research equipment and travelling with the research vessels, use of the office facilities, as well as insurance.

For internships of less than 3 months in duration the participation fees are raised to 780 euro per month.

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, please send your motivation letter, your CV, a copy of your resume, cover letter and one reference letter (if available) to admissions@archipelago.gr

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About Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation


P.O. Box 42, Pythagorio, Samos 83103, GR

Mission Statement

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.



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