Research of Seagrass Meadows (Posidonia oceanica)


Academic Credits

Yes

Published:

05/09/2018

Address

Mesokampos
(no state)
Greece

Description

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


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

How To Apply

admissions@archipelago.gr

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


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