Marine Mammal Research Internships in Aegean Sea

Archipelagos’ marine mammal research internships provide an opportunity to join year-round field work on our three dedicated research vessels, offering experience collecting data on the bioacoustics, behaviour and photo-identification of seven marine mammal species.

As one of the most popular programs, the marine mammal research internship equips all participants with hands-on experience in boat-based surveys and aids to develop skills in desired fields.

Few spots are still available for July onwards, apply here to make the most of your summer while contributing to Archipelagos’ conservation efforts! 

Marine mammal team

The marine mammal team monitors the habitat use, abundance and distribution of cetaceans, as well as Mediterranean monk seals and sea turtles in various regions of the Greek seas. This is done by studying population structures, group dynamics, and behavior via visual and acoustic data collected on board one of our three research vessels with specialized equipment. The team also investigates the impact of major threats, such as fishing and tourism and plastic debris, on cetacean behavior. The target of our research is the implementation of efficient conservation measures and management policies. This internship will provide interns with valuable skill sets in data collection and equipment use, as well as data analysis and report writing. These skills set the foundation for a professional career in marine mammal research, marine conservation and environmental management.

Examples of recent internship projects

  • Conducting boat-based surveys to collect data on cetacean abundance, distribution and behaviour.
  • Assessing the populations of resident, transient and seasonal cetaceans through photo-ID, and creation of a catalogue of individual cetaceans in the Aegean.
  • Assessment of cetacean vocalizations through the use of a hydrophone array system and specialized software.
  • Analysis of cetacean behaviour to determine seasonal variation in activity, differences in behaviour 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.
  • Monitoring of environmental parameters such as sea surface temperature, salinity, pH, and concentration of dissolved oxygen.

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By Kelly McSergi
Kelly McSergi Assistant Director of Employer Relations