Background: The islands of the eastern Aegean are home to a rich flora biodiversity, yet our knowledge of these species is still limited. The unique environment of Samos allows for a great assortment of over 1500 plants species that cannot be found on any other Mediterranean island, while Ikaria island supports a unique island ancient forests with Holm oak trees that can exceed 500 years old. Unfortunately, these extraordinary flora biodiversity is threatened by numerous factors such as overgrazing, wildfires, logging and diseases.
Description: The island flora team gathers and analyses data on eastern Aegean vegetation, including rare plant species. Archipelagos is also seeking to bring attention to the status of the ancient trees, with the goal of designating them as Monuments of Nature and allowing for the enactment of protection laws. By collecting and analysing data on plant diversity throughout the year as well as threats to Aegean island plant life, Archipelagos will be able to design and implement effective flora conservation strategies. Project activities include:
• Monitoring vegetation species on Samos, Ikaria and the north Dodecanese islands and islets by gathering habitat information using transect surveys
• Completing database indicating distinct habitats as well as common vegetation species at specific transects
• Collecting data on rare flora using transect surveys
• Completing database indicating abundance and locations of alpine and coastal rare flora species
• Locating and identifying ancient trees across Samos, Ikaria and other islands of the eastern Aegean.
• Determining the age of the specimen by measuring trunks and taking bark samples.
• Utilizing GIS maps to pinpoint locations of ancient trees
These projects provide field-work and hands-on research opportunities for graduate and post-graduate students who have achieved a bachelor’s or master’s 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 environmenal and/or zoological research and conservation fields.
Archipelagos’ research bases and stations in the eastern Aegean Sea, on the islands of Samos and Lipsi.
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.
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.
Please submit CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
• At least one year of college or university studies in the fields of environmental, ecological, and/or related sciences
• Knowledge of common European plant species
• Experience in plant identification preferred
• Ability to write scientific reports
• Capacity for accurate and consistent data collection and analysis
• Comfortable working under low supervision as well as leading a project independently
• Ability to work both individually and as part of a dynamic, multi-cultural, multidisciplinary team
• Excellent organizational and time-management skills
• Fluency in English
• Sincere desire to work towards Archipelagos’ conservation efforts
• Motivation to live in a small island community