26 Mar 2015 11:02 pm
On the ten week subsidised internship students will receive training on the following marine conservation research topics:
Mediterranean coastal ecosystems and marine communities
Posidonia oceanica seagrass habitat
The Silmar Protocol: research methodology and key species
Seahorse Project research: seashorse ecology and research methodology
Opistobranch ecology and research (nudibranchs, sea slugs, etc)
The issue of marine debris and underwater cleanup data
Underwater photography for research purposes (photographs provide important identification data for many of the species being studied by Kenna Eco Diving.)
Students will apply this training through direct practice in underwater species surveys and collection of marine data, with the opportunity to develop their skills in the following areas:
Research diving (buoyancy control while multitasking)
Using research equipment underwater (transects, quadrats, slates, GPS, camera)
Marine species observation and recognition (finding and identifying)
Marine species surveys (making counts within a specific search area)
Taking measurements (what and how)
Research photography (purpose and practice)
Removing underwater debris (safe practice for you and marine life)
Collating species data (as required by each project)
Unless we are engaged in an outreach activity, Monday to Friday we carry out two research dives returning to the Eco Center around 15.00. After washing our dive gear, we review and collate the day's data.
19 Mar 2015 3:16 pm
Marine biology (or similar) students*, who are seriously seeking fieldwork experience in marine conservation research diving, are invited to apply for our limited number of specially subsidised ten week internship placements.
We offer students the opportunity to participate in Mediterranean marine conservation research as volunteer research divers, each summer, to gain underwater fieldwork experience as part of a small team of researchers studying coastal biodiversity at research stations on the coast of Catalunya, Spain.
We collect underwater data primarily as volunteers for the Silmar Project, and we also have an ongoing Seahorse Project carrying out research into the local population of European seahorses in a bay where the seagrass is threatened. We collect photo data for researchers at Barcelona University and for an opistobranch project, and marine debris data for Project AWARE. All our research is conducted through the English language.
Places are limited. Please see our website and contact us if you would like to be considered for this opportunity.
*Recent graduates who are still unemployed and need underwater fieldwork experience may also be considered.
If you do not qualify for a subsidised student internship you may still apply to join us as a regular volunteer research diver for a shorter period (minimum 2 weeks, longer if diver training is needed). Any scuba diver with a keen interest in assisting in marine conservation is welcome to participate as a regular volunteer.