2-Week Marine Ecological Internship in Sardinia

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Program Description

Join the team of MareTerra - Environmental Research and Conservation in Alghero, Sardinia (Italy). Our projects are carried out inside the Marine Protected Area of Capo Caccia and Piana Island and the Regional Natural Park of Porto Conte.
Students are involved in some of our research and conservation projects in the consequent field and laboratory activities, in particular:
- Population dynamics and conservation of bottlenose dolphin in Northern Sardinia (Italy): take part in the boat trips dedicated to the study of the bottlenose dolphin, learning and applying the techniques of observation of marine mammals in the field, collection of behavioural and acoustic data and their analysis, photo identification method.
- The ecological importance and conservation of the Mediterranean seagrass (Posidonia oceanica): field surveys aimed at measuring the effect of human activities on the conservation status of P. oceanica and on the effectiveness of management actions carried out in marine protected areas (MPAs). The estimate of damage on the prairies inside and outside MPAs is carried out by drones, underwater surveys and image analysis.
- Long-term research program for the study of the effects of tourism and climate change on coastal marine species and habitats: collection and analysis of data related to the abundance of fish species, measurement of environmental and anthropogenic variables and in the collection of acoustic data by means of Passive Acoustic Monitoring device.


- Increase your knowledge about dolphins, fish and marine / coastal habitats and the effect of human activities on their conservation.
- You'll be involved in marine research, data collection and storage, dolphin photo identification, image and sound analysis.
- Acquire experience on field and laboratory activities related to marine ecology and biology, behaviour and bioacoustics of marine mammals.
- Improve your skills and enrich your curriculum.
- Acquire university educational credits corresponding to 75 hours of training (12 days).


The program's minimum requirements are:
- Basic level of English.
- Ability to swim, walk, and work for about 7 hours per day.
- High level of independence.
- Ability to prepare meals independently.
Applicants need to be undergraduates.

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What`s Included

- Accommodations: shared rooms in mobile homes with a furnished kitchen.
- Orientation: all necessary training will be provided upon arrival.
- Airport transfers: airport transfers provided on both arrival and departure days.
- Insurance: comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage.
- Support: local in-country team and 24-hour emergency support.

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Alghero, Italy

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Program Details

MareTerra - Environmental Research and Conservation
  • Italy: Alghero
Fall, Spring
1-2 weeks

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