[MARMAM] Summer Field Courses on Marine Mammals and the Marine Environment of the Aegean Sea

Frank Veit frankveit at dolphinlab.info
Thu Jun 1 07:11:29 PDT 2006

Summer  Field  Courses  2006  on

Marine Mammals and their Marine Environment - Biology, Conservation & 

Archipelagos Institute, Patmos - Aegean Sea, Greece

15-24  July
19-28  August
16-25  September

Location: Island of Patmos, Northern Dodecanese


Frank Veit, PhD - Free University of Berlin, Marine Mammal Research 
Anastasia Miliou, PhD cand. - Scientific Director of Archipelagos Institute
Catriona Lynch, MSc - Archipelagos Institute, Coastal Zone Manager & GIS 

Giuseppe Notarbartolo di Sciara (guest lecturer in the first two courses)

Topics covered in the field course

1. Biology and conservation of marine mammals of the Aegean Sea.
2. Visual survey methods to assess the abundance of cetacean populations.
3. Passive acoustics: a modern tool to study cetacean behaviour, habitat 
characteristics and estimating cetacean abundance.
4. First aid to marine mammals & turtles.
5. Coastal ecosystems.
6. Fish fauna of the Eastern Aegean Sea: biology and conservation.
7. Algae and invertebrate biodiversity of the Eastern Aegean Sea.
8. Application of GIS (Geographic Information System) analysis in marine 
biodiversity studies.
9. Fisheries: Socio-economical importance and impact on marine ecosystems.
10.  Management of marine & island ecosystems.

Archipelagos, Institute of Marine & Environmental Research of the Aegean 
Sea, announces its field courses for the summer of 2006, held on the island 
of Patmos, Northern Dodecanese. These ten-day courses present an integrated 
perspective by introducing active areas of research in studying the marine 
biodiversity, with a special emphasis on the marine mammal populations of 
the Aegean Sea. Participants of the course will gain from the expertise and 
hands-on experience during the course. Combined with informational seminars 
and lectures, they will be trained during this field and 
laboratory-intensive course in ecologically-relevant research techniques, 
including bioacoustics, line-transect studies of the ecology of coastal 
ecosystems for different target species, passive acoustic monitoring, 
behavioural sampling, acquisition and application of GIS databases with 
demonstrational computer workshops, and photo-identification of cetacean 
species in mark-recapture analysis.

The course content is highly applied, as is the daily work of the 
Archipelagos Institute, which aims at developing sustainable management 
concepts for the natural wealth of the Aegean Sea in co-operation with the 
local community. The waters around the islands of the Northern Dodecanese 
are home to an abundance of habitats (e.g. Posidonia seagrass-beds) and 
marine species, many of which are particularly rare and under international 
protected status, as for example a large population of short-beaked common 
dolphins (Delphinus delphis), the last known in the entire eastern 
Mediterranean Sea, or the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachus monachus), with 
a world wide population of only a few hundred individuals one of the most 
endangered mammal species altogether. In total six species of marine mammals 
inhabit the waters of the area. Beside the two former mentioned marine 
mammals, there are bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), Risso's 
dolphins (Grampus griseus), striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), sperm 
whales (Physeter macrocephalus), and Cuvier's beaked whales (Ziphius 

The design of the course is aimed at students and graduates of marine and 
environmental sciences, as well as all related fields. Course language is 
English. Field work will be partly done during boat-based surveys and partly 
during snorkelling-based surveys. Boat surveys depend on weather conditions 
and might start very early in the morning, when observational conditions are 
usually best.

The price for the course is Euro 950, including accommodation, half board 
meals (breakfast and lunch), boat trips, and all other day activities.

For more information about the course and application details, please visit 
the homepage of Archipelagos at


or cantact: frank at archipelago.gr

About Archipelagos

The non-profit environmental organisation Archipelagos conducts for over 
five years the first comprehensive study on the biodiversity of the marine 
and terrestrial island ecosystems in Greek waters, focussing on the 
application of established as well as innovative research techniques in 
assessing and modelling environmental data. A further emphasis of the 
organisation's activities is the information exchange with local 
communities, including educational programs, and a close collaboration with 
national and international institutions. Based on these efforts, the 
creation of the 'National Park of the North Dodecanese Islands and Islets' 
is being prepared together with Greek governmental bodies, its establishment 
being planned for the near future. This national park, which will constitute 
one of the largest marine parks of the Mediterranean, will encompass over 50 
islands and islets of the North Dodecanese and the surrounding waters. More 
information and an extended photo archive can be found on the Web page of 


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