Duration of Internship: January 2022 – July 2022

Qualifications
B.Sc. Biology, l’ICES in La Roche-sur-Yon (2017-2020)
MSc, Marine Resources Science, Conservation & Innovation, Université Côte d’Azur (2020 – 2021)

Aurore conducted a 7-month placement at MER and was involved in many and diverse activities of MER, actively participating both in the field and laboratory and supporting the report write up for various projects. She demonstrated exceptional skills and passion for work and marine conservation.

Indicatively in the field she conducted comprehensive seasonal surveys (winter, spring, summer) in Paphos, focusing on invertebrate surveying, photo-quadrat analysis, and marine litter survey; participated in night dives for specialized marine studies; engaged in fish surveys around artificial reefs; conducted sampling and sensor monitoring at Salt Lakes; performed dives in Akrotiri for ecological assessment; and was involved in early morning fishing activities in the two Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) of Limassol for population studies.

In the lab she surveyed Posidonia oceanica epiphytes; sorted and classified macrofauna for biodiversity studies; and performed vacuum filtration techniques for chlorophyll and microplastic analysis. Furthermore she also contributed to the Oceanid pipeline project conducting bibliographic review and data analysis; she analyzed and interpreted data from photo-quadrat studies and played a vital role in the Akrotiri MPA project.

For her master’s thesis, Aurore was the first to investigate concentrations of marine litter and microplastics across an urbanization gradient in Limassol Bay. She demonstrated great dedication and ability to work independently, spend countless hours processing samples and collected essential data that can inform management.

She stated: “This professional experience at MER has been immensely enriching, allowing me to be actively involved in a variety of marine conservation projects. I have gained invaluable knowledge and skills from the entire team, both in the field and in the office. I am particularly grateful for the guidance and support I received while conducting my Master’s Thesis on marine litter and microplastics in Limassol. This experience has been fundamental in shaping my understanding and commitment to marine conservation. I highly recommend this journey to anyone aspiring to make a difference in the field of conservation. A heartfelt thank you very much to the team for this unforgettable experience!”