Duration of Internship: July 2020 – December 2020

B.Sc. Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology, University of Plymouth (2018 – 2022)

Peter took a placement year as part of his undergraduate ‘Marine Biology and Coastal Ecology’ degree with the University of Plymouth. His first placement was with Marine & Environmental Research (MER) Lab, Cyprus.

Peter’s time at MER Lab was divided between field, lab and office work. He enjoyed them all but is most at home when he is in the water. One of Peter’s favourite in-water activities was cave mapping, this involved exploring the Cypriot coastline for caves and measuring the dimensions of a select few. Although challenging, this experience certainly increased his confidence in the water. In addition, Peter assisted with setting up Posidonia oceanica monitoring stations for the RAC/SPA project. This involved, forming the concrete markers, freediving exploration of potential sites, station setup dives and data collection dives. This project also allowed him to improve his lab skills as he worked on aging seagrass rhizomes (internodal analysis).

In the office, Peter was tasked to setup the new Spot-X Squid Pro Tow Camera system and had to overcome the challenges involved it its operation in the field. Moreover, the most surprising part for him was that he was able to develop video editing skills while working with MER Lab. On completion of his placement he produced several videos with one being his own freediving project to showcase MER Lab internships.

He feels that if you looking for a diverse and dynamic placement then MER is certainly the place for you. Peter says that you can’t have a more friendly team of people to spend a placement with, just don’t expect the placement to be easy!

After MER Lab he intends to finish his undergraduate degree so he can progress onto a masters and eventually a PhD, but will stay in contact with the MER team going into the future.