The Team

One of the main goals of Archipelagos is to bring together the expertise and know-how of the local and international scientific conservation community and to gain knowledge and experience that actively contribute to the conservation of the unique biodiversity hotspot of the Aegean Sea and the eastern Mediterranean.

Scientists, experts, recent graduates and students work as volunteers in Archipelagos’ research bases on the Northeastern Aegean islands throughout the year. Teams are comprised of people from all over the world, with a wide background of specialties and skills, who actively work on various projects. Archipelagos works closely with leading universities and research institutes from Europe, America and Asia.

Core Team

Thodoris Tsimpidis
(Greece)

Director

Honorary Researcher of Marine Conservation

Anastasia Miliou
(Greece)

Scientific Director

Hydrobiologist, (PhD Candidate), Fisheries Management / Greek Ambassador in the EU for Sustainable Maritime Policy

Marika Panagiotou
(Greece)

Scientific Research Manager

Graduate in Science and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Dr Guido Pietroluongo
(Italy)

Lead Marine Mammals Researcher

DVM, University of Teramo, Italy

Karlos Moraes
(Brazil)

Marine Research Team Coordinator

MSc Coastal and Ocean Science, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Niki Cesta
(Canada)

Lead Researcher in Geosystem Mapping

Msc Environmental Science, University of Toronto, Canada

Kleopatra Delaveri
(Greece)

Research Base Manager

MSc Network and Computer Technologies, University of the Aegean

Konstantinos Theofilis
(Greece)

Web designer – Developer / Skipper

BSc Informatics Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece

Dr. Aylin Akkaya Baş
(Turkey)

Marine Mammal Research Coordinator

Marine Mammal Research Coordinator, Marine Mammals PhD at Istanbul University, Turkey

Scientific Associates

Dr Rupert Perkins
(UK)

Scientific Advisor
(Marine Ecology)

Senior Lecturer of Marine Bioscience, Cardiff University, UK

Ronny Steen
(Norway)

Scientific Advisor
(Ornithological Research)

PhD from Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Dr. Ruth Cox
(Canada)

Scientific Advisor
(Population Ecology)

Phd Population Ecology and Researcher at University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Dr. Robert James
(UK)

Scientific Advisor
(Jackal Research)

Phd Zoology and Mollecular Ecology of the golden Jackal at University of Brighton, UK

Olga Sawościanik
(Poland)

Scientific Advisor
(Herpetology)

Herpetologist, experimental biologist at University of Adam Mickiewicz, Poland

Vittoria Gnetti
(Italy)

Scientific Advisor
(Fishery Biology)

MSc Biodiversity and ecosystem's management, University of Rome, Italy

Dr. Okan Ürker
(Turkey)

Scientific Advisor
(Forest Ecology)

Specialist in Forest ecology, Oriental Sweetgum Forests, fire ecology, social environmental sciences and conservation policy. NATURA The Society for the Conservation of Nature & Culture, Turkey.

Dr. Leanne J. Appleby Hepburn
(UK)

Scientific Advisor
(Marine and Coastal Ecology)

PhD in Coral Reef Geoscience, Manchester Metropolitan University, United Kingdom

Dr. Tom Cameron
(UK)

Scientific Advisor
(Fisheries Ecology)

PhD in Animal Ecology, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Associates

Nur Bikem Kesici
(Turkey)

Lead Researcher in Coastal Ecology

MSc Hydrobiology, University of Istanbul, Turkey

Heidi Malizia
(USA)

Lead Marine Mammals Researcher

BSc Biology, University of Missouri, USA

Ayça Eleman
(Turkey)

Lead Researcher in Marine Mammals

PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, Bogazici, Turkey

Paulos Ioannidis
(Greece)

Drone Operator

Civil Engineer

Marine Mammals Team

Sébastien Saintignan
(France)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Marine Biology, Aix- Marseille University, France

Anna Štindlová
(Czech Republic)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Oceanography, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

Julita Gutkowska
(Poland)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Oceanography, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Megan Kelly
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

BSc Wildlife Conservation,University of Salford, UK

Hélène Maziere
(France)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Marine Biology, Aix- Marseille University, France

Katarzyna Mojsa
(Poland)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Oceanography, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Célia Fery
(France)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Ecology Engineering and Biodiversity Management, University of Montpellier, France

Thalia Kardamakis
(Germany)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Walddörfer-Gymnasium , Germany

Kari Inch
(USA)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Tropical Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Kelly-Ann Wilson
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Tropical Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Alexandra Hanusch
(Germany)

Marine Mammal Researcher

BSc Biology, University of Bremen, Germany

Adriana Piñeiro
(Spain)

Marine Mammal Researcher

BSc Marine Vertebrate Zoology, Bangor University, UK

Cecilia Adam
(France)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Material engineering, ESIREM, France

Coastal Ecology Team

Yeliz Nava
(The Netherlands)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Eco&Wildlife, Helicon MBO Velp, The Netherlands.

Belén Arnaez Ruiz
(Spain)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Aquaculture, CIPF Marítimo Zaporito, Spain

Javier Prieto Rodriguez
(Spain)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Technician in underwater and hyperbaric operations, CIPF Marítimo Zaporito, Spain

Andrey Sukhorukov
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Marine Geography, Cardiff University, UK

Léa Brieau
(France)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

MSc Coastal Resources, University of Southern Brittany, France

Sara Albuixech Marti
(Spain)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

MSc Marine Ecology, University of Balearic Islands, Spain

Alex Curd
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

MSc Marine Biology, Bangor University, UK

Emma Ward
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Gabriela Nóbrega Lavorini
(Brazil)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

MSc Ecology, Grenoble Alpes University, France

Alessandro Corubolo
(Italy)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Marine Biology, University of Aberdeen, UK

Lauren Chapman
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Marine Vertebrate Zoology, Bangor University, UK

Mathias Kalfayan
(France)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Freshwater Biology, University of Lyon, France

Ana Isabel Gomez Lopez
(Spain)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Aquaculture, CIPF Marítimo Zaporito, Spain

Nerea Morilla Diez
(Spain)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Technician in navigation and fishing, CIPF Marítimo Zaporito, Spain

Mischka Oosthuizen
(South Africa)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Ignacio Vaca Vilanova
(Spain)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Technician in navigation and fishing, CIPF Marítimo Zaporito, Spain

GIS Team

Martyna Irska
(Poland)

GIS application for conservation

MSc GIS, University of Silesia, Poland

Justyna Białkowska
(Poland)

GIS application for conservation

MSc Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland

Li Wang
(China)

GIS application for conservation

MSc International Marine Environmental Consultancy, University of Newcastle, UK

Wojciech Bemowski
(Poland)

GIS application for conservation

,MSc Hydrogeology, University of Warsaw, Poland

Serena Shah
(UK)

GIS application for conservation

MSc Geographical Information Management, Cranfield University, UK.

Emily Doan
(Canada)

GIS application for conservation

BSc Natural Resources Conservation. University of British Columbia, Canada

Renewable Energy Team

Agnieszka Ciemięga
(Poland)

Renewable Energy Researcher

MSc Environmental Engineering, Silesian University of Technology, Poland

Michael Susini
(France)

Renewable Energy Researcher

MSc Physical Oceanography, Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography, France

Terrestrial Team

Daphne Balster
(The Netherlands)

Terrestrial Researcher

Helicon Green Business, The Netherlands

Loutje van Gastel
(The Netherlands)

Terrestrial Researcher

Helicon Green Business, The Netherlands

Media & Public Relations Team

Kamila Aymetdinova
(Russia)

Graphic designer

M.Arch, Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering, Russian Federation

Isabelle le Lidec
(France)

Videographer/Photographer

BSc English and American Literature and Civilization, University of Rennes 2, France

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