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

Dr Guido Pietroluongo
(Italy)

Lead Marine Mammals Researcher

DVM, University of Teramo, Italy

Dr Valentina Costa
(Italy)

Marine Research and Conservation Team Supervisor

PhD in Ecology, University of Parma, Italy

Kleopatra Delaveri
(Greece)

Operations Manager

MSc Network and Computer Technologies, University of the Aegean

Sarah Meek
(UK)

Seagrass Supervisor

PhD Marine Ecology, University of West England, United Kingdom

Kerstin Klingler
(Germany)

Assistant Supervisor

MSc in Marine Biology, University College Cork, Ireland

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. 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. Tom Cameron
(UK)

Scientific Advisor
(Fisheries Ecology)

PhD in Animal Ecology, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Niki Cesta
(Canada)

Lead Researcher in Geosystem Mapping

Msc Environmental Science, University of Toronto, Canada

Karlos Moraes
(Brazil)

Marine Research Team Coordinator

MSc Coastal and Ocean Science, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Dr. Leanne J. Appleby Hepburn
(UK)

Scientific Advisor
(Marine and Coastal Ecology)

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

Konstantinos Theofilis
(Greece)

Web designer – Developer / Skipper

BSc Informatics Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece

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

Zachary Datson
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Antje Hollmann
(Germany)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Marcia Filgiano
(Canada)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Maria Teresa Valério Hipólito
(Portugal)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Patrizia Marciniak
(Poland)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Dan Clarke
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Jordan Higgins
(USA)

Marine Mammal Researcher

BS in Conservation Biology, Clemson University, USA

Saad Zah
(Morocco)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Fisheries and Aquaculture Engineering, Hassan II Institute of Agronomy and Veterinarian Medicine, Rabat, Morocco

Jacqueline Glencross
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

University of Exeter, UK.

Coastal Ecology Team

Altai Carlos Pavón Paneque
(Spain)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Allegra Codamon
(USA)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Thomas Fabrikezis
(France)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

First Year, Advanced Technician's Certificate, Management and Protection of the Environment, Campus la Salle St Christophe Masseuble, France

Vítor Hugo Ferreira Dias
(Portugal)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Baptiste Villemagne
(France)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

MSc in Engineering, ENSAT, France

Alessandro Corubolo
(Italy)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Marine Biology, University of Aberdeen, UK

Mathias Kalfayan
(France)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Freshwater Biology, University of Lyon, France

Microplastic Team

Vera de Ruijter
(The Netherlands)

Microplastics

Iskra Nicetic
(Australia)

Microplastics

GIS Team

Robert Schlick
(Germany)

GIS application for conservation

Renáta Hriczkó
(Hungary)

GIS application for conservation

Wojciech Bemowski
(Poland)

GIS application for conservation

,MSc Hydrogeology, University of Warsaw, Poland

Renewable Energy Team

Fanny Ivonne Masloski
(Argentina)

Renewable Energy Researcher

Terrestrial Team

Bastiaan De Ketelaere
(Belgium)

Terrestrial Researcher

Maria Knabe
(Germany)

Terrestrial Researcher

Sanne Welin
(Sweden)

Terrestrial Researcher

Third year BS Biology, University of Stockholm, Sweden

Gabriele Negro
(Italy)

Terrestrial Researcher

Third Year BSc Ecological & Environmental Sciences, University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Silvia Mozzi
(Italy)

Terrestrial Researcher

Cecile Fourtet
(France)

Terrestrial Researcher

Second Year MS in Environmental Biology, ENSEG'D, France

Jennifer Fischer
(Austria)

Terrestrial Researcher

Media & Public Relations Team

Tess Wichlinski
(Australia)

Videographer/Photographer
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