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 Cand.), Fisheries Management / Greek Ambassador in the EU for Sustainable Maritime Policy

Dr Guido Pietroluongo
(Italy)

Head of Marine Mammal Research

DVM (Doctor in Veterinary Medicine), Teramo University, Italy

Kleopatra Delaveri
(Greece)

Operations Manager

MSc Electronic Engineer , Networks and Computer Technologies, University of the Aegean

Sarah Meek
(UK)

Head of Seagrass Research

PhD cand. Marine Ecology, University of West England, United Kingdom

Emma Ward
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Simone Antichi
(Italy)

Marine Mammal Researcher

BSc Marine Biology, Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

Karthik Ashok
(India)

Head of Marine Bioacoustics Research

B.Tech, Electronics and Communication Engineering, VIT University, Vellore India

Tim Grandjean
(The Netherlands)

Head of GIS Research

MSc Earth Sciences - Environmental Management, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Belen Quintana
(Spain)

Head of Marine Research

MSc. in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (University of Ghent, Belgium). MSc. in Oceanography and Marine Environments (University Pierre et Marie Curie, France)

Scientific Advisors

Dr. Aylin Akkaya
(Turkey)

Marine Mammal Research Expert

PhD University of Istanbul, Turkey

Dr Rupert Perkins
(UK)

Marine Ecology Expert

Senior Lecturer of Marine Bioscience, Cardiff University, UK

Dr. Leanne Hepburn
(UK)

Marine and Coastal Ecology Expert

Senior Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, Essex University, UK

Dr. Tom Cameron
(UK)

Fisheries Ecology Expert

Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, Essex University, UK

Dr. Valentina Costa
(Italy)

Marine Research & Conservation Expert

PhD in Ecology, University of Parma, Italy

Dr. Ronny Steen
(Norway)

Ornithological Research Expert

Researcher at Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Dr. Susanna Curtin
(UK)

Sustainable Ecotourism Expert

Senior Lecturer Bournemouth University, School of Tourism

Cpt. Nikos Plakas
(Greece)

Shipping Risk Management Expert

Niki Cesta
(Canada)

Marine Geosystem Mapping Expert

Msc Environmental Science, University of Toronto, Canada

Associates

Paulos Ioannidis
(Greece)

Drone Operator

Civil Engineer

Heidi Malizia
(USA)

Researcher in Marine Mammals

BSc Biology, University of Missouri, USA

Debora Milenkova
(Greece)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

MSc in Marine Resources Development and Protection, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Marine Mammals Team

Bethan Jones
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Bsc Biological sciences, University of Cardiff,Wales

Elysanne Durand
(French)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Marine Sciences, University of Paris,French

Jack Fosberry
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Zoology, Cardiff University,Wales

Zoë Morange
(French)

Marine Mammals Researcher

MSc Marine Conservation, University of Gent,Belgium

Stephen Cull
(Australia)

Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation

Biological Sciences, Macquarie University,Australia

Vanessa Moll
(Canada)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Earth and Ocean Sciences

Marine Research and Conservation Team

Ana Calbet
(Spain)

Microplastics Researcher

Environmental Engineering, Universidad Politecnica,Spain

Malvi Golwala
(India)

Microplastics Researcher

Ocean Sciences, University of Southampton,UK

Jente van Langerak
(The Netherlands)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Elida Lundgren
(Sweden)

Microplastics Researcher

Environmental Science, Uppsala University,Sweden

Tania Gil Antón
(Spain)

Microplastics Researcher

Biology, University of Salamanca,Spain

Ann Marie Luppino
(USA)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Marine Science, Safety, and Environmental Protection Massachusetts Maritime Academy,USA

Terrestrial Research & Conservation Team

Shyheim Akpan
(UK)

Terrestrial Researcher

Bsc Environmental Science, Bournemouth University;UK

Rutger Niemeijer
(The Netherlands)

Terrestrial Researcher

Ecology and Wildlife, MBO Helocon Geldermlsen,The Netherlands

Sam Stolk
(The Netherlands)

Terrestrial Researcher

Ecology and Wildlife, MBO Helocon Geldermlsen,The Netherlands

Juliette D'Amelio
(Italy)

Terrestrial Researcher

Biological Sciences, University of Essex,UK

Tom Newberry
(UK)

Terrestrial Researcher

University of Salford, Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology,UK

Media & Public Relations Team

Jeffrey Winandy
(Luxemburg)

Media

European Voluntary Service, Luxemburg

Andres Alvarez
(Colombia)

Media

B.A. Media Production, Bournemouth University,UK

Kirstin Taylor
(UK)

Media

BA English, Bournemouth University,UK

Lotte Douma
(The Netherlands)

Media

International Communication and Media, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences,The Netherlands

Lilly Gothe
(Germany)

Media

Bachelor of Arts, Communication Design, Mainz University of Applied Sciences,Germany

Martha Davis
(UK)

Media

Communication Studies, Media , Bournemouth Univeristy,UK

Mireia Corbera Serrajordia
(Spain)

Media

Biological Sciences , University of Essex,UK

Robbert van den Berg
(The Netherlands)

Media

Media Design, R.O.C. Da Vinci College Dordrecht,The Netherlands

Rossella Bittichesu
(Italian)

Media

BA Environment and Media Studies, University of Brighton,UK

Environmental Law

Daveron Smith
(UK)

Environmental Law

MSc in Environmental Consultancy, University of Plymouth,UK

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