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

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 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

Tim Grandjean
(The Netherlands)

PhD Candidate in Coastal Ecosystems

Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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

Jen Putnam
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Animal Science, University of Reading, UK

Jack Fosberry
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Zoology, Cardiff University, Wales

Kajsa Weslien
(Sweden)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Ecology and Conservation, Uppsala University, Sweden

Nicola Mayrhofer
(Switzerland)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Environmental Biology, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Luana Sa
(Portugal)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Zoo Biology, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Vanessa Moll
(Canada)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of British Columbia, Canada

Tommaso Gerussi
(Italy)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, University of Bologna, Italy

Zoe Molder
(Canada)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Marine Biology, University of Victoria, Canada

Marine Research and Conservation Team

Jente van Langerak
(The Netherlands)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Kat Gilmour
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BA Hins Creative Promotion and Imagin/ 1 year Open college course in Marine Biology University of Creative Arts,UK

Franziska Oehlert
(Germany)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BSc in Biology, University of Cologne, Germany

Saulė Medelytė
(Lithuania)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Ecology and Environmental Management, Klaipeda University, Lithuania

Rik de Hoop
(Netherlands)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Urban Planning, Wellant College, Netherlands

Ana Martínez Cerrillo
(Spain)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Biology, University of Córdoba, Spain

Georgia Ohlin
(Australia)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BSc Environmental Science, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Roger Garatachea Solé
(Andorra)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Spain

Camilla Hansen
(Denmark)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BSc in Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Jacob Coleman
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

MRes Marine Biology, University of Plymouth, UK

Elizabeth Patterson
(Canada)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Biotechnology, Fleming College, Canada

Charlotte Aldis
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

MSc in Tropical Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Nash Abdulhamid
(Canada)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BSc Neuroscience and Ecology, University of Toronto, Canada

Martin Loe
(Canada)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Biochemistry, University of Victoria, Canada

Deanna Atkins
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

MSc in Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Terrestrial Research & Conservation Team

Shyheim Akpan
(UK)

Terrestrial Researcher

BSc Environmental Science, Bournemouth University, UK

Juliette D'Amelio
(Italy)

Terrestrial Researcher

Biological Sciences, University of Essex, UK

Miriam Schoen
(Germany)

Terrestrial Researcher

Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation, University of Greifswald, Germany

Jennifer Eibrink Jansen
(Netherlands)

Terrestrial Researcher

Bachelor of Education in Biology, Han University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Mijke Sprank
(Netherlands)

Terrestrial Researcher

Bachelor of Education in Biology, Han University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Loïc Valdenaire
(France)

Terrestrial Researcher

MSc in Biology, University of Lille, France

Lincy Koskamp
(Netherlands)

Terrestrial Researcher

Bachelor of Education in Biology, Han University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Marc Lecherf
(France)

Terrestrial Researcher

Organisms and Populations Biology, University of Lille, France

Emma Hayward
(Canada)

Terrestrial Researcher

Biology, University of Victoria, Canada

Holly Pike
(UK)

Terrestrial Researcher

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science, University of the West of England, UK

Kylie Milne
(Canada)

Terrestrial Researcher

Biology, University of Victoria, Canada

Media & Public Relations Team

Martha Davis
(UK)

Media Supervisor

BA Communications & Media, Bournemouth University, UK

Dara Visser
(Netherlands)

Media

Media Design, Davinci College, Netherlands

Jeffrey Winandy
(Luxembourg)

Media

European Voluntary Service, Luxembourg

Lotte Douma
(Netherlands)

Media

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

Andres Alvarez
(Colombia)

Media

B.A. Media Production, Bournemouth University, UK

Mireia Corbera Serrajordia
(Spain)

Media

Biological Sciences, University of Essex, UK

Harry Edwards
(UK)

Media

Marketing, University of the West of England, UK

Environmental Law Team

Daveron Smith
(UK)

Environmental Law

MSc in Environmental Consultancy, University of Plymouth, UK

GIS Team

Inge van den Meiracker
(Netherlands)

GIS

Master of Science (MSc), Utrecht University, Netherlands

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