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)

Marine Mammal Research and Conservation Team Supervisor

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

Kleopatra Delaveri
(Greece)

Operations Manager

MSc Networks and Computer Technologies, University of the Aegean

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

Susanna Curtin
(UK)

Scientific advisor
(Protocols marine mammal sanctuary and nature-based tourism)

PhD Wildlife tourism, Bournemoth University, UK

Karlos Moraes
(Brazil)

Marine Research Team Coordinator

MSc Coastal and Ocean Science, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Cpt. Nikos Plakas
(Greece)

Advisor in Shipping Risk Management

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 Researcher in Marine Mammals

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

Harry Kerr
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Third Year BS Marine Biology, University of Essex, England

Venetia Galanaki
(Greece)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Biomedical Science, Kingston university, United Kingdom

Eva Jackson
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Bella Reboul
(Australia)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Bachelor Law/Zoology, University of Queensland, Australia

Quentin Gouget
(France)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Water treatment, AFTEC Formation, France

Coastal Ecology Team

Viktor Evtimov
(Bulgaria)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Biological Studies, Drexel University, United States

Benedict Rickards
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Zoology, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

José Salgado
(Portugal)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

B.Sc. Biology, Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon, Portugal

Daniel Fry
(Australia)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

B.Sc. Marine Biology. Hons. Environmental Science and Ecology, University of Adelaide, Australia

Isaac Rossetto
(Australia)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Genetics/Marine Science, University of Queensland, Australia

Microplastic Team

Harriet Moore
(UK)

Microplastics Researcher

BSc(H) Animal Biology, Graduated from Nottingham Trent University, UK

Paula Romero de Blas
(Spain)

Microplastics Researcher

Bachelor Degree in Marine Sciences by the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain

GIS Team

Tim Grandjean
(The Netherlands)

GIS application for conservation

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

Renewable Energy Team

Natalia Osuna Landa
(México)

Renewable Energy Researcher

Engineering in Innovation & Design, Universidad Panamericana, México

Pau Valerio Roca
(Spain)

Renewable Energy Researcher

Environmental Science, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

Terrestrial Team

Joe Leggett
(UK)

Terrestrial Researcher

Third year BSc Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science, University of the West of England (UWE)

Mayokun Irelewuyi
(UK)

Terrestrial Researcher

BS Biological sciences, University of Essex, UK

Irene Santander Rodríguez
(Spain)

Terrestrial Researcher

Environmental sciences, University of Granada, Spain

Media & Public Relations Team

Jennifer Buizer
(The Netherlands)

Public relations

International Business and Languages, University of Applied Sciences Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Aishah Masood
(UK)

Documentary filmmaker

Fine Art & History of Art, Oxford Brookes University, United Kingdom

Larissa Kühne
(Switzerland)

Media

Social and Communication Sciences, University Lucerne, Switzerland

Nina Flashner
(UK)

Shipping Risk Researcher

Meng Mechanical Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

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