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

Francisco Javier Falquina
(Spain)

Head of Terrestrial Team

MSc Conservation Biology, Complutense University,Spain

Vitor Hugo Ferreira Dias
(Portugal)

Supervisor of Marine Conservation Team

BSc Biology, Universidade da Madeira, Portugal

Irilena Linardaki
(Greece)

Terrestrial Research Assistant

MSc Wild Animal Biology , London Institute of Zoology , 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

Ana Gheorghiu
(Canada)

Admissions- International Relations Manager

BSc Sustainable Agriculture, Conservation & Development, University of British Columbia, Canada

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

Sara Moscatelli
(Italy)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Marine Biology, Università Politecnica delle Marche,Italy

Bethan Jones
(England)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Bsc Biological sciences, University of Cardiff,Wales

Fran O'Leary
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Biology, University of York,UK

Eilidh Vandome
(Scotland)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Bsc Biological sciences ( Immunology), University of Edinburgh, Scotland

Valentina Hellmann
(Italy)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Advanced Wildlife Conservation in Practice, University of the West of England, UK

Lauren Storer
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Environmental Science and International Development, University of East Anglia , UK

Laura Broughton
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Zoology, Liverpool John Moores University,UK

María Corrochano Luque
(Spain)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Biology, University of Seville , Spain

Lars Ruijter
(The Netherlands)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Eco and Wildlife, R.O.C. Helicon Velp,The Netherlands

Shannon Merkle
(USA)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Marine Biology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, USA

Marine Research and Conservation Team

Elyana Lafrance
(Canada)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Environmental Sciences, Concordia University,Canada

Leah Brinch-Iversen
(Malta)

Microplastics Researcher

Marine and Freshwater Biology Edinburgh Napier,Scotland

Julia Stil
(The Netherlands)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Water and Environement , MBO Life Sciences , The Netherlands

Maike Stoltmann
(Germany)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Biology, University of Bremen, Germany

Irene Moro Martínez
(Spain)

Microplastics Researcher

Environmental Sciences, University of Salamanca,Spain

Terrestrial Research & Conservation Team

Jason Nagro
(USA)

Terrestrial Researcher

Environmental Science, University of Oregon,USA

Jake Hill
(UK)

Terrestrial Researcher

Ecolgy and Wildlife Conservation, Bournemouth Univeristy,UK

Media & Public Relations Team

Jeffrey Winandy
(Luxemburg)

Media

European Voluntary Service, Luxemburg

Lucie Francois
(France)

Media

Economique et Commerciale Emlyon business school,France

Alex Cherry
(USA)

Media

Environmental Studies and International Relations, Tufts University,USA

Alba María Albaladejo
(Spain)

Media

Marketing, University of Murcia, Spain

Martha Davis
(UK)

Media

Communication Studies, Media , Bournemouth Univeristy,UK

Markus Deppner
(Germany)

Media

B.Sc. Media Computer Science , Univeristy of Tübingen,Germany

Robbert van den Berg
(The Netherlands)

Media

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

Lilly Gothe
(Germany)

Media

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

Risk Shipping and Environmental Law

Marylyn Sammut
(Malta)

Risk Shipping and Environmental Law

Bachelor Science in Environmental Engineering, College of Arts Science and Technology,Malta

Amanda Attard
(Malta)

Risk Shipping and Environmental Law

Bachelor Science in Environmental Engineering, College of Arts Science and Technology,Malta

GIS Team

Kathryn Smith
(USA)

GIS

Coastal Zone Managemen, University of Miami,USA

Robin Scholte
(The Netherlands)

GIS

Geo Media and Design, HAS University of Applied Sciences ,The Netherlands

Will Melhuish
(UK)

GIS

Environmental Geography and International Development, University of East Anglia, UK

Niek Schreurs
(The Netherlands)

GIS

Geo Media and Design, HAS University of Applied Sciences The Netherlands

Jill Cremer
(Australia)

GIS

Bachelor of Science (Genetics)/Bachelor of Arts(Geography and Ancient History), University of Queensland,Australia

Ronja van der Roest
(The Netherlands)

GIS

MSc Geographical Information Management and Applications, Utrecht University The Netherlands

Stephanie Fovenyessy
(USA)

GIS

BSc Anthropology and Geography, Minor in GIS, Polytechnic State University (USA)

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