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. Aylin Akkaya Baş
(Turkey)

Marine Mammal Research Coordinator

Marine Mammal Research Coordinator, Marine Mammals PhD at Istanbul University, Turkey

Karlos Moraes
(Brazil)

Marine Research Team Coordinator

MSc Coastal and Ocean Science, University of Aveiro, Portugal

Niki Cesta
(Canada)

Lead Researcher in Geosystem Mapping

Msc Environmental Science, University of Toronto, Canada

Heidi Malizia
(USA)

Lead Marine Mammals Researcher

BSc Biology, University of Missouri, USA

Marika Panagiotou
(Greece)

Scientific Research Manager

MSc in Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

Kleopatra Delaveri
(Greece)

Research Base Manager

MSc Network and Computer Technologies, University of the Aegean

Christos Chatzitheodorou
(Greece)

Lipsi Research Base Manager

Electrical and Computer Engineer, University of Cyprus

Konstantinos Theofilis
(Greece)

Web designer – Developer / Skipper

BSc Informatics Engineering, Technical University of Crete, Greece

Scientific Associates

Dr Rupert Perkins
(UK)

Scientific Advisor
(Marine Ecology)

Senior Lecturer of Marine Bioscience, Cardiff University, UK

Vassilios Kouroutos
(Greece)

Scientific Advisor
(Marine Conservation)

Marine biologist (PhD Candidate), Monk Seal & MPA Specialist

Charlene Caprio
(USA)

Legal Consultant
(Environmental Law)

Juris Doctorate

Ronny Steen
(Norway)

Scientific Advisor
(Ornithological Research)

PhD from Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Dr. Ruth Cox
(Canada)

Scientific Advisor
(Population Ecology)

Phd Population Ecology and Researcher at University of Prince Edward Island, Canada

Dr. Robert James
(UK)

Scientific Advisor
(Jackal Research)

Phd Zoology and Mollecular Ecology of the golden Jackal at University of Brighton, UK

Olga Sawościanik
(Poland)

Scientific Advisor
(Herpetology)

Herpetologist, experimental biologist at University of Adam Mickiewicz, Poland

Vittoria Gnetti
(Italy)

Scientific Advisor
(Fishery Biology)

MSc Biodiversity and ecosystem's management, University of Rome, Italy

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. Leanne J. Appleby Hepburn
(UK)

Scientific Advisor
(Marine and Coastal Ecology)

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

Dr. Tom Cameron
(UK)

Scientific Advisor
(Fisheries Ecology)

PhD in Animal Ecology, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Associates

Nur Bikem Kesici
(Turkey)

Lead Researcher in Coastal Ecology

MSc Hydrobiology, University of Istanbul, Turkey

Ayça Eleman
(Turkey)

Lead Researcher in Marine Mammals

PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, Bogazici, Turkey

Matija Drakulić
(Croatia)

Marine Researcher

MSc Coastal and Marine Management

Victor Buchet
(France)

Marine Researcher

MSc Coastal and Marine Management

Paulos Ioannidis
(Greece)

Drone Operator

Civil Engineer

Marine Mammals Team

James Cowie
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

BSc Environmental Science & Sustainability, University of Glasgow, UK

Lina Davolytė
(Lithuania)

Marine Mammal Researcher

BSc Ecology, Vilnius University, Lithuania

Julita Gutkowska
(Poland)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Oceanography, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Hélène Maziere
(France)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Marine Biology, Aix- Marseille University, France

Katarzyna Mojsa
(Poland)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Oceanography, University of Gdańsk, Poland

Hannah Lonsdale
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

BSc Biology, Aston University, UK

Monika Linkevičiūtė
(Lithuania)

Marine Mammal Researcher

BSc Ecology, Vilnius University, Lithuania

Coastal Ecology Team

Nerea Ferrando Jorge
(Spain)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Environmental Science and Sustainability, Glasgow University, UK

Joshua Lawton
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Environmental Science and Sustainability, University of Glasgow, UK

Alex Bishop
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

MSc Costal and Marine Resource Management, University of Portsmouth, UK

Dean Gordon
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

MSc Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology, Heriot- Watt University, UK

Efsaia Vardoulaki
(Greece)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

MSc Environment and Sustainable Development, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Andrey Sukhorukov
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Marine Geography, Cardiff University, UK

Sara Albuixech Marti
(Spain)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

MSc Marine Ecology, University of Balearic Islands, Spain

Alex Curd
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

MSc Marine Biology, Bangor University, UK

Emma Ward
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Javier de la Flor
(Spain)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Technician in navigation and fishing, CIPF Marítimo Zaporito, Spain

David McGarrell
(Ireland)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Environmental Science (Costal Management), Southern Cross University , Australia

Katariina Lahti
(Finland)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Environmental Ecology, University of Helsinki, Finland

Enrique de Porras Melero
(Spain)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Technician in underwater and hyperbaric operations, CIPF Marítimo Zaporito, Spain

GIS Team

Martyna Irska
(Poland)

GIS application for conservation

MSc GIS, University of Silesia, Poland

Thomas O'Reilly
(UK)

GIS application for conservation

BSc Environmental Science, Bournemouth University, UK

Justyna Białkowska
(Poland)

GIS application for conservation

MSc Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, AGH University of Science and Technology, Poland

Li Wang
(China)

GIS application for conservation

MSc International Marine Environmental Consultancy, University of Newcastle, UK

Renewable Energy Team

Agnieszka Ciemięga
(Poland)

Renewable Energy Researcher

MSc Environmental Engineering, Silesian University of Technology, Poland

Alexander Hofer
(Austria)

Renewable Energy Researcher

BSc Urban Renewable Energy Technologies, University of Applied Sciences, Technikum Wien, Austria

Terrestrial Team

Laura Jurkevičiūtė
(Lithuania)

Terrestrial Researcher

MSc Ecology, Vilnius University, Lithuania

Linnea Hindriks
(Germany)

Terrestrial Researcher

BSc Landscape Ecology and Nature Conservation, University of Greifswald, Germany

Media & Public Relations Team

Kamila Aymetdinova
(Russia)

Graphic designer

M.Arch, Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering, Russian Federation

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