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

Dr Valentina Costa
(Italy)

Marine Research and Conservation Team Supervisor

PhD in Ecology, University of Parma, Italy

Kleopatra Delaveri
(Greece)

Operations Manager

MSc Networks and Computer Technologies, University of the Aegean

Sarah Meek
(UK)

Seagrass Research and Conservation Team Supervisor

PhD Marine Ecology, University of West England, United Kingdom

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

Karlos Moraes
(Brazil)

Marine Research Team Coordinator

MSc Coastal and Ocean Science, University of Aveiro, Portugal

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

Sara Ferreiro Carballal
(Spain)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Master degree in Biodiversity and Animal Conservation, University of Valencia, Spain

Fabienne Dupuis
(Canada)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Third year degree in Ecology, University of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada

Sara Pantel
(USA)

Marine Mammal Researcher

BSc Biology, Tufts University, USA

Maria Teresa Valério Hipólito
(Portugal)

Marine Mammal Researcher

BSc Animal Biology, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Karthik Ashok
(India)

Marine Mammal Researcher

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

Minke de Vos
(The Netherlands)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Third year student Eco & Wildlife, Helicon MBO Apeldoorn,The Netherlands

Germaine Bronkhorst
(The Netherlands)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Third year student Ecology and Wildlife, Helicon MBO Apeldoorn, The Netherlands

Harry Kerr
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Third Year BS Marine Biology, University of Essex, England

Sanne Bosman
(The Netherlands)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Aeres MBO, applied biology, The Netherlands

Eva Jackson
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Marine Biology, University of Essex, Engeland

Venetia Galanaki
(Greece)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Biomedical Science, Kingston university, United Kingdom

Coastal Ecology Team

Amy Whelchel
(USA)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

B.S. in biology, University of Oklahoma, US

Sophie Steinhausen
(Germany)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

B.Sc. Biology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany

Benedict Rickards
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Zoology, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Daniel Fry
(Australia)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

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

Viktor Evtimov
(Bulgaria)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

Biological Studies, Drexel University, United States

Microplastic Team

Vera de Ruijter
(The Netherlands)

Microplastics Researcher

Second year Marine Sciences, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands

Iskra Nicetic
(Australia)

Microplastics Researcher

BSc Biotechnology, University of New South Wales, Australia

Marc Sicart
(Spain)

Microplastics Researcher

BSc Chemistry, University of Barcelona, Spain

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

Robert Schlick
(Germany)

GIS application for conservation

Third year MSc Hydrology, Dresden University of Technology, Germany

Renáta Hriczkó
(Hungary)

GIS application for conservation

MSc Environment and Resource Management, Vrije Universiteit van Amsterdam

Vinita Ganesh
(Malaysia)

GIS application for conservation

BSc Environmental Geoscience, University of Edinburgh, UK

Tim Grandjean
(The Netherlands)

GIS application for conservation

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

Renewable Energy Team

Silvia Mozzi
(Italy)

Renewable Energy Researcher

MSc Energy Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

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)

Maria Knabe
(Germany)

Terrestrial Researcher

Second year MSc Forest Sciences, University of Freiburg, Germany

Jaap Evers
(The Netherlands)

Terrestrial Researcher

MBO Eco & Wildlife, Helicon Geldermalsen, The Netherlands

Maarja Jagomägi
(Estonia)

Terrestrial Researcher

MSc Animal Behaviour, Manchester Metropolitan University, England

José Salgado
(Portugal)

Terrestrial Researcher

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

Irene Santander Rodríguez
(Spain)

Terrestrial Researcher

Environmental sciences, University of Granada, Spain

Mayokun Irelewuyi
(UK)

Terrestrial Researcher

BS Biological sciences, University of Essex, UK

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

Begoña Reboredo
(Spain)

Environmental education

Direction of Educational Activities in Nature, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Nina Flashner
(UK)

Shipping Risk Researcher

Meng Mechanical Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom

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