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

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)

William Parker
(Canada)

Head of Terrestrial Research

BSc Natural Resources Managment-Wildlife and Fisheries, University of Northern British Columbia, Canada

Sarah Meek
(UK)

Head of Seagrass Research

PhD cand. Marine Ecology, University of West England, United Kingdom

Vitor Hugo Ferreira Dias
(Portugal)

Supervisor of Marine Conservation Team

BSc Biology, Universidade da Madeira, Portugal

Karthik Ashok
(India)

Head of Marine Bioacoustics Research

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

Tim Grandjean
(The Netherlands)

Head of GIS Research

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

Ana Gheorghiu
(Canada)

Admissions- International Relations Manager

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

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

Professor David J. Smith
(UK)

Director of the Coral reef research Unit

Department of Biology, 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

Dr. Okan Ürker
(Turkey)

Forest Ecology Expert

Specialist in forest & fire ecology, conservation policy. The Society for the Conservation of Nature & Culture, Turkey

Niki Cesta
(Canada)

Marine Geosystem Mapping Expert

Msc Environmental Science, University of Toronto, Canada

Cpt. Nikos Plakas
(Greece)

Shipping Risk Management Expert

Associates

Emma Ward
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Nur Bikem Kesici
(Turkey)

Researcher in Coastal Ecology

MSc Hydrobiology, University of Istanbul, Turkey

Heidi Malizia
(USA)

Researcher in Marine Mammals

BSc Biology, University of Missouri, USA

Ayça Eleman
(Turkey)

Researcher in Marine Mammals

PhD Candidate in Environmental Science, Bogazici, Turkey

Paulos Ioannidis
(Greece)

Drone Operator

Civil Engineer

Debora Milenkova
(Greece)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

MSc in Marine Resources Development and Protection, Heriot-Watt University, UK

Marine Mammals Team

Harry Kerr
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

BSc Marine Biology, University of Essex, England

Simone Antichi
(Italy)

Marine Mammal Researcher

BSc Marine Biology, Universita Politecnica delle, Italy

Héloïse Carlier
(France)

Marine Mammal Researcher and GIS

BSc AgroParisTech engineer and MSc in Ecology, Biodiversity, Evolution, AgroParisTech, France

Katie Powell
(UK)

Macroplastics and BORIS

MSc Biodiversity and Conservation, University of Exeter, UK

Fachin Bittaouri Ben Hlima
(Spain)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Cert.H.E Environmental Education and Management CIFP Zonzamas, Spain

Marine Research and Conservation Team

Benedict Rickards
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Zoology, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Abigail Wookey
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Researcher

BSc Marine Biology, Swansea University, UK

Tjitske Dalderup
(The Netherlands)

Fisheries

MA Aquaculture and Marine Resource Managment, Wageningen University, The Netherlands

Ilse Hoen
(The Netherlands)

GIS applications for conservation

BSc Geo Media and Design, HAS University of Applied Science, The Netherlands

Tristan Alison
(France)

Seagrass Conservation

BSc Agronomy/Environmental management/ Biology (marine and terrestrial), AgrosupDijon, France

Lena Schenke
(Germany)

GIS application for conservation

MSc Environmental Management Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Germany

Deborah Vasquez
(Venezuela)

Fisheries

BEc Economics/Environmental Science Northeastern University, USA

Clara Gütte
(Germany)

Marine Conservation

BSc Environment and Energy Rhine-Waal University, Germany

Adelle Lack
(Australia)

GIS applications for conservation

BE Civil and Environmental Engineering Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Elissa Mastroianni
(Australia)

Microplastics Researcher

BSc Marine Biology James Cook University, Australia

Terrestrial Research & Conservation Team

Mayokun Irelewuyi
(UK)

Zoology Researcher

BSc Biological Sciences, University of Essex, UK

Alan Doyle
(UK)

Terrestrial Researcher

BSc Marine Geography, Cardiff University, UK

Raúl Dominguez
(Spain)

Ornithology Researcher

BSc Biology degree, Universitat de Girona, Spain

Charlie Rayner
(UK)

Terrestrial Researcher

BSc Global Ecology and Wildlife Conservation University of Leicester, UK

Laura Montiel
(France)

Terrestrial Researcher

BSc Agronomy Montpellier SupAgro, France

Media & Public Relations Team

Jolly Yang
(Australia)

Photography

BSc Zoology/Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia

Camille Gaudin
(France)

Media

BSc Foreign Applied languages, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, France

Matthian Reid
(The Netherlands)

Video Editing and Animation

BAc Media, Design and Technology Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Quinn Paszkowski
(Canada)

Media

BCom Marketing McMaster University, Canada

Rahavi Gnanachandra
(UK)

Media

BIB International Business University of Hertfordshire, UK

Education Team

Farid Ibañez Alzate
(Spain)

Educator

Cert.H.E Environmental Education and Management CIFP Zonzamas, Spain

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