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

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

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

Bethan Jones
(England)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Bsc Biological sciences, University of Cardiff,Wales

Shane Hastie
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Wildlife Conservation & Zoology, University of Salford,UK

Aaron Crasnick
(USA)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, University of Delaware,USA

Jack Fosberry
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Cardiff University, Zoology,Wales

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

Amanda Dahl
(Sweden)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Environmental Sciences, Malmö University,Sweden

Ana Calbet
(Spain)

Microplastics Researcher

Environmental Engineering, Universidad Politecnica,Spain

Giacomo Grande
(Italy)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Environment & Marketing

Julia Stil
(The Netherlands)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Water and Environement , MBO Life Sciences , The Netherlands

Jente van Langerak
(The Netherlands)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Irene Moro Martínez
(Spain)

Microplastics Researcher

Environmental Sciences, University of Salamanca,Spain

Nikolaos Papagiannopoulos
(Greece)

Marine Conservation Researcher

MSC in Biology - Aquatic Ecology, Lund University,Sweden

Terrestrial Research & Conservation Team

Madeleine Brown
(Australia)

Terrestrial Researcher

Landscape Architecture, University of New South Wales,Australia

Kalina Greszta
(Poland)

Terrestrial Researcher

Hydrogeology, University of Warsaw,Poland

Laura Roper
(UK)

Terrestrial Researcher

Wildlife and Practical Conservation, University of Salford,UK

Media & Public Relations Team

Jeffrey Winandy
(Luxemburg)

Media

European Voluntary Service, Luxemburg

Lucie Francois
(France)

Media

Economique et Commerciale Emlyon business school,France

Mason Stock
(UK)

Media

B.A. Philosophy & Media, Nottingham Trent,UK

Lotte Douma
(The Netherlands)

Media

International Communication and Media, Utrecht University of Applied Sciences,The Netherlands

Martha Davis
(UK)

Media

Communication Studies, Media , Bournemouth Univeristy,UK

Lilly Gothe
(Germany)

Media

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

Robbert van den Berg
(The Netherlands)

Media

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

Arianna Favali
(Italy)

Media

Cinema and Multimedia,Italy

Environmental Law

Cintia Baranyi
(Hungary)

Environmental Law

Bsc Hons Zoo Biology, Nottingham Trent University,England

GIS Team

Robin Scholte
(The Netherlands)

GIS

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

Niek Schreurs
(The Netherlands)

GIS

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

Ronja van der Roest
(The Netherlands)

GIS

MSc Geographical Information Management and Applications, Utrecht University The Netherlands

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