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

Simone Antichi
(Italy)

Marine Mammal Team Supervisor

BSc Marine Biology, Universita Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

Petroula Botsidou
(Greece)

Terrestrial Team Supervisor

MSc Biological Applications and Technology, University of Ioannina, Greece

Christina Sivret
(USA)

Campaign & Strategy Manager

Juris Doctor, University of Hawaii, USA

Karthik Ashok
(India)

Head of Marine Bioacoustics Research

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

Juliette D'Amelio
(Italy)

Terrestrial Team Assistant Supervisor

Biological Sciences, University of Essex, UK

Belén 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)

Daveron Smith
(UK)

GIS Team Supervisor & Terrestrial Survey Design Assistant

MSc in Environmental Consultancy, University of Plymouth, UK

Nana Nikolau
(Greece)

Operations Manager

MSc Information Systems, Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece

Emma Ward
(UK)

Marine Conservation Supervisor

BSc Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Vasilis Sarantou
(Greece)

Head of Technical Operations

Kleopatra Delaveri
(Greece)

Admissions Manager

MSc Electronic Engineer, Networks and Computer Technologies, University of the Aegean, Greece

Scientific Advisors

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

Tim Grandjean
(The Netherlands)

PhD Candidate in Coastal Ecosystems

Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and Utrecht University, The Netherlands

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

Sarah Meek
(UK)

Head of Seagrass Research

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

Marine Mammals Team

Jen Putnam
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Animal Science, University of Reading, UK

Lucas Le Gall
(France)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Biology Studies, University of Bordeaux, France

Beth Porter
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

MSc Marine Conservation, University of Aberdeen, UK

Greg Pitcher
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BSc Wildlife and Practical Conservation, Salford University, UK

Nicola Mayrhofer
(Switzerland)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Environmental Biology, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Madison Hahn
(USA)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Marine Mammal Science, University of Miami, USA

Calle Biles
(USA)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Biology, Virginia Military Institute, USA

Kristina Tsakos
(USA)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Environmental Science, Loyola University Chicago, USA

Zoe Molder
(Canada)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Marine Biology, University of Victoria, Canada

Cody Coates
(USA)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Marine Biology, University of South Florida, USA

Isabel Benito
(Spain)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Oceanography, University of Vigo, Spain

Molly Fairclough
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Environmental Science, University of the West of England, UK

Alicia Quirin
(Germany)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Marine Conservation, University of Aberdeen, UK

John Rowarth
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Wildlife Conservation, University of the West of England, UK

Natalie Leung
(Hong Kong)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Geography, University of Edinburgh, UK

Marine Research and Conservation Team

Jente van Langerak
(Netherlands)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BSc Biology, Radboud University, Netherlands

Saulė Medelytė
(Lithuania)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Ecology and Environmental Management, Klaipeda University, Lithuania

Ana Martínez Cerrillo
(Spain)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Biology, University of Córdoba, Spain

Georgia Ohlin
(Australia)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BSc Environmental Science, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Jacob Coleman
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

MRes Marine Biology, University of Plymouth, UK

Elizabeth Patterson
(Canada)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Biotechnology, Fleming College, Canada

Maria Shmarina
(Sweden)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Physical Geography, Gothenburg University, Sweden

Ana Acosta
(Ecuador)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Genetics and Cell Biology, University of Toronto, Canada

Symiah Barnett
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BSc Chemistry, Aston University, UK

Camilla Hansen
(Denmark)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BSc in Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Vivienne Gao
(USA)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Marine Biology, Northeastern University, USA

Theodore Ostas
(USA)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BSc Environmental Engineering, University of Oklahoma, USA

Arun Mishra
(India)

Marine Conservation Researcher

MSc Environmental Engineering and Management, Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia

Anna Giannelli
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Maths and Biology, University of Edinburgh, UK

Charlotte Aldis
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

MSc in Tropical Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Laura Macrina
(Italy)

Marine Conservation Researcher

MSc Tropical Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Amy Freeland
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BSc (Hons) Wildlife Conservation and Ecology, University of Chester, UK

Martha Boddy
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Biological Science, University of Bristol, UK

Zak Yates
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Science, University of the West of England, UK

Deanna Atkins
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

MSc in Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Dorian Conscience
(France)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Water Management, Bordeaux Institute of Natural Science and Agribusiness (ISNAB), France

Regi Lopez
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Biomedical Science, De Montfort University, UK

Dorota Kolbuk
(Poland)

Marine Conservation Researcher

PhD Candidate in Geology, Institute of Paleobiology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Terrestrial Research & Conservation Team

Emma Hayward
(Canada)

Terrestrial Researcher

Biology, University of Victoria, Canada

Julia Sweatman
(Canada)

Terrestrial Researcher

Biology and Global Health, University of Toronto, Canada

Kylie Milne
(Canada)

Terrestrial Researcher

Biology, University of Victoria, Canada

Boglárka Kovács
(Hungary)

Terrestrial Researcher

Bachelor of Science, Eötvös Lóránd Science University, Hungary

Hannah McComber
(USA)

Terrestrial Researcher

Zoology, Southern Illinois University, USA

Imogen Schwandner
(Germany)

Terrestrial Researcher

Conservation Biology and Management, Stirling University, UK

Mila Lagou
(Cyprus)

Terrestrial Researcher

Biological Sciences, University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Rayne Leroux
(Netherlands)

Terrestrial Researcher

BSc Liberal Arts and Sciences (Biology), Amsterdam University College, Netherlands

Media & Public Relations Team

Gill Brandon-Hart
(Canada)

Media

Communications and Public Policy, St. Thomas University, Canada

Akunya Fomina
(UK)

Media

BA Illustration, University of Lincoln, UK

Anastasiya Camp
(Russia)

Media

Biology and Art, Concordia University, USA

Maggie Au
(USA)

Media

Marketing, California State University Long Beach, USA

Will Cunningham
(USA)

Media

Ecology, University of Texas San Antonio, USA

Jaclyn Melville
(Canada)

Media

Business M.P.S., University of Victoria, Canada

GIS Team

Inge van den Meiracker
(Netherlands)

GIS

Master of Science (MSc), Utrecht University, Netherlands

Anindya Majhi
(India)

GIS

MSc Physical Land Resources, PG Diploma Applied Remote Sensing and GIS, BSc (Hons.) Geography, Ghent University, Belgium

Jess Roberts
(UK)

GIS

BSc Geology and Physical Geography, MSc GIS, University of Edinburgh, UK

Sumlam Lau
(Hong Kong)

GIS

Environmental Science, City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Eddo Meeken
(Netherlands)

GIS

MSc Environmental Geography, MSc Geographical Information Management and Applications, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Eammon Jensen
(USA)

GIS

Geography and Geospatial Science, Oregon State University, USA

Guillaume Calas
(France)

GIS

Agronomy Engineer, The School of Agricultural and Life Sciences (ENSAT), France

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