Our Lipsi marine research base is a hive of activity with research being conducted by an international team of researchers and students from 16 countries. Key areas of research focus are:
– Research on Posidonia seagrass meadows, in cooperation with The University of Essex and The University of The West of England, UK with main projects on:
-Mapping the extent of seagrass meadows
– Quantification of the potential for carbon storage by seagrass meadows, with the use of logger-based systems,
-The experimental replantation of Posidonia oceanica (Neptune grass).

– Monitoring the spread of invasive marine species in coastal ecosystems.

– Assessment of the Mass Mortality Event involving Pinna nobilis (The Noble Pen shell) – a species whose population has drastically declined over the past years and now faces possible risk of extinction (https://archipelago.gr/…/noble-pen-shell-pinna-nobilis-anot…/)

– Daily monitoring of the rate of aggregation of marine litter on the shores of Lipsi Island. As Lipsi has one of the best waste management systems in Greece, the vast majority of the marine litter that reaches the shores originates from other parts of the Aegean and the Mediterranean.

Archipelagos’ research teams also support in many other ways the creation process of the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary, as well as multiple other research and conservation actions.