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 join forces 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

Olga Pipili
(Greece)

Operations Manager

BSc. University of Macedonia, Greece

Nikki Cotterill (UK)

Project Manager of the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary

MSc. Conservation Biology, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Dr. Alice Masper
(Italy)

Microplastics Research Assistant

PhD Ecotoxicology, CIAD, Mexico

Anastasia Miliou
(Greece)

Scientific Director

Hydrobiologist, Greek Ambassador in the EU for Sustainable Maritime Policy, (PhD Cand. Fisheries Management)

Amanda Batlle Morera
(Spain)

GIS Research Team Supervisor

MSc. GIS & Remote Sensing, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Stelios Chartofilis (GR)

Veterinarian of the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary

Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University, Greece

Vasilis Sarantou
(Greece)

Captain of Research Boat Naftilos

Tim Grandjean
(Netherlands)

Head of Coastal GIS Research

(PhD Cand. in Coastal Ecosystems), NIOZ & UU, Netherlands

Alice Malcolm-McKay (UK)

Marine Ecology Research Team Supervisor

BSc. Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Ambrosine Clark
(France)

Marine Mammal Research Assistant

MSc. Zoology & Ecophysiology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Periklis Koxilas
(Greece)

Captain of Research Boat Pinelopi & Ship Manager

Beatriz Tintoré
(Spain)

Head of Marine Mammal Research

MSc. Marine Biology, Bangor University, UK

Laura Macrina (Italy)

Marine Ecology Research Team Supervisor

MSc Tropical Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Eline Julia van Aalderink
(Netherlands)

Marine Mammal Research Assistant

MSc. Marine Ecology & Conservation, University of Groningen, Netherlands

Scientific Advisors

Dr. David J. Smith
(UK)

Professor of Marine biology, University of Essex, UK

Tropical Marine Ecology Expert Director of the Coral Reef Research Unit Director of Masters in Tropical Marine Biology

Dr. Rupert Perkins
(UK)

Senior Lecturer of Marine Bioscience, Cardiff University, UK

Marine Ecology Expert

Dr. Ronny Steen
(Norway)

Researcher at Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Ornithological Research Expert

Dr. Pavlos Eleftheriadis
(Greece)

Professor of Public Law and a Fellow, University of Oxford, UK

Planning and Environmental Law Expert

Dr. Leanne Hepburn
(UK)

Senior Lecturer of Marine Ecology University of Essex, UK

Marine and Coastal Ecology Expert

Cpt. Nikos Plakas
(Greece)

Shipping Risk Management Expert

Mr. T David Schofield Jr.
(USA)

Cetacean Behavior, Acclimation and Transport Consultant

Sanctuary Education and Advisory Specialists

Dr. Tom Cameron
(UK)

Lecturer of Animal Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour, University of Essex, UK

Fisheries Ecology Expert

Dr. Isabella Clegg
(UK)

Founder of Animal Welfare Expertise

Specialist for marine mammal welfare in captivity.

Dr.Marta Azzolin
(Italy/Greece)

Lecturer at Turin University for the course of the MSc Applied Ethology ECAU, Italy

PhD, President of Gaia Research Institute Onlus

Dr. Valentina Costa
(Italy)

Researcher of Marine Biologist and Ecologist, University of Aveiro , Portugal

Marine and Coastal Ecology Expert

Associates

Dr Guido Pietroluongo
(Italy)

Marine Mammal Veterinarian

DVM (Doctor in Veterinary Medicine), Teramo University, Italy

Billy Browning
(UK)

GIS Research Assistant

BSc. Geography, University of Birmingham, UK

Jasmine Duthie
(New Zealand)

Producer/Director Clawed Hat Films

Anton Leach
(New Zealand)

Producer/Director Clawed Hat Films

Marine Ecology Team

Lukas van Treeck
(Germany)

Marine Ecology Intern

Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Sophie Carew
(UK)

Marine Ecology Intern

BSc. student, Aberystwyth University, UK

Isabel Kilday
(USA)

Marine Ecology Intern

BSc. student in Public Health, Tulane University, USA

Iker Rafael Yturralde
(Spain)

Seagrass Ηabitats Intern

BSc. student in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology - Marine Biology, Tulane University, USA

Maria Rodriguez Moreno
(Spain)

Environmental Education Team

BSc Environmental and marine sciences, University of Cadiz, Spain

Lauren Hogan
(Canada)

Illegal fisheries & coralligenous habitats Intern

Licentiate in Law, University of Ottawa, Canada

Horatiu Babau
(Romania)

Macroinvertebrates Ecology Intern

BSc Environmental and Molecular Biology, Roskilde University, Danemark

David Carrasco
(Colombia)

Coralligene Habitats Intern

MSc. student, University of San Francisco

Faye Diederiks
(Netherlands)

Marine Ecology Intern

Honours Bachelor, University of Edinburgh, UK

Lea Nupnau
(Germany)

Macroinvertebrate Ecology Intern

BSc., Universität Hamburg, Germany

Estelle Knecht
(France)

Macroinvertebrate Ecology Intern

BSc., University of Lorraine, France

Elena Tasoula
(Greece)

Marine Ecology & Microplastics Intern

MSc.student, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Natalie Jarvis
(UK)

Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary Intern

BSc.Marine Biology, University of Plymouth, UK

Molly Lepoint Irambona
(Belgium)

Seagrass health Intern

MSc.Oceanography, University of Liège, Belgium

Matthew Kirsch
(USA)

Marine Ecology Intern

BSc. student in Marine Science, Boston University, USA

Makenzie Hansen
(USA)

Seagrass Ηabitats Intern

BSc. student in Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Mieke Weiler
(Germany)

Marine Ecology Intern

Alicia Shephard
(UK)

Macroinvertebrate Ecology Intern

Msc., University of Exeter, UK

Sara Muniz
(Spain)

Marine Ecology Intern

MSc.Zoology, University of Lincoln

Lonneke Hendriksen
(Belgium)

Marine Ecology Intern

BSc.Biology, Hasselt University, Belgium

Christiana Kamprogianni
(Greece)

Marine Ecology Intern

BSc., Aberystwyth University, UK

Jana Colli-Cantoni
(France)

Marine Ecology Intern

AgroParisTech

Irene Ballestro Martínez
(Spain)

Macroinvertebrate Ecology Intern

University of Seville

Agata Rogulska
(Poland)

Seagrass Sediment Intern

MSc. Wildlife Conservation, University of the West of England

Roana Silveira
(India)

Marine Ecology Intern

MSc. Environment and Resources, University of the Basque Country, France

Andreas Leoncedis
(Guadeloupe)

Coralligenous habitats Intern

BSc. Environmental Sciences, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada

Microplastics Research Team

Ella Zahra
(Malta)

Microplastics Research Intern

University of Aberdeen, Scotland

Claire Degrave
(France)

Microplastics Research Intern

MSc. student, National school for water and environmental engineering, France

Dovile Lenkauskaite
(Lituania)

Microplastics Research Intern

BSc. Biology, Vilnius University, Lituania

Alex Merkle-Raymond
(USA)

Microplastics Research Intern

MSc. student, Côte d'Azur University, France

Brenna Watkins
(UK)

Microplastics Research Intern

University of the West of England

Imogen Hope Dumville
(New Zealand)

Microplastics Research Intern

MSc. student, MEME, Ludwig Maximilian University, Germany

Charleigh Mallard
(UK)

Microplastics Research Intern

BSc. student, Aberystwyth University, UK

Ombéline Harasse
(France)

Microplastics Research Intern

MSc. student in National School for Water and Environmental Engineering, France

Becky Darrie
(UK)

Microplastics Research Intern

BSc. Animal Behavior and Conservation, UK

Marine Mammal Research Team

Maëva Lebrun
(France)

Intern in Dolphin Photo-ID

BSc. student, INP - Ensat (École Nationale Supérieure Agronomique de Toulouse), France

Nikola Semeráková
(Czech Republic)

Intern in Dolphin Photo-ID
 

Czech University of Life Sciences Prague

Clémence Hamot
(France)

Intern in Underwater Acoustics Research

MSc. student, AgroSup Dijon, France

Micaela Herrera
(Ecuador)

Marine Mammal Research Intern
 

BSc. student, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal

Hazel Rozanski
(France)

Intern in Marine Bird Research

University of the Littoral Opal Coast

Milena Valdez
(Ecuador)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc. student, Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, Portugal

Patrizia Baldi
(Switzerland)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc. Wildlife Conservation, Nottingham Trent University

Anna van Dijk
(Netherlands)

Intern in Dolphin Behaviour Research

Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Karolina Roemer
(Germany)

Intern in Dolphin Behaviour Research
 

University of Stirling

Sabina Sulikova
(Slovakia)

Intern in Dolphin Photo-ID

BSc. in Environmental Earth Sciences, University of St Andrews, UK

Florian Eneau
(France)

Intern in Underwater Acoustics Research
 

MSc. student, AgroSup Dijon, France

Mathilde Roy
(France)

Intern in Underwater Acoustics Research

MSc. student, AgroSup Dijon, France

Rana Chafez
(Greece)

Intern in Dolphin Photo-ID

Deree - The American College of Greece

Rob Hyman
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

MSc. Integrated Masters in Biology, University of York, UK

Salomé Stauffer
(Switzerland)

Intern in Dolphin Photo-ID

BSc., ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Isabel Alves
(UK)

Intern at the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary

Nottingham Trent University

Konstantina Bairaktari
(Greece)

Intern in Underwater Acoustics Research

BSc. student Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece

Henriette Jardet
(France)

Intern at the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary

ESCP Business School

Rhys Selby
(UK)

Intern in Underwater Acoustics Research

BSc. student, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Aileen Roncoroni
(Italy)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

MSc. Student Utrecht University, Netherlands

Marie Claire Pastant
(France)

Intern in Dolphin Behaviour Research

MSc. student, University of Liège, Belgium

Eleni Daskopoulou
(Greece)

Marine Mammal Research Intern
 

BSc. student in Computer Engineering, John Hopkins University, USA

Aliénor Courtois
(France)

Intern in Dolphin Behaviour Research

MSc. student, National school for water and environmental engineering, France

Charlie Soler
(France)

Intern in Dolphin Photo-ID
 

Côte d'Azur University

Tereza Pašková
(Chech Republic)

Intern in Dolphin Photo-ID

Palacký University

Bastien Rigaux
(Belgium)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc. Biological Science, University of Liège, Belgium

Terrestrial Research Team

Florian Walther
(Germany)

Terrestrial Research Intern

BSc. student, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany

Ellie Hawkins
(UK)

Terrestrial Research Intern

BSc. student in Biological Science, University of Essex, UK

Maritina Chleiounaki
(Greece)

Terrestrial Research Volunteer

MSc. Ecology & Conservation Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

GIS Research Team

Konstantis Alexopoulos
(Greece)

GIS Research Intern

BSc. (Hons), University of Plymouth, UK

Veronica DeFelice
(USA)

GIS Research Intern

MSc. student, Georgetown University, USA

Marie Haut-Labourdette
(France)

GIS Research Intern

MSc. Paleobiology, University of Athens

Liam P. Kennedy
(USA)

GIS Research Intern

BSc. student in Environmental Studies & Sciences: Geographic Information Systems, Towson University, USA

Kévin Raynaud
(France)

GIS Research Intern

MSc. student in Mechanical innovation for sustainable systems, Engineering School of the University of Toulon (SeaTech), France

Tara Sexton
(UK)

GIS Research Intern

University of Leeds

Media Team

Katharina Grisotti
(Brazil)

Media Intern

BSc., Oceanography Institute of University of São Paulo, Brazil

Lucie Alonzo
(France)

Media Intern

BSc. in Responsible Marketing, Commercialization & Management, Chamber of commerce and industry, France

Natalia Ciak
(Poland)

Media Intern

MSc. in Graphic Arts, University of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Msc., University of Warsaw, Poland

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