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

Beatriz Tintoré
(Spain)

Head of Marine Mammal Research

MSc. Marine Biology, Bangor University, UK

Nikki Cotterill (UK)

Head of the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary

MSc. Conservation Biology, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Dr. Stelios Chartofilis (GR)

Veterinarian of the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary

Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University, Greece

Anastasia Miliou
(Greece)

Scientific Director

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

Ifigeneia Trompouki
(Greece )

Head of Legal Research

Lawyer, PhD Cand. in Public International Law of the Sea, DUTH

Ambrosine Clark
(France)

Marine Mammal Research Team Supervisor

MSc. Zoology & Ecophysiology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Vasilis Sarantou
(Greece)

Captain of Research Boat Naftilos

Amanda Batlle Morera
(Spain)

Operations Manager

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

Dr. Alice Masper
(Italy)

Head of Microplastics Research

PhD Ecotoxicology, CIAD, Mexico

Maria Moran García
(Spain)

Marine Ecology Research Assistant

BSc in Biology, Universidad de Navarra, Spain
MSc in Marine Ecosystem Management, University of St Andrews, Scotland

Periklis Koxilas
(Greece)

Captain of Research Boat Pinelopi & Ship Manager

Tim Grandjean
(Netherlands)

Head of GIS Research

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

Laura Macrina (Italy)

Head of Marine Ecology Research

MSc Tropical Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Alice Malcolm-McKay (UK)

Marine Ecology Research Assistant

BSc. Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

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

Anton Leach
(New Zealand)

Producer/Director Clawed Hat Films

Billy Browning
(UK)

GIS Research Assistant

BSc. Geography, University of Birmingham, UK

Konstantis Alexopoulos
(Greece)

GIS Associate

BSc. (Hons), University of Plymouth, UK

Jasmine Duthie
(New Zealand)

Producer/Director Clawed Hat Films

Marine Ecology Team

Maurizio Ingrosso
(Italy)

Marine Ecology Intern

PhD candidate in Environmental Science, University of Bari, Italy

Alexandra Gimblett
(UK)

Marine Ecology Intern

Student studying Marine and Freshwater Biology, Aberystwyth University (UK)

Adrian Leonard Rosland
(Norway)

Marine Ecology Intern

Nord university, Biology, Norway

Caroline McMenamin
(Ireland)

Marine Ecology Intern

Queens University Belfas, animal behaviour and welfare, masters. North of Ireland

Zachary Mühlenweg
(USA)

Marine Ecology Intern

Master, Joint Master IMBRSea, Marine Biological Resources, Germany

Naomi Griffiths
(UK)

Marine Ecology Intern

BSc Marine Geography, Cardiff University, UK

Coral Stancliffe-Caldicott
(UK)

Marine Ecology Intern

BSc. Marine Geography, Cardiff University, UK

Mads H. Voldengen
(Norway)

Marine Ecology Intern

Bachelors, Nord university, Biology, Norway

Okke Schraa
(Netherlands)

Marine Ecology Intern

Aeres University of Applied Science Almere,Bachelor in Applied Biology, Netherlands

Lottie Holland
(UK)

Marine Ecology Intern

Student in Marine and Freshwater Biology, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK

Lana Mena
(USA)

Coralligenous Habitat Intern

BSc in Marine Science, Stockton University, USA

Matthieu Lelong
(France)

Marine Ecology Intern

Institut Agro Dijon, Seagrass health assessment, France

Abe Zijlstra
(Belgium)

Marine Ecology Intern

Harry Baragwanath
(UK)

Marine Ecology Intern

University of Portsmouth, Marine Biology, UK

Romane Torchy
(France)

Marine Ecology Intern

University of Angers, Biology, Bachelor degree in biology of organisms and population, France

Andrea Lepre
(Italy)

Marine Ecology Intern

University degli Studi di Perugia, Biology, bachelor, Italy

Jesus Alonso Guerra
(Spain)

Marine Ecology Intern

Masters, University of west of England, advanced wildlife Conservation in practice, England

Microplastics Research Team

Hayley McIlwraith
(Canada)

Microplastics PhD Student

PhD student in Environmental Science, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and University of East Anglia, Canada

Maud Guillot
(France)

Microplastic Intern

ENGEES, Water and Environmental engineering, Master first year, France

Cléa Barbier
(France)

Microplastic Intern

ENSCM Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Montpellier, Environmental chemistry. master, France

Canelle Sauvaitre
(France)

Microplastic Intern

Université de Toulon, Environmental Biology, 2nd degree of bachelor, France

Julie Divanach
(France)

Microplastic Intern

Université Paris-Saclay, Biology, 2nd degree of bachelor, France

Marine Mammal Research Team

Sophie Pickett
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc. Wildlife Conservationwith Zoo Biology. University of Salford, United Kingdom.

Romane Frey
(France)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Masters in Acoustics research, Le Mans University - France

Michael Day
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

University of Nottingham, Tropical Biology - UK

Theo Plotard
(France)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

MSc Marine Sciences course in Biotic interactions and anthropic disturbances in the environment - France

Márcia Branquinho
(Portugal)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Bachelor (finished), Science Faculty of the University of Lisbon, Biology,

Gemma McCormick
(Ireland)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc, Queen's University Belfast, Marine Biology, Northern Ireland

Adrienne Calistri-Yeh
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Northwestern University, United States Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering

Tom Haynes
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc. Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Chelsea van de Kerkhof
(Netherlands)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Wildlife Management at the University of Applied Sciences Van Hall Larenstein, Netherlands

Caoimhe White
(Ireland)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc in environmental science, University of Ulster - Ireland

Riley Berg
(USA)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

School of Biological Sciences MSc Animal Behaviour and Welfare, Northern Ireland

Camille Goffin
(France)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

University of Bordeaux Master of Biodiversity

Aida Maria Cedeño Giler
(Portugal)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

University: Instituto Politécnico de Leiria, Portugal Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology and Biotechnology

Maya Franqueira
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Bachelors, The University of Salford, Wildlife Conservation and Ecology, England

Leah Brookes
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Marine and Freshwater Biology, Aberystwyth University, Wales, UK

Lucas Bernier
(France)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

ESPCI Pari, France

Minne van Lübeck
(Netherlands)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Biology and Medical Laboratory Research, University of Applied Sciences Leiden, The Netherlands

Abbey Bayliss
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Aberystwyth University, Wildlife Conservation - Whales

Noemie André
(France)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

AgroSup Dijon, Agronomy and environment, France

Gonçalo Mota
(Portugal)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon (FCUL), Biology, Portugal, Bachelors

Hillary Santamaria
(Portugal)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

University: Instituto politécnico de Leiria ESTM, Portugal Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology and Biotechnology

Lewis Shedden
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Bsc Marine and Freshwater Conservation,University of Cumbria, UK

Georgia Nichols
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student studying zoology, Aberystwyth university, UK

Jenny Charalambous
(Cyprus)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc. Marine Geography, University of Cardiff, United Kingdom

Ruben Resende
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Aberystwyth University, Marine & Freshwater Biology - Whales

Emily Main
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Cardiff University, BSc Marine Geography, UK

Yanis Moulin
(France)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

AgroSup Dijon, Agronomy and environment, France

Terrestrial Research Team

Lieza Krsteski
(Belgium)

Terrestrial Research Intern

University of Applied Sciences Ghent, Agro- and biotechnology - Plantmanagement, Belgium

Chambon Lucas
(France)

Terrestrial Research Intern

Université Clermont Auvergne, Biology Engineering, France

Alice Connell
(UK)

Terrestrial Ecology Team Supervisor

Swansea University MRes in Movement Ecology (Zoology)

GIS Research Team

Sophie Woolcock
(Belgium)

GIS Research supervisor

Bachelor, University of Exeter, Biological Sciences, England

Viktoria Veith
(Germany)

GIS Research Intern

Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg, Germany

Lotta de Beer
(Netherlands)

GIS Research Intern

HAS University of Applied Science, Applied Geo-Information Science, Netherlands

Gareth Ross
(South Africa)

GIS Research Intern

Lara Gillham
(Switzerland)

GIS Research Intern

Bachelor, University of Lausanne, Geosciences and Environment, Switzerland

Lissa O'Callaghan
(UK)

GIS Research Intern

Masters, Queen's University Belfast, Ecological Management and Conservation Biology, Northern Ireland

Loé Maire
(France)

GIS Research Intern

Master, EPFL Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, Environmental Engineering, Switzerland

Amber Winship
(England)

GIS Research Intern

Nottingham Trent University - BSc in Ecology and Conservation, England

Law and Policy Team

Charlotte Leduc
(France)

Law & Policy Intern

National Graduate School of Chemistry of Montpellier, France

Media Team

Mika Flooren
(Netherlands )

Media Intern

Student in graphic design, Da Vinci Dordrecht, Netherlands

Iris Verhoef
(Netherlands)

Media Intern

Student in graphic design, Da Vinci Dordrecht, Netherlands

Eliza Fula
(France)

Media Intern

Bachelor in Foreign Applied Languages, University de Bretagne Occidentale Quimper, France

Multidisciplinary Team

Cecile Koceyan
(USA)

Multidisciplinary Intern

Veterinary Medicine, Bachelors in Biologisch Sciences, USA

Sophie Geerdink
(Netherlands)

Multidisciplinary Intern

Aeres University of Applied Sciences, Applied Biology, bachelor, Netherlands

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