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

Giulia Soldano
(Italy)

Cetacean Bioacoustics Researcher

MSc Applied and Experimental Biology, University of Pavia, Italy

Kleopatra Delaveri
(Greece)

Admissions Manager

MSc Electronic Engineer, University of the Aegean, Greece

Patrice Hostetter
(USA)

Marine Mammal Supervisor

MSc Marine Biology, James Cook University, Australia

Nana Nikolaou
(Greece)

Operations Manager

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

Laura Macrina
(Italy)

Marine Conservation Supervisor

MSc Tropical Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Vasilis Sarantou
(Greece)

Captain & Head of Technical Operations

Daveron Smith
(UK)

GIS Team Supervisor

MSc in Environmental Consultancy, University of Plymouth, UK

Periklis Kochilas
(Greece)

Captain

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. Valentina Costa
(Italy)

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

Marine and Coastal Ecology 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

Dr. Ronny Steen
(Norway)

Researcher at Norwegian University of Life Sciences

Ornithological Research 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

Cpt. Nikos Plakas
(Greece)

Shipping Risk Management Expert

Stephen D. McCulloch
(USA)

President, Ocean Experience, Inc. Founder, Protect Wild Dolphins Alliance

Marine Mammal Consultant, AMLS Project Manager

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

Associates

Tim Grandjean
(Netherlands)

PhD Candidate in Coastal Ecosystems

Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research and Utrecht University, Netherlands

Ben Tatton
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BSc Biological Sciences, The University of the West of England, UK

Anton Leach
(New Zealand)

Producer/Director Clawed Hat Films

Emma Ward
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Resercher

Msc. Tropical Marine Biology, University of Essex

Karthik Ashok
(India)

Researcher of Marine Mammal Bioacoustics

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

Jasmine Duthie
(New Zealand)

Producer/Director Clawed Hat Films

Sarah Meek
(UK)

Seagrass Researcher

PhD cand. Marine Ecology, University of the West of England, UK

Simone Antichi
(Italy)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Marine Biology, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy

Paulos Ioannidis
(Greece)

Drone Operator

Civil Engineer

Belén Quintana
(Spain)

Marine Conservation Researcher

MSc. in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Ghent University , Belgium

Godefroy Harito
(UK/France)

Strategic & Business Outreach Associate

Marine Mammals Team

Jessica Isagba
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Nottingham Trent University, UK

Antonia Hennicke
(Germany)

Marine Mammals Researcher

International Marine Science, Heriot-Watt University

Amelia Darby
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Marine Biology Undergraduate, Queen’s University Belfast

Claire Cessford
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Biological Science, Cardiff University, UK

Ross Mclean
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Biological Sciences, Bournemouth University

Pauline Boigelot
(Belgium)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Agronomy, HELHa Haute Ecole Louvain en Hainaut

Maise Ryan
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Biological Science, Cardiff University, UK

Corinne Day-Bailey
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Bioscience, Cardiff University, UK

Saskia Claudia Jane Baker
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Wildlife Conservation with Zoo Biology and Professional Practice, VO Salford

Emily Bingham
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

MSc Biological Sciences, University of Birmingham

Sophie Tatman
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Biological Science, Uo Birmingham

Caroline Abrégal
(France)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Agronomy, ENSAIA, France

Jack Warren
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Sarah Slaughter
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Environmental science, University of Exeter, UK

Luke Rodgers
(Ireland)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Marine Biology, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Marine Research and Conservation Team

Migle Jucaityte
(Lithuania)

Marine Conservation Researcher

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

Kiley Sullivan
(USA)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Criminal Justice and Political Science, Northeastern University, USA

Krista Ciaccio
(USA)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BSc Biology, University of New Hampshire, USA

Sophie Valcova
(Bulgaria)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BSc Zoology, Liverpool John Moores University, Uk

Yanni Pappas
(USA)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Environmental sciences, Northeastern University

Lara Moore
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Environmental Science, University of the West of England, UK

Terrestrial Research & Conservation Team

Winny pan
(Canada)

Terrestrial Researcher

Environmental and Wildlife Management, Vanier College, Canada

Zak Yates
(UK)

Terrestrial Researcher

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

Suze van der Zwet
(Dutch)

Terrestrial Researcher

Applied Biology, Aeres University of applied sciences, Netherlands

Kai Graven-Pucillo
(USA)

Terrestrial Researcher

Environmental Science and Psychology, Northeastern University, USA

Lewis Aaron
(UK)

Terrestrial Researcher

BSc (Hons) Ecology & Conservation, Nottingham Trent University, UK

Gregoire Floretin
(Luxembourg)

Terrestrial Researcher

Media Team

Yassir Elbashir
(UK)

Media

Media Production, Bournemouth University

Delaney Rea
(USA)

Media

Video Documentation, University of Oregon, USA

Lisa Pireau
(Belgium)

Media

Public relation, IHECS, Belgium

Nathalie Doyle
(Canada)

Media

Education and globalisation, University of Oulu

Victoria Stetson
(USA)

Media

Advertising and art, Texas State University

Thomas van der Wijk
(Dutch)

Media

Geo Media & Design, HAS University of applied sciences., Netherlands

Gijs Rampart
(Dutch)

Media

Geo Media & Design, HAS University of applied sciences, Netherlands

Toon Waagmeester
(Dutch)

Media

Geo Media & Design, HAS University of applied sciences, Netherlands

Masuk Thapa
(UK)

Media

Media Production, Bournemouth University

GIS Team

Kanika Kapoor
(New Zealand)

GIS

Ferry Transect Project Cetacean Sightings, The University of Auckland, New Zealand

Luke Gruchot
(USA)

GIS

Grand Valley State University, USA

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