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

Anastasia Miliou
(Greece)

Scientific Director

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

Beatriz Tintoré
(Spain)

Head of the Marine Mammal Research

University of Bangor

Ayden Marrullier
(USA)

Assistant Supervisor for GIS Team / UAV Operator

University of South Florida (BS)

Laura Macrina
(Italy)

Marine Conservation Supervisor

MSc Tropical Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Periklis Koxilas
(Greece)

Captain & Head of Technical Works

Dr Guido Pietroluongo
(Italy)

Marine Mammal Veterinarian

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

Alice Malcolm-Mckay
(UK)

Marine Conservation Research Assistant

University of Essex

Vasilis Sarantou
(Greece)

Captain

Stelios Hartofilis
(Greece)

Veterinarian of the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary

Veterinary Medicine, Aristotle University, of Thessaloniki

Keri Willis
(Ireland)

Marine Conservation Supervisor

Msc in Applied Wildlife Conservation from Anglia Ruskin University

Julie LeCoz
(France)

Marine Mammal Research Assistant

MSc in Biology and Ecology Research, specialising in Marine Biology - France

Patrice Hostetter
(USA)

Marine Mammal Research Assistant

MSc Marine Biology, James Cook University, Australia

Kleopatra Delaveri
(Greece)

Admissions Manager

MSc in Networks and Computer Sciences, University of the Aegean, Department of Information and Communication Systems Engineering, Greece

Eleftheria Christodoulopoulou
(Greece)

Assistant to the scientific director

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Tim Grandjean
(Netherlands)

Coastal GIS / RS researcher

PhD Candidate in Coastal Ecosystems (NIOZ & UU), NLs

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.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

Emma Ward
(UK)

Coastal Ecology Resercher

Msc. Tropical Marine Biology, University of Essex

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

Ben Tatton
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

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

Godefroy Harito
(UK/France)

Strategic & Business Outreach Associate

Nefeli Zervou
(Greece)

Research Team Coordinator

Bsc in Biology, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

Angela Dzienisz
(UK)

Microplastic Research Assistant

MSc Advanced Wildlife Conservation in Practice, University of West of England, UK

Daveron Smith
(UK)

GIS Team Supervisor

MSc in Environmental Consultancy, University of Plymouth, UK

Belén Quintana
(Spain)

Marine Conservation Researcher

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

Jasmine Duthie
(New Zealand)

Producer/Director Clawed Hat Films

Maxime Brooks
(UK)

Marine Conservation Supervisor

MSc Marine Biology and Ecology, James Cook University, Australia

Giulia Soldano
(Italy)

Cetacean Bioacoustics Researcher

MSc Applied and Experimental Biology, University of Pavia, Italy

Karthik Ashok
(India)

Researcher of Marine Mammal Bioacoustics

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

Anton Leach
(New Zealand)

Producer/Director Clawed Hat Films

Marine Mammals Team

Ann-Kathleen Berg
(Germany)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft, Dresden
Project :Anthropogenic Noise Pollution-Soundscape of Lipsi island, Greece

Luana Millecamps
(Portugal)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

University of Lisbon, Faculty of Sciences, BSC Biology -Portugal
Project : Habitat use and preliminary demographic evaluation of the Mediterranean Monk Seal around Lipsi, Arki and Leros islands.

Yasmin Dennist
(Scotland)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

University of St Andrews (Bsc), Heriot-Watt University (Msc)
Project : Environmental variables associated with Delphinus Delphis distribution.

Pirmin Stöhr
(Gemrany)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Heidelberg University
Project :Bioacoustics seasonality

Diana Roncoroni
(Switzerland)

Marine Mammals Research Intern

University of Fribourg, BSC Biology
Project : Application of a machine learning-based system for the detection and classification of odontocetes sounds in the East Aegean Sea

Marco Parasiliti
(UK)

Marine Mammals Research Intern

Bournemouth University
Project : Behaviour of Monk Seals

Brady Brown
(USA)

Marine Mammals Research Intern

California Polytechnic State University; SLO (BSc)
Project : Subgroup associations and habitat preference of the short-beaked Common Dolphin Delphinus Delphis in the southeast Aegean Sea

Liese Schnurbusch
(Germany)

Marine Mammals Research Intern

University of Heidelberg
Project : Climate change assessment of marine mammals around Lipsi island, Greece

Charleigh Mallard
(UK)

Marine Mammals Research Intern

Aberystwyth University - Wildlife Conservation, Wales
Project : Neustonic Microplastic levels in the Aegean Sea.

Ines Costa
(Spain)

Marine Mammals Research Intern

Bangor University, Marine Biology
Project :Identification of cetacean critical habitats in the marine area between the greek islands of Samos, Lipsi and Ikaria.

Sanne Janssen
(Netherlands)

Marine Mammals Research Intern

Utrecht University (BSc)
Project :Effect of fisheries on geographical distribution of Tursiops Truncatus

Runa Schwabe
(Germany)

Marine Mammals Research Intern

University of Cologne
Project :Seasonal distribution of individuals of Delphinus Delphis

Tessa Liu
(Singapore)

Marine Mammals Research Intern

Wageningen University & Research (MSC)
Project :Environmental Impact Assessment of the Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary in Vroulia bay, Lipsi island, Greece

April Schaffner
(France)

Marine Mammals Research Intern

University of Lasalle
Project : Methods to collect and analyse behavioral data of the Short-Beaked common dolphins Delphinus Delphis

Gesa Carolin Mueller
(Netherlands)

Marine Mammals Research Intern

Amsterdam University College
Project :Comparison of the social behavior of 3 dolphin species when encontering boats

Elena Hernández Pérez
(Spain)

Marine Mammals Research Intern

Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM)
Project : Whistles acoustic characterization in Delphinus Delphis and its behavioral correlation in the eastern Aegean Sea

Marine Research and Conservation Team

Sophie Carew
(UK)

Marine Conservation Research Intern

Aberystwyth University, Wales
Project : Seasonal variation in fish species richness and biodiversity on the island of Lipsi, Greece

Louisa Kluessendorf
(Germany)

Marine Conservation Research Intern

University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Project : Monitoring marine invasive fish around Lipsi island, Greece

Ellie Hawkins
(UK)

Marine Conservation Research Intern

University of Essex
Project : Investigation into the macroinvertebrate communities residing within Posidonia Oceanica seagrass wracks on Lipsi Island

Nikki Cotterill
(UK)

Marine Conservation Research Intern

Manchester Metropolitan University
Project : Plankton biodiversity in Lipsi island, Greece

Zinnia Pennington
(UK)

Marine Conservation Research Intern

Exeter University (MSC)
Project : Environmental Impact Assessment of the Archipelagos Marine Life Sanctuary

Nadya Buga
(UK)

Marine Conservation Research Intern

University of Malta, Malta

Marthe Stein
(Germany)

Marine Conservation Research Intern

University of Greifswald, BSC Biology -Germany
Project : Occurence of Alien fish species in coastal waters of Lipsi Island, Greece

Jonathan Hallmark
(Italy)

Marine Conservation Research Intern

University of Bologna
Project : Baited Remove Underwater Video vs Remote Underwater Video

Christian Quigley
(UK)

Marine Conservation Research Intern

Bournemouth University, BSC Ecology & wildlife conservation

Sebastian Ross
(UK)

Marine Conservation Research Intern

University of the West of England (UWE)
Project : Blue Carbon, oxigen productivity of Posidonia Oceanica

Media Team

Niccoló Platt
(Italy / USA)

Media Intern

Princeton University, Environnemental Policy
Project : Mediterranean coralligenous habitat policies

Lisa Bretagne
(France)

Media Intern

Sciences Po Toulouse, University of Toulouse
Project : Virtual Exhibition about the Sanctuary

GIS Team

Konstantis Alexopoulos
(Greece)

GIS Research Intern

University of Plymouth, BSc (Hons)
Project : Downscan vs Sidescan : A performance comparison between consumer sonar transducers for mapping Posidonia Oceanica beds

Billy Browning
(UK)

GIS Research Intern

University of Birmingham, BSC Geography
Project : Mapping the distribution of Posidonia Oceanica surrounding Lipsi island, Greece

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