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

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

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

Aileen Roncoroni
(Italy)

Marine Mammal Research Assistant

MSc in Marine Sciences, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Periklis Koxilas
(Greece)

Captain of Research Boat Pinelopi & Ship Manager

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

Sara Alvarez Berzosa
(Spain)

Marine Mammal Research Assistant

Degree in Biology and Master in Biodiversity conservation, Granada University, Spain

Vasilis Sarantou
(Greece)

Captain of Research Boat Naftilos

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

Lukas van Treeck
(Germany)

Marine Ecology Research Assistant

Leuphana University of Lüneburg

Ifigenia Trompouki
(Greece)

Law and Policy

LLM Public International Law, Democritus University of Thrace, Department of Law, Greece

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

Eline Julia van Aalderink
(Netherlands)

Marine Mammal Research Assistant

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

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

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

Nikita Warmerdam
(Netherlands)

Marine Ecology Intern

BSc. Environmental Science, Avans University of Applied Science, Netherlands

Ambre Dejoie
(France)

Marine Ecology Intern

BSc in Biology of Organisms and Ecology, Université Paris Saclay, France

Katerina Oikonomou
(Greece)

PA to Operations Manager

BSc Chemistry, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Margaret Spaargaren
(UK)

Marine Ecology Intern

MSc Biological Sciences, University of Birmingham, UK

Maurizio Ingrosso
(Italy)

Marine Ecology Intern

PhD candidate in Environmental Science, University of Bari, Italy

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

Dr. Jens Rassmann
(Germany)

Marine Ecology Intern

PhD in meteorology, oceanography and environmental physics, Universtité Paris-Saclay, France

Joyce Hendriksen
(Netherlands)

Marine Ecology Intern

Student in Coastal and Sea Management, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Naomi Griffiths
(UK)

Marine Ecology Intern

BSc Marine Geography, Cardiff University, UK

Lars Regnerus
(Netherlands)

Marine Ecology Intern

BSc. Coastal and Marine Management, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Science, Netherlands

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

Leon Handley
(UK)

Marine Ecology Intern

Student in Marine Geography, Cardiff University, Wales, UK

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

Anna Hollerer
(Austria)

Marine Ecology and Environmental Education Intern

Bsc. Bioresourcemanagement and Life Sciences, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna

Thalia Sotiropoulos
(Germany)

Marine Ecology Intern

Student in Biological Sciences, University of Cologne, Germany

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

Laura Hornischer
(Germany)

Environmental Education Team

BA in Business Administration, BSc in Physics & Geography, Master of Education Physics / Geography, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster, Germany

Maxime Renoux San Millán
(France)

Marine Ecology Intern

Student in Environmental Engineering, Unilasalle-EME Rennes, France

Constança Albuquerque
(Portugal)

Marine Ecology Intern

BSc Biology, University of Lisbon

Zerline Jagt
(Netherlands)

Marine Ecology Intern

Student in Global Sustainability Science, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Coral Stancliffe-Caldicott
(UK)

Marine Ecology Intern

BSc. Marine Geography, Cardiff University, UK

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

Mia Gläser
(Germany)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc. in Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology,, Avans University of Applied Science, Netherlands

Gian Luca Naccarato
(Germany)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc. in Environmental Monitoring, University of Applied Science Dresden, Germany

Alessio Vassili Hatziang
(Italy)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Natural sciences, Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy

Frédérique van der Touw
(Netherlands)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Coastal and Marine Management, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Lauren Simper
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc. Ecology and Wildlife Conservation, Bournemouth University, England, UK

Nathalie Haanen
(Netherlands)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Coastal and Marine Management, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Judith Desmet
(Belgium)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc. Environmental Sciences and Biotechnology, HOGENT, Belgium

Amelia Macapia
(USA)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc. Biology and Environmental Studies, Tufts University, USA

Kacie Larsen
(USA)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc in Environmental and Sustainability Studies, University of Utah, USA

Vanshika Anand
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Marine Geography, Cardiff 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

Pauline Gauvrit
(France)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Liberal Arts, Warwick University, Coventry, UK

Victoria Charlotte Snell
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Marine Geography, Cardiff University, Wales, UK

Elin Meek
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Irma Botelho Dalle
(Portugal)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc. in Conservation Biology, University of Évora, Portugal

Liv Meijer
(Netherlands)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Coastal and Marine Management, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Philip Fourmann
(Luxembourg)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Master of Science, University of Konstanz, Germany

Lena Lopez
(France)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

MSc. Forest and Nature Conservation, Wageningen University,Netherlands

Jessica Schneider
(Switzerland)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc. Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Maya Whitman
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc Biology, Bristol University, 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

Liam Letheren
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

MSc Sustainability & Ecology,Centre for Alternative Technology, Powys, Wales, UK

Leah Brookes
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

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

Louise Deneuter
(Netherlands)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc in Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology, Avans University of Applied Science, Netherlands

Anke Bijkerk
(Netherlands)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Coastal and Marine Management, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Elise Ann Durr
(USA)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Coastal Carolina University, Conway, USA

Julia Andersson
(Sweden)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

MSc in Environmental Science, Halmstad University, Sweden

Margaux Honnoré
(France)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Agronomic school of Agrocampus Ouest Rennes,France

Sara Pietri
(France)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Environmental Engineering, Unilasalle Rennes

Živa Lampret
(Slovenia)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

MSc. Ecology and Biodiversity, University of Ljubljana

Maria Camila León
(Colombia)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

MSc. Marine and Lacustrine Science and Management, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium

William Calow
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Marine Biology, Essex University, UK

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

Lewis Shedden
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Bsc Marine and Freshwater Conservation,University of Cumbria, UK

Emily Smith
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Marine Biology, University of Essex, England, UK

Elena Johnson-Gittins
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc in Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology, Avans University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Fleur Meijer
(Netherlands)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Coastal and Marine Management, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Katrina Johnson
(USA)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, USA

Marijn Oud
(Netherlands)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Coastal and Marine Management, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

Laura-Marie Dehne
(Germany)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc Biology - LMU Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany

Simon Kippenberg
(Germany)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc. Marine Ecosystem and Fisheries Sciences, University of Hambourg, Germany

Stephanie Story
(USA)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

BSc. Zoology and Nonprofit Studies, North Carolina State University, USA

Eleanor Rachel Whitwort
(UK)

Marine Mammal Research Intern

Student in Biology, Cardiff University, UK

Terrestrial Research Team

Florian Walther
(Germany)

Terrestrial Research Intern

BSc. student, Albert Ludwigs University of Freiburg, Germany

Maritina Chleiounaki
(Greece)

Terrestrial Research Volunteer

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

Ellie Hawkins
(UK)

Terrestrial Research Intern

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

Marvin Strehlow
(Germany)

Terrestrial Research Intern

Student in International Forest Ecosystem Management, University for Sustainable Development, Eberswalde, Germany

GIS Research Team

Konstantis Alexopoulos
(Greece)

GIS Research Intern

BSc. (Hons), University of Plymouth, UK

Kévin Raynaud
(France)

GIS Research Intern

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

Saskia Doherty
(Netherlands)

GIS Research Intern

BSc. Earth, Energy and Sustainability, Leiden University, Netherlands

Tara Sexton
(UK)

GIS Research Intern

University of Leeds

Marie Haut-Labourdette
(France)

GIS Research Intern

MSc. Paleobiology, University of Athens

Jana Bärenbold
(Switzerland)

GIS Research Intern

Veronica DeFelice
(USA)

GIS Research Intern

MSc. student, Georgetown University, USA

Emilia Kozikowska
(Poland)

GIS Research Intern

BSc. Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology, Avans University of Applied Science, Netherlands

Job de Ruiter
(Netherlands)

GIS Research Intern

BSc. Environmental Science for Sustainable Energy and Technology, Avans University of Applied Science, Netherlands

Liam P. Kennedy
(USA)

GIS Research Intern

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

Anna Schoo
(Netherlands)

GIS Research Intern

BSc. Environmental Science, Avans University of Applied Science, Netherlands

Media Team

Katharina Grisotti
(Brazil)

Media Intern

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

Patrizia Widmer
(Switzerland)

Media Intern

MSc, Enviromental Sciences with Major in Environmental Systems and Policy, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Lucie Alonzo
(France)

Media Intern

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

Magali Nigella Neiteler
(Netherlands)

Media Intern

Student in Graphic Design, Grafisch Lyceum Rotterdam, Netherlands

Natalia Ciak
(Poland)

Media Intern

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

Flavie Villaescusa
(France)

Media Intern

Bachelor in Political Science, Sciences Po Toulouse, France

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