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

Amy Borworth
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Zoology & Veterinary Med, University of Medicine, UK

Ciara Bugden
(Aus/Canada)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Bachelor degrees: International relations & Human geography, Aema mater studioum

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

Matthew Mainieri
(USA)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Animal Sciences, University of Missouri, USA

Ross Mclean
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Biological Sciences, Bournemouth University

Katerina Ankerhold
(Germany)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Journalist, M.A. Theater Studies, University of Mainz

John Rowarth
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Wildlife Conservation, University of the West of England, UK

Lucia Lopez Lopez
(Spain)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Biology Sciences, Girona University

Maise Ryan
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Biological Science, 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

Will Redding
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Wildlife Conservation, Notthingam Trent

Sophie Tatman
(UK)

Marine Mammal Researcher

Biological Science, Uo Birmingham

Sheryl Mallon
(Canada)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Biology, Guelph University

Jack Warren
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Marine Biology, University of Essex, UK

Maren Krammer
(Austria)

Marine Mammals Researcher

BSc Biology , University of Vienna

Diane Fargialla
(Lebanon)

Marine Mammal Researcher

MSc Environemtal Sciences and Management, Saint-Joseph University, Beirut Lebanon

Sarah Slaughter
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Environmental science, University of Exeter, UK

Corinne Day-Bailey
(UK)

Marine Mammals Researcher

Bioscience, Cardiff University, UK

Marine Research and Conservation Team

Valentina Di Fazio
(Italy)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Global change ecology and sustainable development goals, University of Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum

Vivienne Gao
(USA)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Marine Biology, Northeastern University, USA

Pauline de Bigault de Cazanove
(France)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Chemical Engineer at École supérieure de Chimie Organique et minérale, France

Fredirikke Ebba Haastrup-Varg
(Denmark)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Aquatic Science and Technology, Technical University of Denmark

Anona Griffiths
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Marine Geography, Cardiff University, UK

Krista Ciaccio
(USA)

Marine Conservation Researcher

BSc Biology, University of New Hampshire, USA

Geraldine Iserentat
(Belgian/Filipino)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Conservation Agronomy, Institute Ecole de la Province de Liege

Migle Jucaityte
(Lithuania)

Marine Conservation Researcher

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

Lara Moore
(UK)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Environmental Science, University of the West of England, UK

Haley Clinton
(USA)

Marine Conservation Researcher

Marine Biology, Florida Altantic University Honors College

Terrestrial Research & Conservation Team

Alexander Newal
(Canada)

Terrestrial Researcher

Natural Resources Conservation, University of British Columbia

Zak Yates
(UK)

Terrestrial Researcher

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

Marianna Farina
(Italy)

Terrestrial Researcher

Global change ecology and sustainable development goals, University of Bologna Alma Mater Studiorum

Ange-Gabrielle Holm
(USA)

Terrestrial Researcher

BSc Biology, St. Kate University

Gregoire Floretin
(Luxembourg)

Terrestrial Researcher

Media Team

Natalie van Everdink
(Dutch)

Media

Media Content Production,da Vinci College Dordrecht

Caj van der Gun
(Dutch)

Media

Audio Visual Design, Grafysh Lyceum

Melanie Wagemans
(Dutch)

Media

Audio Visual Design,Grafysh Lyceum

Jeaninede de Brujin
(Dutch)

Media

Audio- visual design, Grafish Lyceum Rotterdam

Natalia Szczepanek
(Poland)

Media

Natural and Cultural Heritage Management, University College of Northern Denmark

Dominic McConnell
(UK)

Media

Media Production, Bournemouth University

Daan Hollander
(Dutch)

Team

Multimedia Design, Cibap

Anne van der Heijden
(Dutch)

Media

Audio- visual design, Grafish Lyceum Rotterdam

GIS Team

Luciana Bertucci
(USA)

GIS

Bachelor in Engineering, University of Mississippi

Rachel Henderson
(Canada)

GIS

Environment, Earth and resources, Physical Geography,University of Manitoba, Canada

Casey Ahlborn
(USA)

GIS

BSc Geography, University of Minessota

Karolina Grudzinska
(Poland)

GIS

Master of geology and landscape spacial

Emma Carroll
(UK)

GIS

BSc Geology and Physical Geography, University of Edinburgh, UK

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