Our Crew

Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation brings together the expertise of an international multidisciplinary team. Scientists, professionals and students of various specialties perform field work year-round at sea and on land near Archipelagos’ research bases. Together we join forces combining our expertise and hard work, collaborating to decisively make a difference in protecting the region’s unique biodiversity hotspots from increasing human threats.

Core Team

Thodoris Tsimpidis (Greece)

Honorary Researcher of Marine Conservation

Anastasia Miliou (Greece)
Scientific Director

Hydrobiologist, Greek Ambassador in the EU for Sustainable Maritime Policy

Beatriz Tintoré (Spain)
Head of Marine Mammal Research

Doctoral Researcher in Marine Biology & Biological Oceanography, Brunel University London

Dr Tim Grandjean (Netherlands)
Head of Deep Sea Conservation & GIS Research

Researcher in Coastal Ecosystems, NIOZ, Netherlands

Laura Macrina (Italy)
Head of Marine Ecology Research

Doctoral Researcher, KAUST, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

Marie Cigarroa (France)
Research Assistant, Aegean Marine Life Sanctuary

MSc in Environment & Sustainable Development, Université de Montréal

Charlie Hamblin (UK)
Marine Mammal Research Assistant

MSc of Science in Animal Behaviour, University of Exeter

Stine Petersen (Norway)
Marine Mammal Research Assistant

BSc Biology and Geography, George Washington University

Tristan van Laar (The Netherlands) Terrestrial Research Assistant

BSc Biology, University of Southamption, MSc Evolutionary Biology, Universiteit Leiden

Sam Tofts (UK)
GIS Research Assistant

MSc Sustainable Development: Environmental Change and Ecosystems, Utrecht University

Vasilis Sarantou (Greece)
Captain & Head of Technical Operations

Periklis Koxilas (Greece)
Captain & Technical Operations

Jenny Wakefield (UK) Marine Ecology Research Assistant

Msci Marine Biology with Proficiency in Spanish, University of Exeter

Maurice Calton-Seal (UK) Marine Ecology Research Assistant

BSc Biology, University of Leed

Karine Vigreux (France) Marine Mammal Research Assistant

MSc in Biodiversity and Environment, University of Paris PSL

Scientific Advisors

Dr. Rupert Perkins (UK)
Senior Lecturer of Marine Bioscience, Cardiff University, UK

Senior Lecturer of Marine Bioscience, Cardiff University, UK

Dr. Tom Cameron (UK)
Lecturer of Animal Evolution, Ecology and Behaviour, University of Essex, UK

Fisheries Ecology Expert

Dr. Petros Babasikas (Greece)
Director, HBAAS, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landcape, and Design, University of Toronto

Cpt. Nikos Plakas (Greece)
Shipping Risk Management Expert

Dr. Danny Morick (Israel)
Marine veterinary medicine

Morris Kahn Marine Research Station, University of Haifa, Israel

Dr. Marta Azzolin (Italy)
Lecturer at Turin University, Italy

Marine Mammal Accoustics Expert, President of Gaia Research Institute

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. 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

Cetacean Behavior, Acclimation and Transport Consultant


Dr Guido Pietroluongo (Italy)
Marine Mammal Veterinarian

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

Maurizio Ingrosso (Italy)
Marine Mammal/ Fisheries Researcher

Doctoral Researcher, University of Bari, Italy

Hayley Mcilwraith
Microplastics Researcher

Doctoral Researcher in microplastic pollution, Plymouth Marine Laboratory & University of East Anglia

Alice Malcolm-McKay (UK)
Researcher in Deep Sea Conservation

Researcher in Deep Sea Conservation

Konstantis Alexopoulos (Greece)
GIS Research Assistant

Doctoral Researcher, Cambridge University

Anton Leach (New Zealand)
Producer/Director Clawed Hat Films

Jasmine Duthie (New Zealand)
Producer/Director Clawed Hat Films

Andrea Tome Perez (Spain)
Marine Mammal Research Assistant

MSc. Biodiversity, Conservation and Evolution, University of Valencia, Spain

Marine Mammal Research Team

Olivier Eikelenboom (The Netherlands)
Bioacoustics Research Intern

BSc Coastal and Marine Management, Van Hall Larenstein

Carlota Casas (Spain)
Bioacoustics & Behaviour Research Intern

BSc Biology, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid

Leo Ditchfield (UK) Research Intern

Bsc Marine Biology with Oceanography, Bangor University

Chelsey Hughes (UK)
Photo ID Research Intern

Bsc Marine Geography, Cardiff University

Morgane den Uyl (The Netherlands) Research Intern

BSc Life Sciences, University of Applied Sciences Leiden

Sanne Christiaans (The Netherlands)
Behaviour Research Intern

BSc Animal Management, Van Hall Larenstein University of Applied Sciences

Emma Ryan (USA)
Behaviour Research Intern

BSc Wildlife Biology, Grand Valley State University

Madison Martinuzzi (Canada)
Shark Research Intern

BSc Environmenal Biology, Lakehead University

Flavie Collin (France)
Behaviour Research Intern

Agronomy engineering, Institut Agro Dijon

Emerald Rose Lake (Canada), Behaviour Research Intern

BSc Marine Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Romy Seminaro (Canada) Behvaiour Research Intern

Msc Environment Sciences, University of Quebec in Montreal

Maya Frank (USA) Research Intern

BSc Environmental Science, San Diego State University

Michayla Mitri (USA) Research Intern

BSc Marine and Aquatic Sciences, Bowling Green State University

Emma Taetti (Italy) Research Intern

BSc Natural and Environmental Science, University of Parma

Noemi Lucciola (USA) Research Intern

Bsc Environmental Science, Suny Binghamton University

Sàra Roszik (Hungary) Skin Lesions on the Grampus Griseus Research Intern

MSc Ecology Evolutionary and Conservation Biology , Eötvös Loránd University

Maé Justicia (France) Research Intern

BSc Biology of Organisms, Populations, and Ecosystems, University of Limoges

Ophélie Vo (France ) Effects of Plastic Pollution on Marine Mammals Research Intern

BSc Environment and Industry, Polytech Nancy

Jake Mendelssohn (USA) Research Intern

BSc Environmental Science, University of Colorado in Boulder

Samuel Skudder (UK) Fish Acoustics Research Intern

MSc Applied Aquatic Biology, University of Portsmouth

Izzy Fountain (UK) Research Intern

BSc Marine Vertebrate Zoology, Bangor University

Ellie Fithian (USA) Research Intern

Integrative Biology, Harvard University

Aila Kuhn (Germany) Research Intern

BSc Biology, Albert-Ludwigs Universität Freiburg

Caroline Pauchon (France) Research Intern

Urban Planning and Environment, Polytech Tours - University of Tours

GIS & Remote Sensing Team

Anna Harrison (UK)
Aegean Sea Bathymetry Research Intern

BSc Geography, Durham University

Miguel Capulong (Phillippines) Research Intern

BSc Environmental Engineering , Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague

Yoël Bru (France) Topographic Map of Samos Research Intern

MSc Engineering, ISEN Brest

Julien Poste (France) Research Intern

MSc Engineering, Strasbourg National School of Water and Environment

Tony Poitevineau (France) Research Intern in Spatial Data

MSc Degree Networking and Systems, ESIR

Jitse Dijkstra (The Netherlands) Research Intern

BSc. Geo Media & Design, Aeres University of Applied Sciences Almere

Marine Ecology Research Team

Marije de Groot (The Netherlands) Effects of Climate Change on Ecosystems Intern

BSc Applied Biology, Aeres University of Applied Sciences

Rhyanna Mathis (USA)- Human Impact on Fish Biodiversity Research Intern

BSc Biology with Specialization in Marine and Aquatic Sciences, Bowling Green State University

Carine Eid (Lebanon) Impacts of Aquaculture on Marine Ecosystems Intern

BSc Agricultural Engineering , National Polytechnic Institute of Toulouse

Noah Rose (UK)
Coastal Ecology Intern

BSc Marine Geography, Cardiff University

Holly Pitt (UK)
Coastal Ecology Research Intern

BSc Hons Natural Sciences, University of Bath

Katelijn Dekkers (The Netherlands)
Coastal Ecology Research Intern

BSc Marine Biology, Wageningen University & Research

Christie Randall (UK) Coastal Ecology Intern

MSc Conservation and Land Management, Bangor University

Arlet Escorihuela Perez (Spain) Coastal Ecology Intern

BSc Biotechnology, Universitat Autonoma Barcelona

Orane Romanet (France) Coastal Ecology Intern

BSc Engineering, ENSAIA (Lorraine University)

Freyja Symons (UK) O², Salinity, pH, Temperature Variations Research Intern

BSc(hons) Chemistry, University of Bristol

Loïc Rimlinger (France) Research Intern

MSc General Engineering School, CESI Engineering School

Eliza Demacopoulos (USA) Measuring Obligate and Facultative Inhabitants of Sea Grass

BSc Environmental Studies , Fordham University

Island Biodiversity Research Team

Carla Esteban Silvestre (Spain)
Bird Migration Research Intern

BSc Biology, Universitat de València

Miyanda Kamwi (UK) Stone Marten Research Intern

BSc Zoology, University of Exeter

Bettina Kaczur (Hungary ) Research Intern

MSc Ecology evolutionary and conservation biology , Eötvös Loránd University

Brieuc de Cacqueray (France)
Distribution of birds among various habitats intern

MSc Biodiversity Ecology and Evolution, University of Poitiers

Guy MacFarlane (USA) Moth Diversity Research Intern

BSc Evolutionary Biology, University of Edinburgh

Alexine Delabre (France) Reptiles Distribution and Habitat Preferences Research Intern

MSc Agronomy , Institut Agro Dijon engineering school

Media & Education Team

Marin Claassen (Canada) Media & Communications

BPhil Interdisciplinary Leadership Studies, University of New Brunswick

Beatrice Noakes (UK)
Media & Communications

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

Law & Policy

Katherine Sfendel (Canada) Law and Policy Intern

BA in International Relations and Political Science , York University

Claire Pontefract (Canada) Law and Policy Intern

BA Sustainability & Political Science, University of King's College

Leyre Lopez (Spain) Law and Policy Intern

BA International Studies and Law, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid