OUR TEAM

We are an experienced group of researchers and conservationists, dedicated to the protection of marine ecosystems and passionate about nature. iSea was founded on the belief that cumulative and cooperative change can have dramatic effects. The collective work of our team from marine biologists, to specialists in environmental management and educators, strives to shed light on some of the most pervasive issues affecting our oceans and propose alternatives to ensure a more sustainable future for us all. 

Our members

Anastasia Charitou

Anastasia Charitou

PARTNER

Anastasia is an educator, graduated from the Department of Primary School Education, with a master degree in Environmental Education, the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Department of Biology in collaboration with the Department of Preschool Education). She has worked in the field of mainstream and special education for 4 years.

At iSea she was coordinating projects related to Aquatic Litter, since 2018. The projects were including the implementation of coastal and underwater cleanups, the active involvement of target groups in tackling the issue of marine litter pollution and the design and implementation of awareness raising campaigns on marine pollution from plastics and microplastics in the Greek seas.

She is now coordinating the “Human and Aquatic Ecosystem” department of iSea, designing and implementing educational activities and projects aimed at the active involvement of the public in environmental protection with the aim to redefine our relation with the environment. She coordinated the publication of the environmental education guide for the disabled and is responsible for projects related to the promotion of active participation and the education of citizens for the sustainable management of the environment and the implementation of proper measures aiming at sustainable development.

Her main research interests are related to issues of environmental education and ethics, as well as environmental knowledge and perceptions of citizens on different environmental topics.

Email: [email protected] 

Periklis Kleitou

Periklis Kleitou

PARTNER

Periklis Kleitou holds a BSc in Environmental Biology and Education (University of Brighton, UK) (2011-2014) and a MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture (University of St Andrews, UK) (2014-2017). During his first degree (2011-2014), he was also working part-time in Marine and Environmental Research (MER) Lab Ltd (Cyprus), while since 2014; he started working full-time and concurrently attended a distance-learning MSc. He has been involved and participated in several research programmes/projects related to the marine ecosystem, collection and analysis of fishery and biological data, monitoring of non-indigenous species, evaluation of anthropogenic impacts, environmental monitoring, habitat mapping and baseline surveys, sustainable aquaculture development as well as actions related to the dissemination and increase of the public environmental awareness. He holds good relationships with stakeholders, such as fishermen, aquaculture farmers, local and public bodies. He is a certified diver (FDI Free Diver, PADI Advanced Diver, PADI Deep Dive), boat captain, and first-aid agent while during his compulsory military service in Cyprus (2009-2011), he graduated as top from the 70th school of Navy Seals.

Email: [email protected]

Nikolaos Doumpas

Nikolaos Doumpas

PARTNER

Born in Thessaloniki, he is a graduate of the Department of Marine Sciences of the University of Aegean. He continues his studies in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the Department of Biology, with postgraduate studies in aquacultures. He previously worked for Mediamatic in the Netherlands, in an aquaponics development project, a technique of simultaneously cultivation of fish and plants. In addition, he has worked in the Fisheries Department of the Regional Unit of Lesvos in the context of his internship. His research interests concern recreational fishing and its viability in Greece, an interest that has led in the creation of the first Greek recreational fishing guide, based on the newest published scientific information, in collaboration with the University of Patras and an experienced recreational fisher. At the same time he is interested in sustainable seafood consumption with aspects such as the promotion of the consumption of edible alien species. He speaks two languages, Greek (native) and English (C1). He has a PADI open water diving license and driving license. Nikos is today the director of the Aquatic Litter pillar in iSea, with a significant number of scientific publications and participation in international conferences and research projects. In his everyday life and in his working environment, Nikos is trying for a #zeroplastic and a #zerowaste lifestyle.

Email: [email protected]

Vangelis Paravas

Vangelis Paravas

PARTNER

Born in Athens, he graduated from the faculty of Biology at the University of Crete. For more than 15 years he has dedicated his professional life to the protection of rare and endangered marine mammals and the management of marine and terrestrial habitat of Greece. As a biologist, he has worked with environmental organizations, research institutions and universities and public institutions. From 2008-2015 was the head of the Department of Protection and Policy of MOm / NGO for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal. He designed and implemented actions for species protection programs and management of the marine and coastal environment among the Greek coastline, as well as in the Mediterranean, Atlantic and Pacific ocean. Today he works for the protection of the Greek seas, the design and operation of Marine Protected Areas and the promotion and implementation of sustainable and environmentally friendly fisheries management practices. He was President of MOm, member of the Board of Management Bodies of the National Marine Park of Alonnisos and the Northern Sporades, and the Protected Area of Northern Karpathos and Saria, and Greek Zoological Society and member of Nature 2000. He has published and presented his work in numerous scientific journals and relevant conferences in the international and local level. He is also a professional photographer with many individual and collective exhibitions to his credit, while most of his photos have been published in press, magazines, photo albums and books. He speaks four languages, Greek, English, German and Spanish.

Email: [email protected]

Roxani Naasan Aga – Spyridopoulou

Roxani Naasan Aga – Spyridopoulou

PARTNER

Roxani is an environmentalist, she is studying Marine sciences in University of Aegean. In iSea she did an internship (July-August 2018) on Aquatic Litter and in 2019 she started working οn projects of the “Aquatic Litter” and the “Vulnerable Species” departments. Currently, she is coordinating the “Vulnerable Species” department of iSea, designing and implementing research, management and conservation projects on vulnerable marine species and habitats.

Her main research interests are related to elasmobranch ecology and biology and fisheries biology. She holds a license for speedboat and she’s multilingual (Greek, Arabic, English, French). She does know how to code in R. She is a qualified user of ArcGIS and SNAP(ESA). Furthermore, she knows how to use software for ecological data (Vissim, Populus, Primer, Presence, Distance).

Prior to this, she used to work with humanitarian NGOs for refugees in Greece where she participated (as a co-facilitator), in environmental awareness workshops while employed at Save the Children and Solidarity now.

Email: [email protected] 

 

Ioannis Giovos

Ioannis Giovos

PARTNER

Born in Thessaloniki, Ioannis holds a BSc in Biology from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and an MSc in Fisheries Biology and Management from the same university. Between 2011-2013 he was working as a research assistant in the Ionian Dolphin Project of Tethys Research Institute, monitoring the local population of marine mammals in the Ionian Sea, while between 2013-2015 he acted as the Principal Investigator of the same project. In 2011, Ioannis participated in the annual Johan Hjort cruise for the stock assessment of the Norwegian Exclusive Economic Zone in collaboration with the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen. In 2018, he worked for 5 months, in the Joint Research Center of the European Commission, on science communication and community building of the European Alien Species Information Network. Since 2016 Ioannis is the Fisheries Director of the Environmental Organisation iSea.

His main interests include the elasmobranch conservation, historical ecology, and conservation policy and he has been working extensively with the fishing and diving community in several Mediterranean countries. To date, Ioannis has coordinated several projects related to elasmobranch conservation, he is the delegate of Greece in the European Elasmobranch Association, member of the Task Force for Sharks and Rays of the Mediterranean Science Commission (CIESM) and member in ICES Working Group on the History of Fish and Fisheries. He has participated in several COST Action Programmes compiling 3 Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM) while he further participated in the Mediterranean Angel Sharks: Regional Action Plan and he is currently coordinating the Sub-regional Action Plan for the conservation of Angel Sharks in GSA 20, 22 and 23.

Ioannis has published more than 30 articles in peer-review scientific journals and presented more than 40 scientific communications in international conferences. He speaks 3 languages (Greek, English and Spanish) and he is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor.

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Email: [email protected]

Vasilis Minasidis

Vasilis Minasidis

MEMBER

Vasilis is an alumnus (B.Sc.) of the Dpt. of Fisheries Technology and Aquaculture of the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Western Greece (2021). He is attending the Postgraduate Program (MSc, 3 semesters) of the Department of Animal Production, Fisheries and Aquaculture of the University of Patras, Greece (field of Sustainable Fisheries). As an undergraduate student, he has acquired theoretical and laboratory knowledge in the Marine Sciences sector, such as Fisheries Biology and Management, Aquaculture and Biological Oceanography. His research interests focus on the scientific research of biology, ecology and fishery management of Elasmobranchs and Invasive species in Greece, through the recording and evaluation of fishery and biological data, as well as his participation in field fisheries surveys and aquatic ecosystems’ conservation activities. At the end of his 1st BSc year, he worked as an unskilled staff of the fish farm company SELONDA S.A. for two months. In October 2021, he completed his six-month Internship at the iSea Environmental Organization, involvement mostly on Elasmobranchs and Invasive species monitoring in the Hellenic Seas. He holds a European First Aid Diploma from the Hellenic Red Cross, certified by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. He has conductive interactive courses on Large Marine Ecosystems (LME’s) from the University of Cape Town and «Citizen Science Projects » mode of operation, from the University of Dundee. He is a student member of the European Aquaculture Society.

E-mail: [email protected] 

Georgia Nikolaidou

Georgia Nikolaidou

MEMBER

Georgia was born in Thessaloniki in 1996. She is a graduate of the Department of Accounting and Finance of the University of Macedonia. She speaks two languages, Greek (native) and English (C2). Georgia is an experienced user of the SPSS program and other accounting softwares. During her studies, she was a member of the environmental team of the University of Macedonia. She holds a sailing license and in the past has worked in the field of maritime tourism. Currently, Georgia is the Accounting Officer or iSea.

E-mail: [email protected]

Ioanna Tzioga

Ioanna Tzioga

MEMBER

Ioanna was born in Thessaloniki in 1995, she studied at the University of Thessaly, at the Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment in Volos. Her Bachelor Thesis, focused in the variation of phytochromes and phycocyanin in the port of Volos. She completed her internship at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, at the Department of Biology, by being mainly involved in data collection.

In 2019 she conducted her MSc at the International University of Greece in Thessaloniki, at the Department of Food Science and Technology. Her Diploma Thesis is related to microplastics in the sediment on the sandy shores of Thessaloniki’s Gulf. She has attended various seminars about the Aquatic Environment and about Digital Marketing. Moreover, she has obtained Information Technology (IT) and First Aid Certifications. Currently, she works at iSea, in the field of Aquatic Litter.

E-mail: [email protected]

Giorgos Rallis

Giorgos Rallis

MEMBER

Giorgos was born in Athens 1996. He is a Biology graduate of the University of Crete with specialization on Environmental Biology and Biological Resources Management. There he started collaborating with the Natural History Museum of Crete. He is also a graduate of the First Aid and Rescue School of the Hellenic Red Cross. He has worked for ARCHELON the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece as a Public Awareness Leader, a Project assistant for Zakynthos project and a Monitoring Leader for Zakynthos project. He has also worked for ANIMA Hellenic Wildlife Care Association as a wildlife caretaker. George hasn’t settled on a field of expertise yet. He speaks 3 languages, Greek, English (C2), German (B2) and has knowledge on using R programming language and SPSS software. Currently, Giorgos works in the Vulnerable Species Pillar of iSea.

E-mail: [email protected]

Raphael Gkikas

Raphael Gkikas

MEMBER

Born in Patras in 1994, Raphael is a graduate of the Department of Biology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and a postgraduate student of the department at the Postgraduate Program in Biodiversity and Biological Resources Management, with a specialization in Conservation Ecology and Biology. He speaks two languages, Greek and English (C2) and has basic programming knowledge in statistical computing software (R) and geographic information systems (GIS). He deals, from an undergraduate level, with the global distribution and migration of sea turtles. In iSea he interned for his master’s degree in September 2021 in the pillar of Citizen Science and now works in the programs of the pillar of Vulnerable Species.

E-mail: [email protected]

Nikoletta Sidiropoulou

Nikoletta Sidiropoulou

MEMBER

Nikoletta was born in Veria and is a graduate of Marine Biology with Oceanography from Southampton University. She has participated and implemented actions of European projects, National plans and financial institutions. She has worked as a Project Manager in ARCHELON, the Sea Turtle Protection Society of Greece organizing and coordinating all actions of public awareness and protection of sea turtles and their habitats in Zakynthos island and Amvrakikos Gulf. She has an SSI advanced Open Water Diver diploma and speaks three languages, Greek (native), English (C2) and Dutch (B1).  

Email: [email protected]

 

Katerina Katsaouni

Katerina Katsaouni

MEMBER

Katerina was born in Thessaloniki in 1998 and graduated from the Department of Environment of the University of the Aegean. She is a certified environmental educator. She speaks three languages, Greek (native), English (C2), German (B1), and can also communicate in Greek Sign Language. During her studies, she focused on Environmental Education & Green Entrepreneurship. She is also the co-founder of ECOCup, a green loyalty system that aims to reduce single-use coffee cups. Katerina is working on the communication sector of iSea.

Email: [email protected]

Labrini Adamopoulou

Labrini Adamopoulou

MEMBER

Labrini was born in Thessaloniki in 1992. She is a graduate of the Environmental Technologists faculty of the Ionian University, and she interned in Lille in collaboration with Laboratoire d’Océanologie et de Géosciences (LOG) and the University of Lille-Faculty of Science and Technology. She has completed her postgraduate studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki on the program «Environmental Protection and Sustainable Development». She speaks three languages, Greek (native), English (B2) and French (B2). Also, she loves programming, during this time she is learning Python. Furthermore, she has received a CPR certification.

Email: [email protected]

Mary Maximiadi

Mary Maximiadi

VOLUNTEER

Born in Athens in 1994. She graduated from the Department of Biology, University of Patras. During her BSc Thesis, she studied the foraging behavior of the Pelecanus crispus in the Prespa lakes. She will continue her Education with an MSc at the University of Stockholm in the field of Ethology. She speaks two languages, Greek (native) and English (C1), while she is an ANDI certificate Open Water Diver. Mary currently participates in the Citizen Science programs of iSea Sharks and Rays in Greece and Cyprus and Is it Alien to you…. Share it!!!

Efi Kampioti

Efi Kampioti

VOLUNTEER

Born in Athens in 1999 and grew up in Chalkida. Efi is an undergraduate student, of the Audio Visual Arts Department, at Ionian University. She is currently studying art, graphic design, and animation while having skills in video montage too. She is interested in volunteer work and had volunteered at the environmental campaign of the Canadian photographer and activist Benjamin Von Wong, “Every 60 Seconds, This Much Plastic Enters The Ocean”. Raising awareness of the catastrophic results plastic pollution has in the marine environment.
Efi speaks two languages, Greek and English.

Dimitris Pafras

Dimitris Pafras

VOLUNTEER

He was born in 1999 in Athens. He grew up in Amarynthos, which is a coastal town of Evia. During his childhood he was engaged in exploring the seabed, where his love and passion for the sea was born. He later took the first underwater camera and began photographing and observing marine life. In 2017 he transferred to the School of Agriculture, Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment of the University of Thessaly. In the same year he started engaging in scuba diving where he now holds the title of Master Scuba Diver. In 2019 he obtained the first degree in free diving freediver Padi (level 1). During this period he has started the research of the Undergraduate Diploma Thesis for the degree of Agriculture, Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment of the University of Thessaly. The department degree is recognized as a postgraduate degree (INTEGRATED MASTER). As a student he has acquired laboratory knowledge, skills, and experience in field sampling (mainly benthic organisms). He is a first aid instructor and holds the following titles: Emergency First Response Instructor, EFR Airborne Pathogens Awarenss Instructor and EFR Instructor Manual Handling. He has attended numerous international conferences – seminars on topics such as ichthyology, sustainability, legislation, technology, economy, fishing, diving (autonomous and free) and product processing. He speaks two languages, Greek and English. He is a certified diver of Project AWARE and Dive Against Debris. He has also participated in underwater cleanups. His writing work “The world of the sea”. He is participating in two citizen science projects of iSea; Is it Alien to you? Share it!!! and Sharks and Rays in Greece and Cyprus collecting data for alien fish and rays respectively.

E-mail: [email protected]

Athina Ziou

Athina Ziou

VOLUNTEER

She was born in Athens and she is a graduate of the Department of Fisheries-Aquaculture Technology of the University of Patras. In her thesis, she participated in the activities of the Laboratory of Aquaculture for the development of Tilapia’s juveniles. She did her internship at the Laboratory of Applied Aquatic Systems Ecology, with the object of studying the coastal small-scale professional fishing of Albania. Also, she participated in the sampling of fish populations in Lake Trichonida and in the search and categorization of historical fishing data. She has attended the international Hydromedit conferences that have taken place in Volos and Messolonghi. She has participated in voluntary underwater cleaning of the “PROSFERO” program of iSea. Finally, she participates in the “Alliance for Survival II” program. She speaks 3 languages ​​Greek, Albanian and English.

Alexandra Douligeri

Alexandra Douligeri

VOLUNTEER

She was born in Patras in 1998 and since 2017 she has been studying at the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology at the University of Patras. As a student, she has acquired both laboratory knowledge and skills, as well as experience in field sampling inside and outside the educational context. As part of her thesis, she dealt with the dynamics of the sand smelt population in Lake Trichonida. She also has a European First Aid Diploma from the Greek Red Cross, certified by Lloyd’sRegister Quality Assurance. She has attended the Hydromedit2018 conference, which took place in Volos. As a student, she has attended Aquaculture TrainingLab seminars by blueBRIDGE. She speaks two languages, Greek and English at B2 level (TOEIC degree). Finally, she has participated in voluntary underwater cleaning with the iSea program “PROSFERO”.

Manolis Symigdalas

Manolis Symigdalas

VOLUNTEER

Manolis is a graduate of the Department of Biology from the University of Portsmouth in the United  Kingdom (2013-2016). He completed his postgraduate studies (M.Sc.) in Marine Sciences at Heriot-Watt  University in Edinburgh (2016-2017) and specializes in coral reef ecology in various parts of the world such  as the Indo-Pacific and Pacific Oceans. Through the research trips in which he participated, he gained  experience in underwater data collection and data collection survey management. His research interests  focus more on reef ecology and the management and development of marine protected areas and marine  parks. His past research focused on recording the biodiversity and population size of marine organisms  and comparing protected and non-protected areas. In 2021 he completed a certificate in maritime environmental management from Lloyd’s Maritime Academy while also developing a conceptual project  for the automation of data collection from reefs which was presented at the International Coral Reef  Symposium 2021. 

He is a certified professional and scientific diver as well as a professional member of the Marine Biological  Association in the United Kingdom. He has also been certified as a Reefcheck Ecodiver by Reefcheck  Worldwide. His other interests are underwater photography and water sports. He speaks 2 languages,  Greek (native) and English (C2).

Alexandros Kaminas

Alexandros Kaminas

VOLUNTEER

Born in Athens 1999. Alexander is currently studying for his Bachelor’s degree in Marine science at the University of the Aegean. His academic interests include marine biology and ecology, Taxonomy of tropical and Mediterranean fish as well as sample and data analysis techniques in a laboratory and Computer environment. He holds basic skills in data management software like ARCGis, SNAP(remote sensing), R(language) and SPSS. Furthermore, he is also competent in the use of modeling software such as ViSsim and Mathematica. Alexander is proficient in three languages: Greek (mother tongue), English and French as well as having a basic understanding of written German. As a student, he took part in the student conference of science and technology ACSTAC and the annual math and logical thinking competition (semifinals) at the Anatolia college. As a college student, Alexander participated in iSea’s citizen science project 2018 as well as the “Drone Mapping and Satellite Testing for Marine Plastic on the Aegean Sea” project, which was carried out by the University of the Aegean’s Remote sensing group. He holds a Diver’s certificate (CMAS First star) and he is a member of the student diving club “Triton”. He is participating in two citizen science projects of iSea; Is it Alien to you? Share it!!! and Sharks and Rays in Greece and Cyprus collecting data for alien fish and rays respectively.

E-mail:[email protected]@marine.aegean.gr

Athina Papadopoulou

Athina Papadopoulou

VOLUNTEER

Born in Singapore in 1993. She graduated from the Department of Marine Sciences of the University of the Aegean. She continues her studies in the Department of Biology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with an MSc in Biotechnology – Molecular and Microbiological Analysis of Products. During her undergraduate attendance, she conducted her placement, at the Palaeoceanology Unit, at the Natural sciences and Education and Research Centre of the University of Szczecin, where she did her research on diatoms. She speaks fluent Greek, English, and Polish and she is a user of ArcGis, Rstudio, and SPSS. She is interested in Marine Biology and she is a lab member of the Zoology Department of Aristotle University. She also worked at the United Sociates of Balkan (USB) as an educational staff. 

 

Kostas Bantis

Kostas Bantis

VOLUNTEER

He lives in Athens and he is a graduate of the University of Crete Materials Science and Technology Department, with expertise in metal-organic polymers. Recently he received a Master’s Degree from the Department of Industrial Management and Technology of the University of Piraeus titled «Energy and Environmental Management»

He is an executive of the Management-Evaluation Division of Programs and Development Projects.

Has a good knowledge of national and European environmental and energy legislation and
development programs co-financed by the European Commission and a short working experience in designing and providing project consulting services in:

  • Designing, managing, controlling and evaluating co-financed projects by the EU.
  • Management systems (quality, environment, etc.)
  • Supporting businesses to be eligible for funded programs
  • Services and studies of environmental and energy case studies.
He is fluent in English and German.
Georgios Kerametsidis

Georgios Kerametsidis

VOLUNTEER

Born in Ioannina and raised in Thessaloniki, Georgios holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Patras (2017), Greece in addition to a master’s diploma in Ecology and Conservation from Uppsala University, Sweden (2020). For his master thesis, he collaborated with the NGO “Marine Mammal Research Association” and studied the interactions between Small-Scale Fisheries and marine mammals in the South Adriatic and the Levantine Seas employing an innovative technique. Though the Erasmus+ Program for traineeships, he carried out a research project in Húsavík, Iceland (UniversityofIceland’sResearchCenterof Húsavík) on cetacean monitoring and in Palma de Mallorca, Spain (Centro Oceanográfico de Baleares) on spatial modeling of three important stocks of the Mediterranean Sea.

He speaks Greek (native), English (proficient), French and Swedish and has professional experience in R, ArcGIS and MS office. Additionally, he holds a PADI Open Water Diving Certificate.