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.
Anastasia is an educator holding a BSc from 2012 and an MSc in Environmental Education (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) (2013- 2016). She has been working in the educational field of mainstream and special education since 2013. She is currently working in iSea, responsible for the organisation and implementation of iSea’ s environmental education and raising awareness projects. She is also the director of the beach clean-ups and environmental education campaign “Prosfero” since 2018. Anastasia has conducted more than 30 school visits and 20 workshops for students of different levels and adults on behalf of iSea. She was also the author of the first field guide of environmental education in special education. Her main scientific interests concern environmental education, children’ s knowledge and perception about the marine environment and animal ethics. Anastasia will act as the project manager of MARINE ECOMED on behalf of iSea.
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Born in Athens, Greece. He graduated from the Department of Marine Sciences of the Aegean University. During his undergraduate attendance, he worked at the National Agricultural Research Foundation, at the Soil Science Institute, as part of his summer internship, working on the physicochemical analysis of soil and on irrigation waters. He completed his MSc studies, attending the postgraduate course “Hydrobiology and Aquacultures” in the School of Biology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His thesis pertained to the “Inventory And Evaluation Of The Fish Fauna In The Running Waters of Mygdonia Basin”. He presented the results of his thesis in two conferences and in a paper published in a scientific journal (Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria). After his postgraduate studies, he worked in the Municipality of Nea Propontida, in Nea Moudania as a fixed-term employee, in the Department of Quality Life, Cleanliness and Environment, handling license applications regarding the use of irrigation wells and providing secretarial support. As of 2010, he is an active member of the group “Volunteers of the Civil Protection of Panorama”, which deals with natural disasters and humanitarian crises. He is certified in Basic Life Support and ΙΝ Automated External Defibrillator. He attained musical studies in violin and piano, as well as in the theory of harmony at the conservatory “Neo Odeio” of Thessaloniki. He is a proficient user of MS Office (C2) and he has a good knowledge of ArcGis and Primer. He can speak two languages, Greek (native) and English (B2). In the past, Giorgos has participated as a trainer in the program “Only together we can do it! In nature there are no discriminations”: environmental education and awareness raising program for people with disabilities, in cooperation with the Mixed Center of Daily Care, Employment and Training “Children of Spring”, sponsored by Public Benefit Foundation John Latsis, in the framework of “Points of Support” program. Currently, he is directing for the Aquatic Litter pillar of iSea
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Born in Thessaloniki, Nikolaos holds a BSc by the Marine Science Department, Aegean University. He continues his studies in the Department of Biology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with an MSc in Aquaculture. In the past has worked in the fish hatchery Selonta at Lesvos Island, in Mediamatic Company, Netherlands, on an aquaponics project and at the Fisheries Department of Regional of Lesvos as an internship student. His research interests include innovative aquaculture and its impact on the marine environment. He speaks two languages, Greek (native) and English (C1). He is also a certified PADI Open Water Scuba Diver and an underwater photographer. Currently, Nikos is directing the Alien Species pilar of iSea, with several published scientific articles and participation in international conferences and projects.
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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.
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Roxani Naasan Aga – Spyridopoulou
Roxani, born in Thessaloniki 1996, is currently studying marine science, at the University of Aegean. She holds a license for speedboat and she’s multilingual (Greek, Arabic, English, French). She does know how to code in R programming language. 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). She conducted a two months internship at iSea (July-August 2018) her involvement was mostly on Marine Litter. 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. To conclude, Roxani hasn’t decided yet an expertise field though she inclines to marine ecology and fisheries biology. Currently, she works in the Fisheries and Aquatic Litter pillars of iSea.
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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.
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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.
Born in Thessaloniki 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 fluently 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 the Aristotle University. She also worked at the United Sociates of Balkan (USB) as an educational staff. Currently, she is working at the Aquatic Litter pillar of iSea.
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Zoi Mylona has a BSc degree in Environmental Sciences (A.U.Th.) with specialization in water management and has completed her postgraduate studies at the Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Study Program “Ecological Water Quality and Management at a River Basin Level” by the Schools of Biology, Geology and Civil Engineering (A.U.Th.). Her master dissertation thesis, titled “Assessment of the ecological status of coastal waters in Thrace using biotic indices, based on the marine angiosperm Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile”, was completed by attending the same academic institutes and was in the field of Marine Biology and Ecology. She is in the 5th year of her doctoral thesis (pending presentation) at the School of Biology, Department of Botany (A.U.Th.) on “Responses of marine angiosperms to stress induced by metallic ions and nanoparticles” and is within the field of Hydrobiology, Ecotoxicology and Ecophysiology of marine organisms and Marine Litter. Her main research interests focus on environmental protection, aquatic ecosystem restoration, ecological quality assessment and monitoring, sampling methods and in situ measurements (SCUBA diving), biotic indices, seagrasses, coastal waters’ pollution (e.g. metallic ions and nanoparticles, nutrients), water policy, freshwater pollution, land use and human pressures. She is capable of handling G.I.S. applications and statistical analyses. She is also proficient at analytical techniques with regard to seagrass tissues, among others, the determination of carbohydrates, phosphorus, nitrogen and phenolic compounds, heavy metal concentrations, photosynthetic pigments, antioxidant enzyme activity, proteins and lipid peroxidation and also techniques of cell vitality, immunofluorescence of cortical microtubules and endoplasmic reticulum, actin microfilaments, ROS generation and DNA isolation. In addition, she is adept at handling optical microscope, confocal microscope (CLSM), PAM Chlorophyll Fluorometer and graphite-furnace atonic absorption spectrometer (GFAAS). To date, she has participated in 8 conferences with a poster or oral presentations and has 6 publications in high impact scientific journals. Furthermore, she is able to communicate in three foreign languages (English C2), Spanish (C1) and French (B2). She had two-year research cooperation with the Institute of Marine Biology, the Department of Biotechnology and Aquaculture of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), as a biodiversity data manager in “LifeWatchGREECE” project. She also worked in the Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace, on the map establishment and editing. She is currently working in the Environmental Organization for the Preservation of Aquatic Ecosystems, iSea, mainly on the field of Marine Litter
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Dimitra is a marine scientist with expertise in both environmental science and policy. She holds a BSc in Physics with a major in Environmental and Atmospheric Physics from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and an MSc in Marine Systems and Policies from the University of Edinburgh (for which she received the Highly Skilled Workforce Scholarship and the George David Family Scholarship). For her MSc dissertation, she collaborated with The Nature Conservancy to create a global country by country assessment of the potential of blue carbon ecosystems (i.e. mangroves, seagrasses, and saltmarshes) in mitigating climate change. She is very passionate about the conservation and protection of the marine environment and she is highly motivated to dedicate her career towards making a positive contribution in this direction. Dimitra is especially interested in issues related to sustainability and climate change, and in the use of social-ecological system approaches to study the marine environment and to develop viable solutions to ensure its long-term sustainability. She speaks Greek, English, and French, and she has an excellent command of MS Office tools, ArcGIS, and online collaboration and organization tools. She also holds a PADI Open Water Diver certificate and has participated in underwater surveys and field work during her MSc’s field trip in the Maldives.
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Vasiliki Oikonomou was born in Thessaloniki. After she had completed her undergraduate studies at the Law School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, she attended successfully and completed the Postgraduate Programme of the Law School of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, titled “Civil, Civil Procedural and Labor Law”. Since February 2017, she is a PhD candidate in the section of Civil, Civil Procedural and Labor Law of the Law School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, specialized in Labor Law.
She is an attorney since 2015, while she has served as a legal counselor in the International Organization for Migration. Since 2017, she works as a legal counselor in the Non-Profit Organization “Solidarity now”, where she provides counseling on the immigration law, refugee law and Family Reunifications.
She has developed voluntary action, providing voluntarily legal counseling in the Non-Governmental Organization “Arsis”. She is a proficient user of the English and German language.
Today, she is the legal counselor of iSea.
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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!!!
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I was born in 1982 in Heraklion, Crete. I graduated as an Ichthyologist from the department of Aquaculture & Fisheries in Technological Educational Institution of Messologhi. I specialize in underwater photography, and my scientific interest is to research and photograph the “marine biological invaders” in the Mediterranean Sea. During my internship, I have worked in a fish pathology lab in Technological Educational Institution of Messologhi and I have done my diploma thesis on “The Effects of Aquaculture on the Environment” I have participated in the 13th Panhellenic Conference of Ichthyologists (Mytilene 2007). I am advocator against illegal fishing. I was one of the first underwater photographers who photographed in Greek seas, particularly in Karpathos island, the famous Lionfish “Pterois miles“(fish biological invader from Red Sea to Mediterranean Sea). I made a publication with other scientists in the scientific magazine of Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (H.C.M.R.) called “Mediterranean Marine Science”, with the title Range expansion of the lionfish in Karpathos Island. I have made several underwater photography presentations, and I was a member of the Photographic Team of University of Crete. I have several participations in various group photography exhibitions and in April 2017 I presented my first solo underwater photography exhibition with title “My Greece” in Basilica of St. Mark. Now the exhibition is hosted in Natural History Museum of Crete. Recently, in the international underwater photography contest held in Belgrade, (ADA Open IUPC 2017) with the participation of 25 photographers from different countries, I won the 4th place in ambient category and 5th in Macro category. I own eight diving diplomas from IANTD (Open Water diver, Advance Open Water diver, Diver First AID, Oxygen Administrator, Rescue Diver, Divemaster, Nitrox Diver, Advanced Nitrox Diver) and I’m also attending the class to get the Dive Instructor certificate. I speak two languages Greek (native) and English (C1). I have excellent knowledge of computer using and I own ECDL Core certification. I own a speedboat license.
Born in Veria in 1999 and since 2012 lives in Katerini. Graduate of the General Lyceum, started in 2017 and continues his studies in the Department of Fisheries Technology & Aquaculture, the Faculty of Agronomy Technology and Food and Nutrition of the University of Patras. As a student, he has acquired basic theoretical and laboratory knowledge in the Marine Sciences sector, such as Fisheries, Aquaculture, Chemical and Geological Oceanography. 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. It has participated in field surveys within and outside training frameworks. He holds a European First Aid Diploma from the Hellenic Red Cross, certified by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. As a student, he has attended conferences related to the Aquatic Environment and Biological Sciences and has conductive interactive courses on Large Marine Ecosystems (LME’s) from the University of Cape Town and Citizen Science Projects mode of operation from University of Dundee. Has attended Aquaculture Training Lab seminars from blueBRIDGE, Social Media from the Greek Center for Entrepreneurship Development & Innovation and he holds Fundamentals of Digital Marketing certification by Google Greek Tourism Online. He is a student member of the European Aquaculture Society. Since September 2019, he is involved in the citizen science project of iSea Is it Alien to you? Share it!!! collecting observations of alien fish species.
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.
Born in Heraklion, Crete, Thanos is currently studying for his BSc in the Department of Animal Production of Fisheries and Aquaculture at the University of Patras. During his studies, he volunteered at the Cretaquarium, as well as at environmental education and raising awareness actions of iSea in Crete and Patra. Currently, 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 Mollusca and sharks respectively. He speaks two languages Greek (native) and English (C1)
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.
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.
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.