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.
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 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 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.
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. From 2011-2013 was research assistant in the Ionian Dolphin Project of Tethys Research Institute, monitoring the local population of marine mammals while from 2013-2015 acted as the Principal Investigator in the same project. Additionally in 2015 became a member of Tethys Research Institute. In 2011 collaborated with the Institute of Marine Research in Bergen, Norway taking part in the annual Johan Hjort cruise for the stock assessment of the Norwegian Exclusive Economic Zone.
His main interests include the research on the public perception towards wildlife, the interaction between protected marine species and fisheries, the protection and conservation measures targeting sharks in national, regional and global level and the expansion of marine invasive alien species in the Mediterranean Sea.
He is participating in two Cost Action programms. In Oceans Past Platform (OPP), which aims to understand the significance and value of living marine resource extraction and production to European societies. Ioannis is directing three research projects of OPP (1. Evaluating the attitudes of common people towards sharks 2. Public perception towards cetaceans 3. Children perception of marine environment). In Cost Action MARCONS he is participating in WG3 aiming to offer methodological approaches and tools for designing networks of MPAs that are more resilient to biological invasions and to propose management actions to mitigate the impacts of invasive species on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and in WG5 that will seek to analyse how regional agreements can successfully apply international conventions for marine conservation.
In iSea he is directing the project Is it Alien to you…. Share it!!!, investigating the distribution and the occurrence of alien species in the Greek Seas and the project Sharks and Rays in Greece and Cyprus. Further, he is a social entrepreneur, participating in the creation of the uSea, a crowdsourcing application aiming to monitor the expansion of alien species by utilizing modern technologies. in this context, the uSea team has been awarded the Social Impact Award Greece 2017..
His work has been published in scientific peer-reviewed journals and is constantly participating in international and national conferences. He speaks 3 languages, Greek (native), English (C1), Spanish (B2) and few German, while since 2011 is a PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor and holds a motorboat driving license. Is proficient user of Photoshop, SPSS, Primer, FileMakerPro and has basic knowledge of R.
Born in Thessaloniki, Nikolaos holds a BSc by theMarineScienceDepartment, AegeanUniversity. He continues his studies in the Department of Biology at 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.
Born in Thessaloniki in 1989, Dimitra holds a BSc in Marine Sciences from the University of Aegean and an MSc in Fisheries Biology and Management in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki with her thesis focusing on fish stock assessment. In the context of her practice worked at the Institute of Marine Research in Nea Peramos, Greece participating regularly in surveys for stock assessment of the commercial stocks in the North Aegean. Further, in the context of Erasmus Placement she visited IEO in Vigo and worked on the reproduction of epipelagic fish of the North Atlantic. Dimitra, is directing the Aquatic Litter Sector of iSea, working on projec implementation and on research about the aquatic litter in Greece.
Her scientific interests include hydrodynamic circulation of coastal aquatic ecosystems, sources of aquatic litter and the assesement of aquatic litter in Greece. Speaks 2 languages, Greek (Native), English (C1) while is experienced user of Surfer and has a good knowledge of FORTAN programming language.
Born in Thessaloniki in 1991, Andromachi holds an Diploma in Rural & Surveying Engineering (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki) and a MSc degree in Geoinformatics & Spatial Analysis (Department of Natural Resources Development and Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural University of Athens) with her thesis focusing on wetland management. Her expertise is in Remote Sensing, Image Processing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Her research interests are focused on Earth Observation and Climate Change, Natural Resources Management, Coastal Zone Management and Marine Spatial Planning. In this context, she has attended several courses, seminars and conferences with relevant topics. She is iSea’s Human Resources Manager since October 2017. Meanwhile, she is coordinating the project “uSea”, a new application and web platform for tracking Invasive Alien Species and investigating their distribution in the Mediterranean Sea. Andromachi speaks two languages, Greek (native speaker) and English (C2). She has advanced computer skills, proficiency in several image analysis software products (ArcGIS, ERDAS Imagine, ENVI, eCognition, Geomatica) and basic programming skills.
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Born in Thessaloniki, she is a Biology student at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH). She has attended some Architecture courses at AUTH. She intends to do a Master in Environmental Biology. She speaks three languages, Greek (native), English (C2) and German (B1).
Born in Thessaloniki, Anastasia holds a BSc from the Department of Primary Education, Democritus University of Thrace. She is about to finish her MSc at interdisciplinary curriculum specialization at Environmental Education of Biology Department and the Department of Early Childhood Education. Between 2014-2015 worked as a teacher in a kindergarten during the school year. Her main scientific interests include the perception of kids towards the environmental issues and the animals while is also interested on the research on environmental education. She speaks 3 languages, Greek (native) English (C1) and French (B1).
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 on 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 usage of irrigation wells and providing secretarial support. He also worked in the field of tourism industry as an Assistant Bartender at the 4 star Hotel “Aquis Sandy Beach Resort” in Agios Georgios, Corfu. He attended Barista and Bartending seminars at Vocational Training Institute “AKMI” certified by the Hellenic Barmen Association as well as by the International Bartenders Association.
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 in 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).
He participates in the iSea program “Is it alien to you…Share it”, which aims on collecting information on the occurrence, distribution and potential expansion of alien species in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey for complementing the existing knowledge. He also participated as a trainer in the program “Only together we can do it! In nature there are no discriminations”: an 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.
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.
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.
Born in Kavala, Ioannis holds a BSc in Biology from the Department of Biology in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and continued his studies with an MSc on Fisheries Biology and Management in the same university. In the context of his practice works in the Fisheries Research Institute, Greece on field sampling and data processing for stock assessment of the North Aegean commercial stocks. His main scientific interests include fisheries dependent stock assessment methods and recreational fisheries. He speaks 3 languages, Greek (native), English (C2) and French (A2). Holds a Motor Boat License and Skipper diploma while is also a PADI certificate Advanced Open Water Diver.
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 a 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!!!
Born in Thessaloniki, he holds a BSc in Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology from Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki. During his undergraduate attendance, he participated as a student researcher in a research program of ATEI of Thessaloniki (2014-2015) for the study of the optimal practices for a sustainable and environmentally friendly mussel culture, where he conducted field measurements for hydrodynamic circulation and physicochemical parameters in a mussel farm. After completion of the research program he participated in published works; he also gave 2 oral presentations at scientific conferences. In 2015, he completed a six-month internship at the Department of Fisheries at Region of Central Macedonia, where he worked on data recording of inshore fishing vessels. In 2018, he attended a training school entitled “Introduction to Marxan with Emphasis on Connectivity” at the University of the Aegean in Mytilene, in the context of MarCons Cost Action CA 15121. This training school aimed to teach its participants how to apply the principles of systematic conservation planning (across the marine, terrestrial and freshwater realms) using Marxan software.
He speaks 2 languages, Greek (native) and English (C1). He is a proficient user of MS Office, Minitab, and he also has a basic knowledge of QGIS and Adobe Photoshop.
He participates in two iSea projects: “Sharks and Rays in Greece and Cyprus” and “Monitoring Marketed Elasmobranchs in Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area – MMET”.
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Ioannis Savva is a Cardiff University graduate in BSc Biology who always seeks to deepen his knowledge on environmental issues concerning marine coastal systems at local scales for the implementation of rigorous conservation actions through appropriate methodological approaches.During his undergraduate program, he volunteered in cetacean research in Conservación Información y Estudio sobre Cetáceos in the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain and Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit in Moray Firth, Scotland. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he worked in Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, Samos Island, where he carried out a preliminary assessment of Lipsi Island’s fish stocks (Dodecanese), as well as undertaking research on the impact of alien (lessepsian) marine flora on the seagrass Posidonia oceanica and associated fish assemblages.
As part of his master’s degree, he worked in Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory (Sweden), CCMAR (Portugal) and IMEDEA (Mallorca) on research that examined the long-term changes in soft-bottom communities in Idefjord, the ocean acidification effects on the seagrass Cymodocea nodosa, and the impacts of seawater warming on the ecophysiology of Mediterranean marine flora, respectively.
His research ambitions in Cyprus focus on the ecophysiology of marine flora with implications to global warming and biological invasions as well as on issues related to marine debris pollution mainly by micro/macro-plastic litter across the Cyprus’ coasts. Currently, he is a partner associate with Marine and Environment Research (MER) Lab and involved in a project that aims to study the current state of native and alien marine flora/fauna within two marine protected areas.
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 fieldtrip in the Maldives.