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 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.

Email: [email protected]

Georgios Romanidis-Kyriakidis

Georgios Romanidis-Kyriakidis

PARTNER

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

Email: [email protected]

Nikolaos Doumpas

Nikolaos Doumpas

PARTNER

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.

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]

Periklis Kleitou

Periklis Kleitou

MEMBER

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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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, while between 2013-2015 he acted as the Principal Investigator of the 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. To date, Ioannis is participating in two COST Action programmes. In Oceans Past Platform (OPP) and in WG3 and WG5 of MARCONS COST Action. Additionally, Ioannis is a member in ICES Working Group on the History of Fish and Fisheries and in the Task Force for Sharks and Rays of the Mediterranean Science Commission (CIESM). Last, Ioannis has compiled 2 Short-Term Scientific Mission (STSM), in the context of Oceans Past Platform COST Action and OceanGov COST Action, for studying the evolution of the public perception towards cetaceans in a global scale and for discussing the potential of dynamic MPAs for the conservation of marine apex predators. His main interests include the research on the evolution of conservation policy and the public opinion on threatened species, the conservation of elasmobranchs, the expansion of marine invasive alien species in the Mediterranean Sea and the use of social and mass media in conservation. Ioannis has published more than 20 articles in peer-review scientific journals and presented more than 20 scientific communications in international conferences. He speaks 3 languages (Greek, English and Spanish). Currently, Ioannis is directing the Fisheries pilar of iSea

Email: [email protected]

Elena Mitsou

Elena Mitsou

MEMBER

Born in Thessaloniki in 1996. She is a student at The Department of Marine Sciences (University of Aegean During the summer period of 2018, she completed her summer internship related to the iSea’s programs “Fisheries” and “Alien Species”. She speaks two languages, Greek (native) and English (B2).

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Dimitra Katsada

Dimitra Katsada

MEMBER

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.

Mary Maximiadi

Mary Maximiadi

MEMBER

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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Roxanne Naasan-Agah Spyridopoulou

Roxanne Naasan-Agah Spyridopoulou

MEMBER

Roxanne, 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, Roxanne hasn’t decided yet an expertise field though she inclines to marine ecology, ecosystem services and MSP. Currently, she works in the Aquatic Litter and Humans and the Aquatic Ecosystems pillars of iSea.

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Filippos Marakis

Filippos Marakis

MEMBER

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.

 

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