obSERVING NATURE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The loss of biodiversity is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. Therefore, coordinated and collective actions are required to conserve Greek biodiversity, address challenges and ensure the health of ecosystems, human well-being.
obSERVING NATURE project is part of the initiative to conserve iconic Mediterranean species in Greece through the alliance of 14 environmental organizations.
The goal of the initiative is to create an alliance with a significant impact on biodiversity, immediate benefits to species conservation, and long-term survival of some of the most charismatic and ecologically important species in our country.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Objectives of the initiative:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key pillars of the obSERVING NATURE project:
1. Reduce the impact of bycatch and illegal trade of protected shark and ray species 

 

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2. Promoting and improving existing citizen science tools for monitoring biodiversity, increasing the number of citizens involved in biodiversity monitoring and the number of scientists working on citizen science data

 

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Project's Team
Ioannis Giovos

Ioannis Giovos

Born in Thessaloniki, Ioannis is a graduate of the Biology Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, with a Master’s degree in Fisheries Biology and Management from the same University. Currently, he continues his studies at the University of Patras in collaboration with the University of Padua as a Ph.D. Candidate focusing on shark and ray conservation policies.

With over a decade of experience in Mediterranean apex predators conservation and having served in major organisations such as the Tethys Research Institute, the Institute of Marine Research and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Ioannis currently coordinates several projects and initiatives related to the conservation of sharks and rays in the Mediterranean. At the same time, he is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group, he is the current President of the European Elasmobranch Association. He has more than 50 articles published in scientific journals and more than 60 communications at international and national conferences while he has been involved in the drafting of 3 Action Plans for Endangered Species and participated in the publication of 5 books. He speaks 3 foreign languages, Greek (native) English (C1), Spanish (B2) and is a PADI diving instructor. He’s the Conservation Officer of iSea. 

 

Contact Info:

Email: [email protected]

tel. +302313090696

mob: +306945880415

Roxani Naasan Aga – Spyridopoulou

Roxani Naasan Aga – Spyridopoulou

Roxani is an environmentalist, she holds a bachelor’s in Marine sciences from the University of Aegean. In 2019, she started working on projects for the “Aquatic Litter” and the “Vulnerable Species” departments. Currently, she is working as a Project Manager for projects regarding “Vulnerable Species” and “Human and Aquatic Ecosystems”.

Her main research interests are related to elasmobranch ecology and biology, fisheries biology, and marine protected areas. She holds a speedboat licence, and a diving licence and is multilingual (Greek, Arabic, English, and French). She knows 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).

Before this, she used to work with humanitarian NGOs for refugees in Greece as a cultural mediator and interpreter.

 

Contact Info:

Email: [email protected] 

tel. +302313090696

mob. +306944505224 

Martina Ciprian

Martina Ciprian

Martina was born in 1998. She graduated in Biology at the University of Padova and has a Master’s Degree in Marine Biology from the same university. She started to work on the Vulnerable Species Pillar project, more specifically in the By ElasmoCatch Project during her master’s internship. 

Her main research interests are related to elasmobranchs biology, ecology, behavior, and fishery management, as well as legislation and local ecological knowledge. During her internship and after her Master’s Degree, she also collaborated on projects run by the University of Padua. She worked within the Italian Bycatch Monitoring Project. She speaks Italian and English. She is learning how to code in R and use QGIS. She has a PADI SCUBA DIVER certification, and she is starting her training for the OPEN WATER DIVER PADI and the OPEN FREEDIVING certification.

She is currently working in iSea as Project Manager in the field base of iSea (Ambracian Gulf) inside the By ElasmoCatch Project.

 

Contact information:

Email: [email protected]

Phone: +39 3442456270

Funder
 The project is implemented in the framework of the initiative for the iconic species of Greece, funded by WWF Greece