It is announced that the call for registrations to ERACOM MSc program will open at 20 February 2016



Instructors

The ERACOM master program is cross-disciplinary and prepares students for diverse and exciting positions in both the public and private sectors supporting the regional and national economy. This master program aims to bring together people of different backgrounds who share their experience, knowledge, and ideas in a small-scale, creative and fertile intellectual environment, with the goal of finding ways of using natural resources in a sustainable way. Thus, instructors from several institutions of Greece, Europe and USA invited to participate to master program.  

  

Konstantinos Albanakis, Associate Professor (Course, ERACOM A1, B3)

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He is Associate Professor in the School of Geology, Faculty of Science, A.U.Th . His scientific and educational work includes applied oceanography, deltaic systems, wetlands, coastal zone management, management of rivers, management of surface waters, management and development of landscape, coastal and inland waters. He has published 60 research papers in local and international journals, he has participated in 35 local and international conferences, he has presented 11 posters and extended abstracts in local and International conferences. Also he has contributed to 19 research programs of the Research Committee of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and 3 of them as Chief Scientific Responsible. Professor K. Albanakis has been supervisor of 6 Master Thesis, examiner in 14 Master Thesis, supervisor of 5 PhD Theses and examiner in 8 PhD Theses.

Thomas Alexandridis, Lecturer (Course, ERACOM B3)

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Thomas Alexandridis is a Lecturer in the Laboratory of Remote Sensing and GISSchool of Agriculture, A.U.Th. His specialization in the field of Applied Remote Sensing started with a Masters Degree in Cranfield University (United Kingdom) in 1996 and continued with a PhD from the School of Agriculture (A.U.Th.) in 2003, in close collaboration with the International Water Management Institute (Sri Lanka and Pakistan). His research interests are environmental, agricultural and water resources monitoring and modelling using Earth observation, and multiple scale issues in remote sensing and GIS. He has authored 15 journal and 38 conference papers, and has participated in more than 20 research projects funded by the EU, European Space Agency, and various national sources. He has supervised and co-supervised several undergraduate and postgraduate theses.
 

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Theodore J. Abatzopoulos, Professor (Course, ERACOM B4)

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Theodore J. Abatzopoulos is Professor in Department of Genetics, Development and Molecular Biology School of Biology, Faculty of Science, A.U.Th. His research interests include the study of the biology and evolutionary genetics of aquatic organisms focusing on temporary brackish/hypersaline ecosystems and their biodiversity. At undergraduate level, Professor T. Abatzopoulos is teaching Evolution and Introduction to Population Genetics, Aquaculture and Economy and legal aspects in biotechnology. At Postgraduate level he is teaching Applied Genetics and Biotechnology (MSc course, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Ichthyology - Ichthyopathology (MSc course, School of Veterinary, University of Thessaly) and Hydrobiology and Aquaculture (MSc course, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki).

 

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Efthimia Antonopoulou, Assistant Professor (Course, ERACOM B2, B4)

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Efthimia Antonopoulou is Assistant Professor in Department of Zoology, Laboratory of Animal Physiology, School of Biology, Faculty of Science, A.U.Th. She teaches under-graduate and graduate courses on Animal Physiology, Comparative and Environmental Physiology, Ichthyology-Fish Biology and Aquaculture. She has research interests on fish physiology with emphasis on neuroendocrinology and especially on reproductive biology physiology (i.e., spawning, trade offs, fecundity, hormonal control of puberty, regulation of production/secretion of gonadotropic hormones, gonadal physiology, gametogenesis, aromatization, and steroid receptors), nutrition and feeding in farmed fishes, especially on lipid metabolism (i.e., fish meal and fish oil replacement, feeding frequency, the transcriptional control of lipid metabolism in farmed fish species), molecular endocrinology (molecular characterization and control of gene expression of VLDL/vitellogenin receptor gene and peroxisome proliferator activated receptors - PPAR) and on ecophysiology especially on aquatic toxicology (i.e., effects of xenobiotic substances and heavy metals on the isolated fish heart, endocrine disruptors).

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Iakovos Ganoulis, Professor (Course, ERACOM A6)

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Iakovos Ganoulis is a Professor of Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and the Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair and Network INWEB (International Network of Water/Environment Centres for the Balkans)on sustainable management of water and conflict resolution www.inweb.gr. He holds a PhD (Doctorat dÉtat) from the University of Toulouse (France) and has been a Visiting Professor at the Universities of Erlangen (Germany), McGill (Canada), Melbourne (Australia), and Paris VI (France). He has more than 25 years experience in Greece, Europe and overseas on water resources management, environmental impact assessment and engineering risk analysis. He cooperates closely with UNESCO and has initiated several UNESCO projects in the Balkans, such as ISARM-Balkans and PCCP-Balkans. His research interests include risk-based water quality and flood management, multicriteria decision making and fuzzy logic modeling. He has published more than 200 papers in scientific journals and conference proceedings, is the editor of 10 books including Transboundary Water Resources Management: Institutional and Engineering Approaches (SPRINGER,1996), Transboundary Water Resources Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach (WILEY-VCH, 2011) and is the author of the books Engineering Risk Analysis of Water Pollution (WILEY-VCH, 1994) and Risk Analysis of Water Pollution (WILEY-VCH, 2009).  

 

 

Theodore Karacostas, Professor (Course, ERACOM B5)

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Thedore Karacostas is Professor of Dynamic Meteorology, Weather Modification and Climatic Change and he is the Director of the Department of Meteorology and Climatology, A.U.Th. He has more than 35 years of consistent research and teaching activities, as well as administrative skills. His main research activities include: synoptic and dynamic meteorology, extreme weather events, weather modification and climatic change. He has served as a consultant/member in several Ministries (Greece, Italy and Canada), International Organizations (WMO, ECMWF, IAMAS, IAPSO, IDNDR) and scientific committees (IPCC, WMO, UNEP) on extreme weather events, weather modification and climatic change. Professor Karacostas has designed the Greek National Hail Suppression Program [1983-84] and served as a Scientific Coordinator of it [1984-88]. He has also served as (i) member/consultant of the Scientific and Advisory International Committeefor Rain Enhancement Projectin SouthItaly [1991-1999], Ministry of Agriculture, Italy and (ii) external Advisor-Reviewer on Weather Modification for the Ministry of Development, Alberta, Canada [1996-98]. He was a member of the WMO 14-member expertise committee for weather modification activities, and particularly for hail suppression research and development: reports 1995 South Africa and 2003 NalchikRussia. He was the national representative on the 29th IPCC meeting (2008) in Switzerland.

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Yannis Krestenitis, Professor (Course, ERACOM A1, B1)

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Yannis N. Krestenitis is professor of Coastal Engineering and Oceanography at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Civil Engineering, Department of Hydraulics and Environmental Engineering, Laboratory of Maritime Engineering and Maritime Works. He has more than 28 years of professional and research experience on monitoring and modelling the coastal environment (circulation, sediment and pollutants transport, and wave propagation), operational oceanography, design of coastal structures and sewage outfalls, satellite oceanography and coastal zone management. He has participated in several European projects among which in 13 as the scientific responsible.
 
 

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Lida Kyrgidou, Dr., (Course, ERACOM A6)

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Dr. Lida P. Kyrgidou holds a PhD in the area of strategic management and entrepreneurship awarded from Athens University of Economics and Business and has taught courses in strategic management, entrepreneurship and innovation and management of organizations in several business schools. She has also gained an MBA from University of New York, USA (Zicklin School of Business), for which she earned a full scholarship, while she holds her first degree in the area of economics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She has expertise in the area of entrepreneurship having provided consultancy and workshops to several start-ups and has worked in several management positions in the industry. Her research interests focus on the area of strategic management, entrepreneurship, social and sustainable entrepreneurship and family firm succession. Some of her papers are published in Journals such as British Journal of Management, International Journal of Entrepreneurship Behaviour and Research, Journal of Small Business and Enterprise Development, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, General Management: An International Journal, Journal of Air Transport Studies.

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Dionysis Latinopoulos, Lecturer (Course, ERACOM A3)

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Dionysis Latinopoulos is Lecturer of Rural Sustainable Development and Natural Resources Management at the Department of Spatial Planning and Development, School of Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. His research interests include economics of water resources (economic valuation, efficient allocation, water pricing), non-market valuation of environmental resources, natural resource management, multi-criteria analysis for environmental decision-making and rural sustainable development. His teaching includes graduate courses in environmental and natural resource economics and undergraduate courses in environmental spatial planning, natural resources management, sustainable development economics, sustainable tourism and environmental management.
 

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Antoniadou Chryssanthi, Researcher (ERACOM, Course A4)

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Dr. Chryssanthi Antoniadouis a post-doctorate degree member staff of the Biological Department of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, formerly external researcher collaborator, with a 12 year experience in the biology of benthic macroinvertevrates. Her scientific interests focuses on marine benthic ecology, with emphasis on biodiversity –dynamics, trends, protection, synergies with climate change-, marine ecosystem engineering –symbiotic relationships in marine invertebrates-, structure and distribution of benthic communities -specific marine habitats, such as corraligenous-, human impact on marine environment –biomonitoring, coastal management, ecosystem restoration, ecological quality assessment- and sustainable exploitation of marine invertebrate resources. She has contributed to 18 research projects (national responsible for Greece to the CIESM Tropical Signals project) and has published 39 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and 4 chapters in peer reviewed scientific books. She is a member of the Hellenic Network on Aquatic Invasive Species and the Hellenic Biodiversity Network. She has also collaborated to the LargeNet project of the marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (MarBef) Network of Excellence and the European Ocean Biogeographic System (EuroBis). 
 

 

Antonios Matzaris, Associate Professor (Course, ERACOM B5)

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Antonios Mazaris holds a PhD in ecological modeling. His research interest lies in the field of Ecology and Conservation Biology. More specifically, he is interested in analyzing the spatial pattern of ecological systems and the environmental drivers of those patterns, with a focus on how scale affects the observed patterns and associations. For this research agenda he mainly relies on the construction and analysis of ecological models, as well as on the statistical analysis of real life ecological patterns. He is also experienced with the application of network analysis on ecological interactions. Since 204 he has published 32 articles in scientific peer reviewed journals and more than 10 chapters in Book and Conference proceedings. He has participated in several National and international conferences with more than 80 oral and poster presentations. Since 2009 he serves as scientific expert at the Management Body of Prespes Lakes Natura site, elected by the Greek Ministry of Environmental, Energy and Climate Change and since 2010 he serves as a Management Board of the Hellenic Ecological Society.

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Basile Michaelidis, Professor (Course, ERACOM A5)

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Basile Michaelidis is Professor in Department of Zoology, Laboratory of Animal Physiology, School of Biology, Faculty of Science, A.U.Th. His research is focused on the ecophysiology of marine organisms including the farmed mussels and fish. In particular he studies the biochemical and physiological responses of animals to changes of environmental factors. Especially in the context of climate changes and global warming the studies are focused on the response of marine bivalves and fish to thermal stress and to ocean acidification. The goal of his research is to illustrate the physiological and biochemical changes taking place in marine animals as a response to increase of ambient temperature and CO2. Thus laboratory and field studies are carrying out in order to illustrate how marine organisms respond to environmental changes. He teaches under-graduate and graduate courses on Animal Physiology and Comparative and Environmental Physiology.

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Eugenia Petridou, Professor (Course, ERACOM A6)

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PictureEugenia Petridou is Professor of Management, at the Department of Economics, of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece. She has taught at graduate and post graduate level courses on Management, Human Resource Management, Organizational Behaviour, Entrepreneurship and Educational Management,and she has participated as trainer in numerous training programs for executives in private and public sector. Her recent research focuses on Entrepreneurship, Empowerment and Management and Organizational Learning, Training and Development. She has published several articles in International Journals including International Journal of Human Resource Management,Journal of Enterprising Culture, International Journal of Quality and Reliability Management,Journal of European Industrial Training, Technology Analysis and Strategic Management, Managing Service Quality Journal, International Journal of Public Sector Management,Human Resource Development International, International Journal of Training and Development, Gender in Management: An International Journal, International Journal of Educational Management,chapters in books of Rutledge, and Physica Verlag editionsand one book in Management in Greek.

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Konstantinos Stergiou, Professor (Course, ERACOM A2)

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13 Konstantinos StergiouProfessor Konstantinos Stergiou holds degrees in biology from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki 'AUTh' (BSc, PhD), and in oceanography from McGill University, Canada.  Since 2006 professor at the School of Biology, AUTh, he teaches courses on Ichthyology, Fisheries Biology, Fisheries Resources, Management and Time-Series Analysis. Director of the Laboratory of Ichthyology. His research interests cover fish life-history, population dynamics, fisheries ecology, modeling and forecasting, ecosystem management, and bibliometrics. Co-Chair in 2001-2007 of the CIESM Committee on Marine Ecosystems and Living Resources. Since 2004 participates in the FishBase Consortium. He serves in the Editorial Board of the journals Fisheries Research, Ethics in Science and Environmental Politics, and Journal of Biological Research. He is contributing editor of the Journal Marine Ecology Progress Series and Associate Editor for the FishBase Section  in the journal Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria and Academic Editor of Plos-One. He has co-ordinated 7 EU projects and participated in several others. He has contributed 120 papers in peer-reviewed journals, 20 book chapters, and some 200 others (technical reports and popular magazines). 

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Alexandros Triantafyllidis, Assistant Professor (Course, ERACOM B4)

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14 Alexander TriantafilidisAlexander Triantafilidis is Assistant Professor in Department of Genetics, Development and Molecular Biology School of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, A.U.Th. His research interests comprise of a number of topics all related to the application of population genetics in the conservation of animal species. These activities have been realised until now mostly with neutral molecular markers (mitochondrial DNA and microsatellites) but the use of technologies related to the functional genomics (SNPs and Next Generation Sequencing Data) is advancing. Specifically he is interested in the following topics:

 i) Linking genetic diversity and fish stock management: To identify population genetic structure in fish stocks and characterizes the related life history variation in order to assess potential local adaptations.

 ii) The genetic impact of aquacultured populations on wild populations at the Mediterranean level, the most appropriate models to study the impact of domestication are gilthead seabream, and seabass which make up most of the Mediterranean Aquaculture.

 iii) Food safety and traceability strengthening and extension of existing molecular (barcoding) databases for traceability purposes is needed (related to fish, dairy and swine species). 

iv) The evolutionary history of Greek species.

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Naoum Mylonas, Ph.D (Course, ERACOM A6)

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15 Naoum MylonasNaoum Mylonas is Ph.D candidate in the field of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Department of Economics in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He is also a Scientific Fellow of Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The topic of his PhD research is Development of female entrepreneurship at the field of creative arts. His doctoral research is funded by the Doctoral Program Heraclitus II under the Operational Program "Education and Lifelong Learning" of the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF). His research interests are focused on entrepreneurship, creativity, organizational behavior, gender issues and e-government. He holds the following academic titles: a BSc. Economics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH), a MSc. Development Management, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a MSc. International and European Economics, Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB).

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George Zalidis, Professor (Course, ERACOM Β3)

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The Professor George Zalidis is director of the Laboratory of Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems, and the Associate President of the Faculty of Agriculture, A.U.Th. His specialization in the field of Applied Soil Science started with a Degree of Agriculture (Faculty of Agriculture, A.U.Th., Greece) and continued with a PhD in Soil Physics from the MichiganStateUniversity in U.S.A. He has published over 80 research articles, made over 40 oral presentations in Greek and national conferences, has participation in 3 Greek and 5 national scientific unions, he is referee in several Greek and 3 national scientific journals, and has won 3 awards [George Bouyoukos Fellowship (1981), International Directory of Distinguished Leadership (1991), European Academy of Sciences, (2003)]. He is also a member of numerous national and international professional organizations, and has been an Affiliate Professor in International Institutes. He has worked and supervised in over 60 national and European research projecality and sustainability, bioremediation of degraded areas, restoration and rehabilitation ts. His basic qualifications are: Research focused on topics such as soil pollution, soil quof wetland ecosystems, wetland inventory and mapping.

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Prodromos Zanis, Associate Professor (Course, ERACOM B5)

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Prodromos Zanis is Assistant Professor at the Department of Meteorology and Climatology, School of Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (A.U.Th.) since 2007. He received a degree in Physics in 1992 (AUTH), a M.Sc. in Atmospheric Sciences in 1994 from the University of East Anglia, UK and a Ph.D. degree in Natural Sciences in 1999 from the University of Bern, Switzerland. He has more than 15 years of experience on basic and applied research on atmospheric physics and chemistry with emphasis on air pollution, regional climate change, air quality and regional climate modelling. He has more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed scientific international journals and more than 600 third-party citations with an H-factor of 15. He participated in a number of EU-projects such as PAURII, STACCATO, CANDIDOZ and CECILIA as well as in other Swiss and Greek national competitive research projects.  He was member of the management committee of the COST-Action 723 (Data Exploitation and Modelling for the Upper Troposphere and Lower Stratosphere, 2002-2006) and currently he is member of the board of the Environmental Physics Division of the European Physical Society and the coordinator of the Outstanding Student Poster contest at EGU in Atmospheric Sciences Division. 

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Eftichios Sartzetakis, Associate Professor (Course, ERACOM A3)

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Eftichios S. Sartzetakis is an Associate Professor of Environmental Economics at University of Macedonia, Director of the M.A. in Economics program at U. of Macedonia and Founding Director of the MSc in Sustainable Development at the International Hellenic University. He has also taught at Carleton University, Université Laval, University of British Columbia and Thompson Rivers University where he served as a chairperson of the Department of Economics. He has published a number of papers in leading academic journals, he has presented his work in many international conferences and academic institutions, he is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal “Environment and Development Economics”, and member of international academic organisations. He is leading a number of research projects on environmental economics and management, among which the Environmental Management System of the University of Macedonia which is certified by EMAS. He served as Lead Author in a number of committees and international projects, such as the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and national projects such as the Bank of Greece’s Study Group for the Impact of Climate Change. He served as expert advisor to private firms and public authorities both in Canada and in Greece. 

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Aggeliki Kallia-Antoniou, PhD, MAS (Course, ERACOM A6)

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19 Aggeliki KalliaAggeliki Kallia-Antoniou is lawyer at the supreme Court (Areios Pagos), consultant with academic degrees in Laws (PhD, MAS), experienced since 1979 in Europe, Russia, Asia in multidisciplinary advocacy and consulting in abroad international, EU, national range of issues on environmental conventions, law and policy, environmental management in team work as well as individual with private, governmental, non-governmental, civil society and political clients  e.g. technical assistance, codification, implementation and enforcement of legislation, project cycle management: development, monitoring, implementation and evaluation; training and capacity building; worked with ACE, ACNAT, LIFE and INTERREG projects financed by different international donorse.g.EU-Commission, ERDF as well as projects co-financed by national governments. 
 

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Emmanuil Koutrakis, Researcher (Course, ERACOM A4, A6)

 
20 Emmanuil KoutrakisManos Koutrakis is a researcher (biologist-ichthyologist) at the Hellenic Fisheries Research Institute (National Agricultural Research Foundation) since April 1996. Currently he is head of the Laboratory of Lagoons and Inland Waters of the FRI. His PhD thesis deals with the biology and population dynamics of grey mullets in an estuarine system at the North Aegean Sea. In the last 20 years he is working in the fields of fish biology, fish fauna and assemblages, interaction of cetaceans with fisheries, crayfish, management of lagoons and wetlands, ecohydrology and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM). He is author of more than 150 publications (papers, books, conference proceedings, etc), 30 of which in journals included in the Science Citation Index, reviewer in several international peer reviewed scientific journals and member of the Editorial Committee of the Transitional Waters Bulletin (Italy).He was coordinator of several EU and national research projects, such as the Strymonikos Project, an EU Demonstration Programme on ICZM and the Beachmed-ICZM-MED for the Mediterranean. He participates in the "Ecohydrology (UNESCO/UNDP), a task force for coastal zones. He is also expert of the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries of the European Commission and member of the sub group for the research needs evaluating member states national projects regarding fisheries data collection (STECF-SGRN). Currently he works with the fish fauna of Nestos river and the fish fauna as indicator of the water quality of the transitional waters (lagoons, estuaries) of north Greece.
 

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John Maxwell Halley, Associate Professor (Course, ERACOM B5)

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21 John Maxwell HalleyMy original degrees (University College Dublin, 1983; University College London, 1985 and 1989) were all in Electronic Engineering but since 1990 I have worked on problems associated with the environment, focusing on theoretical and applied ecology. My main research interests are in the application of mathematics and statistics to ecology and conservation. This has included population dynamics, population genetics, ecological time-series analysis and the application of fractals to ecological distributions. Recently, I have been working on novel methods for the interpretation of climate-change statistics and for the estimation of the rates of species loss due to rainforest clearance. Also, since taking up my post at Ioannina in 2007, I have become increasingly involved with field ecology as well as theoretical ecology. In both an educational and research capacity, I have also become interested in the biodiversity and conservation issues for the district of Epirus, Greece.

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Drosos Koutsoubas, Associate Professor Course, ERACOM A4)

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22 Drosos KoutsoubasDrosos Koutsoubasis is Associate Professor in Marine Biology, Department of Marine Sciences, School of Environment, University of the Aegean and Director of the Management Body of the National Marine Park of Zakynthos, Greece. His research interests include,Marine Biodiversity (taxonomy, zoogeography and ecology of Mediterranean invertebrates), ecology of macrobenthic communities in coastal and deep-sea ecosystems, fisheries biology, populations dynamics and management resources of marine invertebrates with commercial interest (molluscs), pollution and impact assessment studies in coastal and transitional water ecosystems, conservation and coastal zone management, aquaculture and marine environment interactions, marine protected areas and marine environmental education.

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Kalliopi Pagou, Research (Course, ERACOM A1)

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23 Kalliopi PagouDr. Kalliopi Pagou is a Research Director at Institute of Oceanography at HellenicCenter for Marine Research (H.C.M.R.). Her research is focused on the marine phytoplankton and autotrophic picoplankton ecology, community structure and function in coastal and open sea areas, primary production biological processes carbon flow, eutrophication assessment and indicators, implementation of European Environmental Policies, marine ecosystems studies disturbed by human activities, study of HABs (Harmful Algal Blooms) and their relation to marine food webs and toxicity experiments in field and laboratory. From 1986 till now involved in 55 research and monitoring projects (national and international projects). Among them being coordinator/scientific responsible in 14 of them (7 international, 7 national projects). Many of them concerned ecological studies and monitoring and assessment of Greek coastal and marine ecosystems, with emphasis in eutrophication processes and toxic phytoplankton.
 
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Anastasios Tselepides, Professor (Course, ERACOM A2)

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24 Anastasios TselepidesAnastasios Tselepides is a biological oceanographer and Professor at the Department of Maritime Studies of the University of Piraeus as well as a Research Director at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Crete (HCMR-Crete). During the last 29 years he has been involved (in most cases as a senior partner or coordinator) in a variety of research projects, many of which were funded by the EU. His main scientific interests are: research on deep-sea ecosystems, productivity of marine ecosystems, climate change and its impact on the marineenvironment, structure and function of oligotrophic ecosystems, pelagic-benthic coupling mechanisms, benthic community structure and microbial diversity. He was the leader of the Oceanography Department of the Institute of Marine Biology of Crete (IMBC) that evolved into the HCMR-Crete from 1993-2006. He was also the President of the Scientific Council of IMBC from 1998-2003. Most of his work has focused on the functioning of the Mediterranean Sea but he has also worked in the Pacific and AtlanticOceans.

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Athanasios Tsikliras, Lecturer (Course, ERACOM A2)

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25 Athanasios TsiklirasAthanassios Tsiklirasis an Assistant Professor in fish biology and at the School of Biology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. He has more than fifteen years of experience in fisheries and fish biology research, having participated in twenty national and EU funded research projects. His recent research is focused on the life history strategies of fishes (ageing, growth, feeding, mortality and reproduction of Mediterranean marine fishes), the effect of climate change on fish distribution and abundance, the reconstruction of historical fisheries data, the interactions between fisheries and aquaculture, the exploitation level and the status of marine fisheries resources. Member of the editorial board of three journals (PLoS One, Turkish Journal of Zoology, Marine Science).

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Ioannis Karakassis, Professor (Course, ERACOM B2)

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26 Ioannis KarakassisIoannis Karakassis is Professor at the Biology Department of the University of Crete, head of the Marine Ecology Laboratory and currently vice-chair of the Biology Department. He has coordinated or participated in 15 national and 11 EU funded projects 10 of which are relevant to Aquaculture-environment interactions. Member of the Benthic Indicators Group (BIG) of the IOC-UNESCO, of the GESAMP WG on Offshore Aquaculture and of the FAO WG on Ecosystem Approach to Aquaculture. Coordinator of the SHOCMED initiative and the WG on Site Selection and Carrying Capacity of Mediterranean Aquaculture of the GFCM. Author and coauthor of more than 75 papers, member of the Editorial Board of the Journal Aquaculture Environment Interactions. Research interests include anthropogenic effects on marine ecosystems, biodiversity and ecosystem function, development of indicators for the assessment of biodiversity and the level of health/disturbance of marine ecosystems.

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George Koumoundouros, Associate Professor (Course, ERACOM B2)

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Photo Site4.jpgGeorge Koumoundouros holds a position of Associate Professor in the Biology Department of the University of Crete. His research interests concern fish biology and aquaculture, with emphasis on the environmentally driven phenotypic plasticity of fish, on the study fish ontogenetic patterns, and on the morpho-anatomical abnormalities of fish. GK teaches under-graduate and graduate courses on Zoology, Marine Biology, Management of Marine Biological Recourses and Aquaculture. George Koumoundouros has been participated in 19 research projects (7 European and 12 national), as a scientist in charge (2 EU and 4 national) or as main researcher and he has published 45 papers in peer-reviewed journals.

 

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Paolo Domenici, Professor (Course, ERACOM B6)

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photo of paolo domeniciPaolo Domenici (PhD in Zoology, University of British Columbia, Canada, 1993) is Professor at I.C.N.R. (National Research Council)- Oristano, Italy. General areas of research interest: Eco-Physiology, Ecomorphology, Biomechanics, Animal Behavior, Conservation Physiology, Marine Biology, Fish Biology. Specific subjects of research: Animal locomotion (performance, kinematics, energetics and scaling); Anti-predator tactics (e.g. escape responses, group behaviour); Predator-prey interactions; Animal behaviour in relation to environmental variables; Short-range orientation.

 

 

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Brian Helmuth, Professor (Course, ERACOM A1)

 
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.29 Brian HelmuthDr. Helmuth is the incoming Director of the Sustainability Science and Policy Initiative at Northeastern University in Boston. Also, he holds as contributing editor of Journal Marine Ecological Progress Series (MEPS). His research explores the effects of climate and climate change on coastal marine organisms. Specifically, he uses combination of field work, remote sensing, laboratory measurements and mathematical modeling to forecast the impacts of climate change on commercially and ecologically important marine species. A major goal of this approach is to predict where, when, and with what magnitude the effects of environmental change are most (and least) likely to occur so that this information can be proactively used by decision makers, a form of adaptation to climate change. 

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Hans Otto Pörtner , Professor (Course, ERACOM A5)

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Prof. Dr. H.-O. PörtnerHans O. Pörtner is Full Professor and Head of Division of Integrative Ecophysiology at Alfred Wegener Institute for Marine and Polar Research, Bremerhaven, FRG. The fields and goals ofhis study include:
1. Climate dependent functional genomics: Analysis of gene functions and regulatory networks defining climate related tolerance limits and acclimation/adaptation capacity of animals.
2. Biogeography and ecosystem functioning: Definition of the physiological underpinning of ecological patterns in a latitudinal cline through an analysis of the constraints and trade-offs in thermal adaptation at various levels of biological organisation.
3. Systems biology in various climates: Integration of single molecule functions into the increasingly complex responses of organelles, cells, tissues, animals, populations and ecosystems to environmental change.
3. Energetic pathways of animal evolution: Construction of conceptual models of the driving forces and mechanistic pathways of climate dependent metazoan evolution.
4. Species interactions: Definition of the physiological underpinning of species interactions by assessing the variability in species-specific bio-envelopes.
5. Interaction of climate factors: CO2 dependent thermal limitation.
6. Prediction of future changes in marine ecosystems: Construction of mechanism-based conceptual models linking field data and physiological information.

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Felix Mark, Researcher (Course, ERACOM A5)

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Dr Felix Christopher Mark, is ecophysiologist at Alfred-Wegener-Institut für Polar-und Meeresforschung and hehas a strong molecular and biochemical background and has worked in various ecophysiological projects with fish, crustaceans and molluscs investigating energy metabolism at systemic, cellular and molecular levels. He is a PI in several projects on the metabolic consequences of ocean acidification and warming for (polar) fish and invertebrates. He also investigates haemocyanin adaptation in polar and temperate cephalopods and is specifically interested in how molecular structural design relates to physiological function.
 
 
 

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Inna Sokolova. Professor (Course, ERACOM B4, C3, C4)

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32 Inna Sokolova Inna of Sokolova is Professor and and Vice-Chair of Research at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology. Her  researchfocuses on understanding the effects of multiple environmental stressors (including global climate change, ocean acidification and pollution) on marine organisms. Her research integrates biological responses at different levels of organization from molecular and cellular to the whole-organism and population in order to identify the physiological and molecular mechanisms of the multiple stress effects and to predict their consequences for an organisms fitness and the survival of the population. She is also interested in the studies of energy metabolism as a central integrator of physiological responses to multiple stressors and explores the role of bioenergetics in setting limits to environmental stress tolerance in marine organisms. Her research is supported by the NSF, US Civilian Research and Development Foundation and North Carolina Sea Grant. Also she holds as Contributing Editor for Marine Ecology Progress Series, as Member of Editorial Board for Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology and as Member of the Review Editorial Board for Frontiers in Aquatic Physiology.
 

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John Fleng Steffensen, Professor (Course, ERACOM B6)

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John Fleng Steffensen is Professor at University of Copenhagen, Marine Biological Section, Department of Biology. His research concentrates on comparative respiratory and circulatory physiology of fish, ranging from questions concerning metabolic cold adaptation in Arctic and Antarctic fish. In addition he is studying problems related to improving growth of fish in aquaculture, the adaptation of fish to environmental hypoxia and temperature, metabolism and kinematics of swimming fish, and the form and function of the primary and secondary circulatory systems in teleosts.
Further information concerning:
1. The form and function of the primary and secondary circulatory systems in teleosts, 2. The adaptation of fish to environmental hypoxia and temperature, including temperature preference, 3. Metabolism, kinematics and muscle dynamics, and circulation of swimming fish - mainly in carangiforms but also labriform and balistiform swimmers,
4. Projects physiological performance, tolerance and growth of fish in aquaculture, particularly sturgeon, eel, tilapia and trout.

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Lars Tomanek, Associate Professor (Course, ERACOM B5)

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Lars Tomanek is Associate Professor at Cal Poly Biological Sciences Department, College of Sciences and Mathematics. The scientific interest of Professor Lars Tomanek focuses on the changes in levels of protein expression in response to environmental stress. His scientific group applies a proteomic approach (expression proteomics) to address some basic questions in ecology and evolution: How are organisms adapted to their environment? How do they differ in their plasticity to respond to environmental change? How do these differences in protein expression limit the ecological niche an organism can occupy? Which proteins are the weak links, which ones are always working the same no matter which environment the organism is found in? What is the unity in physiological design? What are the underlying mechanisms for the diversity of physiological systems and how do these differences determine the ecological boundaries of species distributions?

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Francesco Regoli, Professor (Course, ERACOM B1, B4, C1)

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Francesco Regoli is Professor of Ecotoxicology and of Biological and Ecological Risk Assessment at the Polytechnic University of Marche, Ancona, Italy. He has a strong experience in ecotoxicology and use of marine organisms as bioindicators of chemical pollution, with particular emphasis to bioaccumulation of trace metals (and chemical speciation of arsenic), aliphatic and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, polychlorinated biphenyls and halogenated pesticides. Biological effects induced by pollutants are investigated at the molecular, cellular and biochemical levels through a wide panel of biomarkers reflecting the main detoxification and metabolization pathways or the occurrence of toxic alterations. These studies are applied to management and monitoring of coastal areas, polar environments, impact assessment of off-shore gas and oil production, dredging and disposal activities, environmental management of highly polluted areas, remediation of industrial areas, potential transfer of pollutants and risk to human health. He participated in 6 Italian Expeditions to Antarctica and 2 International Expeditions to Arctic. He is Editor-in-Chief of Marine Environmental Research (Elsevier) and Member of the Editorial Board of Aquatic Toxicology (Elsevier), Archives of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Springer), Chemistry and Ecology (Taylor & Francis), Journal of the Brazilian Society of Ecotoxicology (SETAC-Brazil).
 
 
 

Antonio Pusceddu, Accociate Professor (Course, ERACOM C2)

 
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Associate Professor of Ecology at the Polytechnic University of Marche (Italy, 2008-present). He has a 15-year experience in the study of linkages between benthic trophodynamics and the patterns of biodiversity in marine ecosystems, with a particular focus on the relationships between sediment biogeochemistry and the structure and functioning of the benthic microbial loop. Responses of biodiversity (with a special focus on meiofauna) to disturbance are investigated with emphasis on natural (eg, climate change and oceanographic forces) and anthropogenic (eg, organic pollution, eutrophication, bottom trawling) stressors in a variety of marine ecosystems including the Mediterranean Sea, the Antarctic ocean, and the deep regions of almost all world oceans. These studies are also framed in identifying tools for monitoring, management and protection of marine ecosystems, with particular attention to the thresholds of sustainability of human activities at sea. Vice President of the Italian Association of Limnology and Oceanography (AIOL) (2008-2009), he has participated to 4 Antarctic Expeditions and many oceanographic cruises, is Associate Editor of the international journal Chemistry and Ecology and member of the Editorial Board of the international journals Advances in Oceanography and Limnology (Taylor & Francis Group), ISRN Ecology and ISRN Oceanography. Author of about 90 peer reviewed articles, he scores a H of 22 and about 1500 citations.
 

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