About me

I am a biological oceanographer with expertise on plankton ecology.
Currently, I am a Science Officer for the EU4OceanObs EU project, lead the G7 FSOI Coordination Centre at Mercator Ocean International (Toulouse, France) and support EU coordination actions in the G7 FSOI.
As a EU Coordinator for the G7 FSOI, I lead G7 FSOI EU actions for marine life augmented observations and other G7 FSOI priority topics. I also provide support to the G7 FSOI Co-Chairs and the G7 FSOI working group.

Having completed a PhD in Marine Ecology and Ecosystem Modelling (Bristol University, UK), an MSc in Environmental Biology of Terrestrial Management and Marine Biological Resources (University of Crete, Greece) and a BSc in Marine Sciences (Aegean University, Greece), I have acquired a sound and in-depth knowledge of marine ecosystems.

Plankton ecology under changing climate is my passion, and zooplankton is my area of expertise. Through my research, I discovered the power of combining field, lab and modelling studies to deliver a mechanistic understanding of the ecosystem drivers. My main scientific aim is to answer questions of ecosystem dynamics and carbon flow in a changing environment.

For my Postdoc project at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute, I used size spectrum trait-based models to explore how temperature influences plankton populations and communities. For my PhD, I chose to study planktonic foraminifera ecology within a mechanistic framework, using 0-D and 3-D trait-based ecosystem models as my research tool. For my MSc, I used the body size as a trait to estimate the abundance and biomass stock of metazooplankton in the Aegean Sea, as well as a methods’ comparison (stereoscopic, dry weight and image analysis). My BSc thesis was focused on copepods ecology in a coastal ecosystem of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea (Aegean Sea).