FISHERIES BIOLOGIST

Qualifications:

BSc Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2010-2014
MSc Ecology and Environmental Management, University of York, UK, 2014-2015
PhD Fisheries Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, 2015-2019

Maria is a creative person with social and research skills and she is fascinated with exploring major environmental issues. During her studies, she conducted research on the spatiotemporal distribution and feeding behavior of bird species.

Her PhD focused on discards’ management from a socioeconomic point of view, by examining fishers’ perceptions on the implementation of the landing obligation, developing a monitoring framework with indicators, and conducting bioeconomic simulations to assess the multidimensional effects that this regime might have on the Mediterranean fisheries. It received funding from the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR) as part of the MINOUW project (European research and innovation program Horizon 2020).

Throughout her studies, she has been trained in multi-faceted collaborations, both research and non-research, and has acquired skills so that she can produce informed knowledge and properly evaluate the available scientific information.

She is interested in better understanding of the marine environment and socio-ecological dynamics towards correct management.

Contact at mchristou@merresearch.com