BIOLOGIST / MARINE BIODIVERSIY & CONSERVATION/ OCEANOGRAPHER

Qualifications:
BSc (Hons) Biology, Cardiff University, Wales, United kingdom, 2010-2013
MSc Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Universidade do Algarve, Portugal; Universite Pierre et Marie CURIE, France; Universiteit Gent, Belgium, 2014-2016
MSc Oceanography and Marine Environments, Universite Pierre et Marie CURIE, France, 2015-2016
PhD student in Marine Sciences, The University of Western Australia, Australia, 2018-On-going

Ioannis is an enthusiastic Biologist always seeking to deepen his knowledge on environmental issues concerning marine coastal systems at local scales for the implementation of rigorous conservation actions through appropriate methodological approaches.

During his undergraduate program at Cardiff University, he volunteered in cetacean research at the Conservación Información y Estudio sobre Cetáceos in the Strait of Gibraltar, Spain and Cetacean Research and Rescue Unit in Moray Firth, Scotland. After completing his bachelor’s degree, he worked in Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation, Samos Island, where he carried out a preliminary assessment of Lipsi Island’s fish stocks (Dodecanese), as well as undertaking research on the impact of alien (Lessepsian) marine flora on the seagrass Posidonia oceanica and associated fish assemblages.

As part of his master’s degree, he worked in Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory (Sweden), CCMAR (Portugal) and IMEDEA (Mallorca) on research that examined the long-term changes in soft-bottom communities in Idefjord, the ocean acidification effects on the seagrass Cymodocea nodosa, and the impacts of seawater warming on the ecophysiology of Mediterranean marine flora, respectively.

Currently, his research ambitions and PhD subject focus on the ecophysiology of marine flora with implications to global warming and biological invasions as well as on issues related to marine debris pollution mainly by micro/macro-plastic litter across the coasts of Cyprus.

Contact at isavva@merresearch.com