SUSTAINABLE AQUACULTURE / MARINE SCIENCES

Qualifications:
BSc Environmental Biology and Education, University of Brighton, United Kingdom, 2011 – 2014
MSc Sustainable Aquaculture, University of St. Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom, 2014 – 2017 
PhD Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth, United Kingdom, 2018 – 2023

Periklis Kleitou earned his BSc in Environmental Biology and Education from the University of Brighton, UK. He later pursued an MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture at the University of St Andrews, UK, and capped his academic journey with a PhD in Marine Science from the University of Plymouth. Remarkably, he achieved all these accolades while actively working at MER.

Periklis focuses on integrating ecological and socioeconomic scientific data, and translating them into actionable management decisions and impactful policy. To date, he has contributed to over 50 projects in areas such as marine biodiversity, aquaculture, and fisheries. He holds strong ties with a diverse group of stakeholders, including fishers, divers, aquaculture farmers, managers, and policymakers, and he is a prominent advocate for citizen science and stakeholder engagement in marine conservation.

He is a certified diver (FDI Free Diver, PADI Advanced Diver, PADI Deep Dive), boat captain, certified for offshore work (BOSIET including HUET and EBS training, and BOSIET with Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System), certified JNCC Marine Mammal Observer (MMO), and first-aid qualified. During his compulsory military service in Cyprus from 2009 to 2011, Periklis distinguished himself by graduating at the top of his class from the 70th Navy Seal school. In addition to his contributions at MER, Periklis plays an active role in the Greek NGO iSea, an Environmental Organisation for the Preservation of the Aquatic Ecosystems. He has also been a dedicated member of its Board in recent years. Between 2018 and 2022, he served a tenure as a marine scientist at the University of Plymouth, UK.

He has published over 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals and has guest-edited for journals such as ‘Frontiers in Marine Science’ and ‘Fishes’. Presently, he serves as an Associate Editor for ‘Frontiers in Fish Science’.

Contact at pkleitou@merresearch.com