Vice Rector for Research and Development Director of Research Fund at the University of Patras
I hold a degree in Biological Sciences and a PhD on “Flora and Vegetation Ecology of mountain ecosystems”. Faculty member since 2000 and Professor in Botany and Ecology from 2009 to 2016 in the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources Management and from 2016 onwards in the Department of Biology of the University of Patras.
My research interests and key-expertise (1990-2021) lie in: flora and vegetation analysis, conservation and ecology of species and habitats focusing to: inventory, monitoring, assessment and mapping of habitats and ecosystems in protected areas (Greece and Cyprus); biodiversity evaluation and analysis (species and community level); mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services; vegetation and flora databases; Article 17 (Dir. 92/43/EEC) reporting on the conservation status assessment of habitat types (Greece and Cyprus); conservation policy and National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan for Implementation.
I have published 136 articles in international scientific journals (1990-2021), I have participated with 110 and 90 oral presentations in International and National Conferences respectively. I have participated as lead researcher and to date have coordinated 40 national and 20 European research projects. I have served and still serve as:
(a) for the preparation and edition in 10 volumes of the Flora of Greece (Flora Hellenica), 120 years after the first and only existing Flora of Greece (Conspectus Flora Graecae, 1904-1908),
(b) for the edition of the National Biodiversity Strategy and its Action Plan for Implementation in Greece (Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change, 2013-2014),
(c) of the Working Group on Nature Conservation policy implementation in Greece with emphasis to the Natura 2000 network (Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change, 2013-2014)
National Representative in the European Commission on Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES activities, 2014-) – MAES working group
Deputy Chair of the Natura 2000 National Committee for the Protected Areas of Greece (2010-2013)
Chair of the Natura 2000 National Committee for the Protected Areas of Greece (2020-2023)