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Hellenic Centre for Marine Research

Hellenic Centre for Marine Research

Short name: HCMR
Contact name: Paraskevi Pitta
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Partner Description

The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) is the national research and advisory body for the marine environment, aquaculture and fisheries. It carries out scientific and technological research, in the fields of study and protection of the hydrosphere, its organisms, its interface with the atmosphere, the coast and the sea bottom. The Institute of Oceanography (IO) is one out of three HCMR’s Institutes. IO has a long experience of over 40 years in the multidisciplinary study and the long term monitoring of the physical, chemical, biological and geological processes that govern the structure, functioning and evolution of pelagic and benthic ecosystems in the ultra- oligotrophic environment of the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. IO participates in several Research Infrastructure EU Projects.

Role and Commitment of key person(s)

Paraskevi Pitta (f, PhD 1996, marine biology, Univ. Crete). A microbial ecologist focusing on the structure and function of pelagic microbial food webs in oligotrophic environments, she has 15 years of experience in mesocosm experiments. She has been PI in the FP7-MESOAQUA and H2020-AQUACOSM projects. She coordinated the first marine mesocosm experiments in the ultra-oligotrophic East Med. Google Scholar statistics: 63 publications, >2500 citations, h-index: 26.

Project role AQUACOSM: Scientific Responsible at HCMR, Leader WP5: NA4: Outreach: Dissemination and Stakeholder engagement; Task Leader WP6.4: Provision of TA to HCMR: CRETACOSMOS; Task Contributor WP3.4 Perspectives beyond the project; WP4.1 Data collection and processing.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Scientific Responsible at HCMR, Leader WP5: NA4: Outreach activities: Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation; Task Leader in WP9.8: Provision of TA to HCMR: CretaCosmos; WP4.2: Reducing heterogeneity of data collection and processing; WP5.1: Outreach strategy; Contributor: WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6, WP8, WP9

Manolis Tsapakis (m, PhD 2003, environmental organic chemistry, Univ. Crete) is Research Director (grade A) at the Institute of Oceanography, HCMR. He has contributed to the understanding of the fate of inorganic and organic substances in the marine ecosystem functioning. He has worked as a team leader or principal investigator in a number of recent and ongoing EU projects. Google Scholar statistics: 48 papers, > 2600 citations, h-index: 23.

Project role AQUACOSM: Contributor to WP5 and WP6.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Contributor to WP9.8: Provision of TA to HCMR: CretaCosmos

Stella Psarra (f, PhD 2002, biological oceanography). She has focused on phytoplankton ecology in oligotrophic marine environments. Recently, study of hydrology and water mass effects on pelagic ecosystem functioning in a transient, continental Strait system. ISI WoS statistics: 29 papers, 1058 citations, h-Index 17.

Project role AQUACOSM: Contributor to WP5 and WP6.

Iordanis Magiopoulos (m, MSc 2011, marine microbiology/materials science, Univ. Crete). He has focused in marine and polar microbial ecology and sterility methods and assessment. He has participated in 5 mesocosm experiments in the frame of the FP7- MESOAQUA and H2020-AQUACOSM projects. He has contributed to the communication and dissemination activities of the AQUACOSM project. Google Scholar statistics: 11 papers, 73 citations, h-index: 6.

Project role AQUACOSM-plus: Co-leader in WP3.2; WP 5.2; WP5.5; WP 8.3; Contributor to WP5: NA4 : Outreach activities: Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation, WP9.8: Provision of TA to HCMR: CretaCosmos

Address

Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
Street Address 46,7 km Athens Sounio ave.
P.O. Box 712, P.C. 19013 Anavyssos, Attiki,
Greece