Dr. Vasiliki Almpanidou


PhD in School of Biology, Faculty of Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.  Dissertation “Modelling distribution and movement patterns of sea turtles focusing on the potential climate change impacts”

Master of Science in “Ecological planning, sustainable development and management of protected areas”, School of Biology, Faculty of Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Bachelor’s degree in Primary Education, School of Primary Education, Faculty of Education, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Bachelor’s degree in Biology, School of Biology, Faculty of Science, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Field: Environmental Biology.


2018 – 19 Fellowship for Doctoral Researchers, supported by the Greek Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs-Supporting researchers with an emphasis on young researchers” under the Operational Program “Human Resources Development, Education and Lifelong Learning”, co-financed by the European Social Fund – ESF

2016  Research of Excellence – Fellowship for Doctoral Researchers, awarded by Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

2004  Fellowship offered by State Scholarships Foundation (Ι.Κ.Υ), for ranking first among the students who entered the School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Researh Experience

2018 – 2020 “MARLITER – Improved online public access to environmental monitoring data and data tools for the Black Sea Basin supporting cooperation in the reduction of marine litter”, European Union’s Cross-Border Cooperation (CBC) under its European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI). – ENI CBC Black Sea Basin Programme (Member of the Research Team)

2018 – 2020 “Combine2Protect – Common Plans for Biodiversity conservation and sustainable targets for the development of bilateral network of protected areas”, IPA-CBC Programme, co-funded by the European Union and by National Funds of the Participating Countries (Member of the Research Team)

2015-2016 “Prolife -The quality of life prerequisite for progress and sustainable development in the cross border area”, IPA-CBC Programme, co-funded by the European Union and by National Funds of the Participating Countries, (PI), (Member of the Research Team)

2014 -2016 “Monitoring of reproduction activities of the loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in Zakynthos rookery”, Funded by the DG Environment of the European Commission, (Member of the Research Team)

2013 – 2015 “Combine2Change – Common plans for the Conservation of Biodiversity under the prism of climate change”, Funded by the European Union and the Greek State, Ministry of Education and Religious Affairs / General Secretariat for Research and Technology, (Member of the Research Team)

2012 “Spatial patterns and ecological processes at a landscape level, Management Body of Ecodevelopment Area of Karla – Mavrovouni –Kefalovriso – Velestino”, Funded by the Green Fund under the program “Supporting protected area management agencies”, Greek Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change, (Member of the Research Team)

Attendance at Educational Programmes

2/2018 Training School on “Cumulative Effects Analysis applied to Marine Ecosystems”, Thünen Institute (Institute of Sea Fisheries), Hamburg, Germany

9-10/2015 Santander International Summer School for Doctoral Students, “ARISING AWARENESS”, Sustainable Development of human society within the frame of planet Earth, Heidelberg University, Heidelberg, Germany

7/2013 International Summer School in “Ecological Data Analysis”, School of Environment, University of the Aegean, Mytilene, Lesvos Island, Greece

5/2012 Course “Modelling dispersal and connectivity in fragmented landscapes”, Helhmotz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Leipzig, Germany

Indicative Publications

Almpanidou V., Katragkou E., Mazaris A.D., 2018. The efficiency of phenological shifts as an adaptive response against climate change: a case study of loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) in the Mediterranean. Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change 23, 1143–1158

Almpanidou V., Schofield G., Mazaris A.D., 2017. Unravelling the climatic niche overlap of global sea turtle nesting sites: impact of geographic variation and phylogeny. Journal of Biogeography 44, 2839-2848

Almpanidou V., A., Schofield G., Kallimanis A.S.,  Türkozan O., Hays G.C., Mazaris A.D. 2016. Using climatic suitability thresholds to identify past, present and future population viability. Ecological Indicators 71, 551-556

Mazaris A.D., Almpanidou V., Wallace B.P., Pantis J.D., Schofield G. 2014. A global GAP analysis of sea turtle protection coverage. Biological Conservation 173, 17–23

Almpanidou V., Mazaris A.D., Mertzanis Y., Avraam I., Antoniou I., Pantis J.D., Sgardelis S. 2014. Providing insights on habitat connectivity for brown bears: a combination of habitat suitability and landscape graph-based models. Ecological Modelling 286, 37–44

Computer Skills


GIS toolls (ArcGIS, DIVA-GIS)

spatial data analysis (FRAGSTATS, PASSaGE, SAM)

network analysis software (Pajek, CentiBin, I-graph R-package)

data processing and statistical analysis (Statistica).