Katerina Achilleos graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences in 2012 and obtained a Master’s degree in Biodiversity and Ecology in 2014 both from the University of Cyprus.
She first started working with Enalia Physis during her Bachelor thesis where she investigated the role of an ancient shipwreck (4th century BCE) as an artificial reef, by analysing the calcareous community found on the shipwreck cargo and in the sediments. She further expanded her research during her Master’s thesis by studying the calcareous organisms (scleractinian corals and Bryozoa) biodiversity and distribution along the coasts of Cyprus.
Her research and field experience focuses mainly on the ecology, taxonomy and systematics of Cenozoic and recent marine Bryozoa. She has also experience in experimental fishing surveys, as well as in various researches relating to artificial and natural / coralligenous reefs and submerged caves around Cyprus.
During 2015-2016 she worked in the private sector and got involved in projects related to Aquaculture and Fisheries monitoring, artificial reefs assessment, benthic macrofaunal identification and fish age determination using otoliths.
She is currently continuing her research as a PhD student in Marine Science at the University of Otago, New Zealand, where she aims to investigate the growth and calcification in articulated Bryozoa.
Her greater passion is evolution, a field which she aims to pursue and get more involved in the near future.