Project Officer

Jakovos Demetriou


Jakovos holds a BSc in Biology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in Greece (NKUA). From 2019-2021 he acquired his Master’s Degree in Ecology and Conservation of Biodiversity from the
NKUA. During his time in Athens, Jakovos was an active volunteer in the Museum of Zoology of Athens, participating in the curation, supplementation and study of entomological collections. He has also
received a scholarship from the State Scholarship Foundation of Cyprus (IKYK) for his undergraduate and postgraduate studies.
Since July 2021, he has been working at the Laboratory of Vector Ecology and Applied Entomology, Joint Services Health Unit, British Forces Cyprus where he also undertook his MSc Thesis, researching the
alien insect fauna of Cyprus. For the next two years (2021-2023) he will be increasing public awareness about the threat posed by invasive alien species (IAS) by providing accessible, user-friendly on-line resources through an on-line database alongside citizen-science to study native species-IAS interactions. These endeavours are supported by his fellowship funded by the Darwin Initiative (DPLUS124) and employment at Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre.
His main research interests revolve around entomology and biological invasions. In addition to the study of alien insects and their impacts on native biodiversity and socioeconomic parameters, Jakovos is actively researching the ecology, biogeography, systematics and conservation of Hymenoptera, with special interest in wasps!

Project manager:

1) Biodiversity and spatiotemporal patterns of ants in the Akrotiri Peninsula

2) Raising public awareness on invasive non-native species and providing accessible, user-friendly online resources through the CyDAS