About Us 2020-02-20T13:35:56+00:00

About us

Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre is a Cyprus-based non-profit organization established  in 2009. Its purpose is to conduct and promote environmental research in marine and terrestrial ecosystems and to encourage and enhance education and ecological awareness of the general public. Cyprus, as the eastern Mediterranean in general, is in particular need of active NGOs who aim to become part of the decision making process of environmental policies in order to promote good environmental practices.

The members of Enalia Physis are experts in biological and environmental research and management, covering a wide range of fields such as conservation of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, marine and freshwater biology, fisheries, ecology and environmental education. Enalia Physis aspires to become a strong environmental platform for research and to be able to influence decisions about the environment in a positive and constructive manner, utilizing its connection with an international network of collaborators.

The need for an environmental NGO with an understanding of the nature of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and the interactions between them, is particularly important for an island such as Cyprus where Enalia Physis is based. Enalia Physis aspires to become a strong contender in environmental issues in the eastern Mediterranean and beyond. The threats of further climate change, habitat destruction and desertification, water shortages, overfishing  and the sea level rising combined with the growing importance of deep sea hydrocarbon exploration and extraction, make the eastern Mediterranean a hotspot for research. Enalia Physis and its collaborators cover a wide spectrum of environmental issues while at the same time having a high standard of expertise in all the areas it deals with.

The increase of the public’s awareness as well as environmental education is a priority for the researchers at Enalia Physis. Awareness campaigns are being planned as are collaborations with other NGOs so as to increase the importance and the impact of research on the policy making process from independent researchers who do not follow agendas or governmental policies which many times limit the well intended impact of research.

Enalia Physis invites members to join and help us enrich research and knowledge in the environment of the Mediterranean.

Board of Directors

Research Director / Co-founder
BSc Biological Sciences
MSc Advanced Methods in Taxonomy & Biodiversity
PhD Biodiversity and Ecology

Louis Hadjioannou is a biologist with broad knowledge on biodiversity matters. He has worked for more than a decade in research programs on biological and ecological aspects of multiple marine taxa in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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Senior Research Coordinator
BSc Biology
MSc Aquatic & Marine Ecosystems
PhD Marine Biology

Dr. Carlos Jimenez has extensively dealt with marine ecology and environmental interpretations and reconstructions since the early 80s. He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in biology and aquatic and marine ecosystems, respectively, from the University of Costa Rica.

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BSc Biology
MSc Aquatic Resource Management

Antonis Petrou is a Marine Biologist and has worked as such in Cyprus since 2001. He carried out his studies in London and has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biology and Aquatic Resource Management.

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Head of Fisheries Research
BSc in Marine Biology and Oceanography
M.Sc. in Business Administration
MRes in Marine Biology

Marios Papageorgiou research is focused on understanding the different physical, biological and anthropogenic parameters that shape the benthic community assemblages especially in the deep-sea. His interests range from community and applied ecology with emphasis on benthic and deep-sea ecology, to fisheries science, to conservation and blue economy to ecological statistics and data visualisation in R.

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Research Assistant 
BSc Biology
MSc Oceanography and Marine Environment Management

Photiana Pattoura holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Oceanography and Marine Environment Management from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

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Scientific Associates

BA in Geography
MRes Biodiversity Evolution and Conservation

Antaia joined Enalia Physis in December 2018 and will be assisting with different projects including RELIONMED. She will also provide support  on marine bycatch related projects, environmental education and policy. Her main areas of expertise are wildlife crime and environmental conservation.

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BSc Marine biology

Vasilis Andreou, obtained his B.Sc. (Hons) Marine biology degree at the University of Plymouth (UK) in 2012. During his degree, Vasilis has carried out field experiments investigating the behavioral ecology of talitrids at the northeastern coasts of Cyprus.

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BSc Biological Sciences
MSc Ecology & Biodiversity

Rana Abualhaija is a marine ecologist with a diverse background. She began her studies with a year of Biotechnological studies in the Arab American University of Jenin, Palestine and then continued her Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Cyprus, Cyprus.

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BSc in Ecology
MSc Applied Entomology
PhD in Ecology

Angeliki or Kelly Martinou is an Applied Ecologist with more than a decade of experience in entomology, biological control, pesticide science and application. She is interested in integrated vector management and biological control.

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BSc Biological Sciences
MSc Biodiversity and Ecology

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.

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BSc in Biological Sciences
M.Sc. in Wild Animal Biology

Joined Enalia Physis in November 2017 to provide support for the RELIONMED project as well as the organisation’s other projects. His research interests are with animal behaviour and their interactions with the environment.

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M.Sc. in Marine Freshwater Biology

Magdalene Papatheodoulou completed her MSci in Marine & Freshwater Biology with Honours of the First Class in 2018 from the University of Glasgow.

She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, with her research area concentrating on the ‘Immediate and Transgenerational Effects of Catch-and-Release on the Physiology and Behaviour of the Atlantic Salmon (Salmo salar).

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BSc Environmental Sciences
MSc in Applied Geo-Informatics

Andreas is an Environmental Scientist with MSc in Applied Geo-Informatics and Risk Management both from the University of the Aegean, Greece. His principal research field is satellite image analysis and remote sensing applications with emphasis on both terrestrial and aquatic systems.

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BSc in Agricultural Economics
M.Sc. in Integrated Rural Development
PhD in Rural Economics and Development

Has participated in many EU-funded research projects (a) investigating the economic and environmental costs and benefits of climate change adaptation options and (b) assessing the socioeconomic impact of European environmental, agricultural and regional policies. His research interests include bio-economic modelling, general equilibrium models and participatory research.

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Past Associates

Past member of Board of Directors / Co-founder
BSc Biological Sciences
MSc Ecology–Protection & Management of Natural Environment

Iakovos Tziortzis, founding member and counselor of the NGO ENALIA PHYSIS ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH CENTRE, graduated from the Biology Department of the University of Patras, Greece (2005).

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Marc studied invertebrate palaeontology at the University of Bonn until 2010, writing a thesis on the morphology of two exceptionally-preserved stem-group arthropods and their systematics. From there, he turned to teaching, giving both talks aimed for the general public and university-level lectures, and to personal research.

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Student Traineeships

Enalia Physis accepts students to undertake traineeships or research activities as part of their ongoing studies, in subjects relevant to the organization activities and projects. The following traineeships have been undertaken under Enalia Physis supervision.