Check-list and distribution of calcareous organisms (Bryozoan, Scleractinian corals) along the southern coasts of Cyprus

Katerina Achilleos Advisors: Dr. Carlos Jimenez (The Cyprus Institute), Dr. Spyros Sfendourakis (University of Cyprus). The Eastern Mediterranean has been classified among the most oligotrophic regions of the World’s oceans. Nevertheless, it is well known that the Levantine Basin and especially Cyprus, host high biodiversity at a low biomass. The primary purpose of this study was [...]

2018-01-10T12:09:29+00:00February 13th, 2017|


Aim: To understand the ecological connectivity or isolation of submerged cave environments. Objectives: Baseline data on the distribution and characteristics of the ecological communities in submerged caves. Connectivity of the cave environments in relation to nutrients’ pathways and exchange of organisms. Characterization of the coelobites and encrusting communities on the speleothems and bioconstructions. Collaborators: Cyprus [...]

2017-02-13T12:41:00+00:00February 13th, 2017|

Artificial Reefs

Aim: To understand, monitor and characterise the colonisation processes, environmental variables and site selection criteria of biofouling organisms on artificial structures. Objectives:To collect baseline data regarding artificial reefs and structures and document the colonoisation process in order to gain an understanding of the variables that should be studied selected when choising an artificial reef site. [...]

2017-02-13T12:40:11+00:00February 13th, 2017|

Ancient and Modern Wrecks Ecology

Aim: Understand the past and present ecological communities associated to submerged wrecks. Objectives: Characterization and monitoring of the encrusting and vagile (e.g. ichthyofauna) organisms of the wrecks. Analysis of the geochemical composition and nature of the sediments inside and around the wreck sites. Comparison of the biological communities at wrecks of different age and location [...]

2017-02-13T12:39:27+00:00February 13th, 2017|

Investigation of the aquatic biotic components of Paralimni Lake, Famagusta

Backround Paralimni lake is a seasonal, slightly brackish lake, enclosed in a triangle formed by the villages of Paralimni, Dherynia and Sotira. The main sources of water inflows for the lake, are precipitation and urban runoff from the nearby villages. In the past decades, due to the inexistence of proper management for the lake, the [...]

2017-02-13T12:38:11+00:00February 13th, 2017|

Deep-water caves

Aim: Exploration of deep-water caves in Cyprus Objectives: The project involves the preliminary exploration of some caves in the North and South of Cyprus using technical diving techniques. It seeks to generate information on the caves’ characteristics and the organisms that constitute the marine biodiversity found in these largely unknown habitats. The information generated [...]

2018-01-30T17:27:55+00:00February 13th, 2017|

Lionfish (Pterois miles) invasion

Aim: Monitoring the invasion of Lionfish in Cyprus Objectives: The project aims to monitor and analyze the presence of the highly invasive alien species lionfish in Cyprus. Through a well-established island-wide network of collaborators (professional and recreational divers and fishermen, port and governmental authorities, volunteers and observers of opportunity) we acquire records of sightings [...]

2018-03-25T07:16:55+00:00February 13th, 2017|

Lecture on Marine Biodiversity and Marine Litter to Kimon Diving Club

Enalia Physis member and Marine Biologist Antonis Petrou, was the guest speaker to the lecture organised by KIMON Xylotymvou Diving Club. Antonis presented the theme  ''Biodiversity and Diving, new diving wrecks, artificial reefs and Marine Protected Areas'' to the divers of the club, fishermen and other stakeholders . In addition the MarLitCy project was presented and the [...]

2017-02-13T10:00:23+00:00April 3rd, 2015|