HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH (HCMR)

Website: www.hcmr.gr

The Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) is a large Governmental Research Centre that belongs to the Ministry of Development and Investments, under the General Secretariat for Research and Technology. Thus, is the main organization for Oceanographic, Fisheries and Inland Waters, Marine Biology and Genetics and Aquaculture research in Greece, constituted of three relevant institutes: the Institute for Oceanography, the Institute of Fisheries and Inland Waters, and the Institute of Marine Biology, Genetics and Aquaculture. The staff totals approximately 480 people comprising researchers, scientists, technicians, administrative and secretarial employees. The combination of baseline and applied research and the specialization of the scientific staff in various disciplines ensure a global, multidisciplinary approach, which makes the HCMR a leading establishment in aquatic environment research. Τhe Research Infrastructure «Intelligent Research Infrastructure for Shipping, Supply chain, Transport and Logistics (EN.I.R.I.S.S.T.)» is implemented by the Institute of Oceanography, https://io.hcmr.gr/

Members of Research Teams

Dr. Alexandra Gogou (ΗCMR coordinator). Dr Alexandra Gogou is a chemical oceanographer/marine biogeochemist, holding a Research Director position in the Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Centre of Marine Research (HCMR), Greece. She earned her Ph.D. from the Chemistry Department of the University of Crete in Heraklion, Greece in 1998. During 1999 – 2000 she had a post-Doc appointment with the Department of Marine Chemistry & Geochemistry, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), MA, USA. In 2001 she earned a 2-year Marie Curie postdoctoral fellowship to work at the University Paris VI. In 2003, she went back to Greece with a Marie Curie Reintergration Fellowship (HCMR) and in 2005 she was elected Assistant Professorin the field of marine biogeochemistry in the Department of Marine Sciences Department, University of the Aegean, in Lesvos Island, Greece. Her research is focused on deciphering marine biogeochemical processes of carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus – shifts in plankton and microbial species composition, processes triggering and controlling carbon production, cycling and export, and its fate during early diagenesis and burial (carbon sequestration) – that are recorded in the chemical structure, abundance and isotopic composition of organic molecules known as biomarkers, in respect to environmental conditions (e.g. hydrological, redox, pH, various anthropogenic pressures) and climate variability. She has coordinated and participated in numerous national, European and international projects (e.g. MedSea, ΜΑRINERA/MedEcos, PERSEUS, SESAME, ANAXIMANSER, HERMIONE, HERMES, MATER, CINCS EU Projects, EU-USA Bilateral Collaboration, SEA FOR SOCIETY etc). She has published 58 articles in peer-reviewed journals with over 1600 citations, 25 in books/ special editions and more than 150 in conference proceedings. She has been acting as EU, Greek, Spanish and French national project evaluator, international journals’reviewer and editor. She acts as steering committee member of the MEDCLIVAR (Mediterranean Climate Variability and Predictability) and national contact for IMBER (Integrated Marine Biogeochemistry and Ecosystem Research) International Program.

Dr. Ioannis Hatzianestis )ΗCMR co-coordinator). Dr Ioannis Hatzianestis (B.Sc in chemistry (1985) University of Athens; M.Sc in Chemical Oceanography (1988) University of Athens; PhD in Organic chemistry (1992) University of Athens) is a Research Director in the Institute of Oceanography of the HCMR. His research interests are mainly focused on the chemistry of natural and anthropogenic organic compounds in marine coastal and open sea environments (origin, fate, bioaccumulation, biogeochemical cycles etc). His research includes the study of organic pollutants, organic biomarkers, natural organic compounds, organic gases and the development of analytical techniques to determine trace organic compounds in the marine environment. He is the head of Organic Chemistry Lab of the Institute of Oceanography since 1995. He has coordinated 16 National and European projects and actively involved in more than 90 projects and studies focusing on the marine pollution and the biogeochemical processes of the organic material in marine ecosystems. He participates in the National Programmes for the implementation of Water Framework (WFD) and Marine Strategy (MSFD) Directives in Greece, coordinating D8 (Contaminants). He is a member of the MSFD European Expert Network on Contaminants. He has published more than 250 scientific papers in journals, conference proceedings and technical reports, among which 57 papers in peer-reviewed journals. He has participated/coordinated more than 60 oceanographic cruises and surveys in Mediterranean and Red Sea.

Dr. Constantine Parinos. Dr. Constantine Parinos is an Associate Researcher at the Institute of Oceanography of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research. He holds a Ph.D in Chemistry, an M.Sc in Chemical, Environmental and Computational Technology – Simulation and a B.Sc in Chemistry. His research focuses on the study of the sources, transport pathways and fate of organic contaminants in the marine environment and interactions with natural organic matter in their transport pathways; lipid biomarkers as indicators of processes triggering and controlling organic matter production, transfer and fate in the water column; and high-resolution sedimentary record studies of lipid biomarkers as an indicator of the response of the eastern Mediterranean Sea ecosystem to climatic and environmental shifts. He has been/is currently involved as a researcher in 28 international and national projects some of which are “ENIRISST”, “PANACEA”, “COASTAL”, “PERLE”, “HARMONIA”, “LEVECO”, “Integrated Observatories in the Greek Seas”, “PERSEUS”, “AegeanMarTech”, “MedEcos”, “MedSeA”, “HERMIONE” and “ReDEco”. He has been project leader of the environmental impact assessment “Study of the short- and medium term environmental consequences of the sinking of the Agia Zoni II tanker on the marine ecosystem of the Saronikos Gulf”. He has published 21 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and 85 in conference/international meetings/workshops proceedings.

Dr. Alexandra Pavlidou. Dr. Alexandra Pavlidou is Research Director in Hellenic Center for Marine Research, Institute of Oceanography. She is marine chemist. Her research interests are mainly focused on chemical processes in the water column of marine environments (nutrient dynamics, and organic N and P, temporal trends); chemistry of dissolved gasses; marine pollution and eutrophication; assessment of the water quality and trophic status of coastal marine ecosystems; study of low oxygen / anoxic marine environments (biogeochemical processes, pressures, benthic fluxes). She has participated/coordinated more than 80 research programs related to Water Quality Assessment, Marine Pollution and Biogeochemical Processes in Marine Ecosystems (e.g. MEDREGION-Support Mediterranean Member States towards the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive new GES Decision and programmes of measures and contribute to regional/subregional cooperation, MSFD Monitoring Program, MEDCIS-Support Mediterranean Member States towards coherent and Coordinated Implementation of the second phase of the MSFD, EUROFLEETS/CRELEV, WFD Monitoring Program; PERSEUS, LEVECO, ACTIONMED, EMODnet-Chemistry, KRIPIS, SESAME, COCONET, SARGE, MED/POL etc). She has published more than 45 scientific papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals and books (scopus H-index 16).

Dr. Dimitrios Velaoras. Dr. Dimitrios Velaoras is an Associate Researcher at the Institute of Oceanography of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research.His main research interests/expertise include: In-situ data collection and processing, Time series processing and evaluation of fixed observatories data, Water masses characterization and circulation features, interannual variations and their connection to climatic change, Thermohaline conveyor belts: Functioning and variability, Intermediate and Deep water formation: Sites and mechanisms, Eastern Mediterranean processes and the role of the Aegean Sea.