"In the science of Biogeography the island is the first unit that the mind can pick out
and begin to comprehend" MacArthur & Wilson (1967)
Welcome to my website
I am a molecular ecologist with a strong interest in the diversity of island biota. My research combines microevolutionary approaches (phylogeography and population genetics) with a macroecological perspective to study the processes that generate and maintain biodiversity in island systems. Additionally, I apply DNA-based methodologies for species delimitation, biodiversity assessment and community ecology. Currently I am taking advantage of the enormous potential offered by Next-Generation Sequencing technologies and I use genome-wide data to enhance all aspects of my research. My favourite system is the Aegean archipelago in the Eastern Mediterranean, but I have also worked on a range of other islands and island-like systems through collaborations (e.g., Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, New Caledonia, dry tropical forest fragments in Nicaragua, alpine ecosystems on the Alps and the Pyrenees).
Twinning for European excellence in Island Biodiversity Genomics
iBioGen is an EU-funded (Horizon 2020) project, focused on island biodiversity genomics. This international initiative aims to unify protocols and applied methodologies across island systems, to improve coordination and collaboration among empirical and theoretical biologists, to bridge ecological and evolutionary perspectives to island biodiversity and to establish an EU island network of Genomic Observatories. Furthermore, the iBioGen consortium aims to stimulate research excellence in an island country (Cyprus), and promote it as a model system for integrating biodiversity genomics with conservation practice.
other recent and ongoing projects