Georgios Kazanidis

DR, PhD in Zoology

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I am a passionate marine researcher whose interests lie in the field of ecology and biodiversity of marine zoobenthos. Through participation in several surveys I have explored various marine ecosystems including seagrass meadows and cold water reefs.

Specifically, I started exploring the marine environment as an undergraduate student in Greece. My work there focused on the population dynamics and reproduction of echinoderms. Finishing my studies in Greece, I moved to the National Oceanography Centre (University of Southampton, UK) where I investigated the reproduction of a simultaneous hermaphorodite holothurian over the time series of 15 years.

Being amazed by the deep-sea world and its creatures I carried out my PhD (University of Aberdeen) in one of the most intriguing ecosystems of the world: cold-water coral reefs. There I worked on sponges and their epifauna in terms of biodiversity, trophic structure and feeding ecology highlighting important aspects about the structure and functioninng of these amazing ecosystems. After a post-doc in the University of Aberdeen working on the processing of different types of organic matter by deep-sea microbes, I moved to the University of Edinburgh. As a post-doctoral researcher in the H2020 ATLAS project I studied the impacts of human activities and climate change on deep-sea ecosystems (cold-water coral reefs, deep-sea sponge grounds). I also co-led ATLAS project's group of experts working on the implementaion of the EU's Marine Strategy Framework Directive in the deep waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. 

Since July 2020 I serve as the Scientific Project Manager of the H2020 ATLAS and iAtlantic projects. 

Education/Academic qualification

Zoology, Doctor in Philosophy, University of Aberdeen

2015 → …

Award Date: 15 Jun 2016

Ocean Sciences, Master of Research, University of Southampton

2010 → …

Award Date: 22 Nov 2010

Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment, Bachelor of Science (Honours), University of Thessaly

2008 → …

Award Date: 6 Nov 2008

External positions

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, University of Aberdeen

Feb 2016Nov 2016

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