Costas J. Saitanis is Professor at the Agricultural University of Athens and Director of the Laboratory of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
Originating from Arcadia (prolly from the nearby Saitas Mt.), he completed his undergraduate 5-years Master-integrated studies (MSc, BSc) at the Agricultural University of Athens and he also received his PhD.
He has numerous international collaborations, many scientific visits abroad (in more than 20 countries/states) and he has performed sabbaticals at the Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK, USA (2011), and at the North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA (2011, 2016).
He is teaching Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses in Ecology and Environment disciplines.
He has been Leader and Partner in a number of national and international research projects.
His research is dealing with the application of advanced statistical methods in the analysis of ecological and environmental data. He also conducts research dealing with the effects of air pollution on living organisms -with emphasis paid on the toxic effects of tropospheric ozone on plants and natural ecosystems. He also studies the utilization of organisms as bioindicators/biomonitors of environmental quality – mainly for ozone and heavy metals biomonitoring.
In recent years, his research interest has expanded to hormesis phenomenon. In his recent publications he compares (and parallels) the phenomenon of hormesis in toxicology with the “Allee effect” phenomenon in intraspecific competition, but also he studies the hormesis as a response mechanism of plants against the toxic effect of ozone.
His till now published work counts a total of more than 170 publications, including > 55 paper in international scientific journals, ~ 100 presentations in (mainly International) Scientific Conferences and 5 Chapters in books (4 in English). He is also a co-author (co-editor) of 2 Books (in Greek), one of which (Population Ecology – Population Dynamics) is used as a University Textbook. He has been interviewed by several national mass media (Newspapers, Radios and TV channels) which were attracted by his research.
His published work is internationally recognized and counts ~1500 citations and a total Impact Factor = 238,4.
Finally, he has reviewed >170 manuscripts for >45 International Scientific Journals, and he is Guest Editor of the Special Issue “Bio-monitoring of Air Pollution” of the Applied Science journal.