Fields of Expertise & Research Interests

I carry out research in two main fields……“Quantitative Ecology” and “Environmental Pollution”
Including:

  • Quantitative Ecology (…data processing)
    In the framework of this domain I conduct or participate in research studies dealing with: Advanced statistics applied to ecological and environmental data analysis. Population ecology and population dynamics. Species association. Biodiversity measure – alpha-beta-gamma Diversity. Spatial patterns – SADIE analysis. Optimum sample size. Numerical ecology methods (cluster analysis, principal component analysis, factor analysis, RDA,…).
  • Environmental pollution (…experimental research)
    In the framework of this domain I conduct or participate in research studies dealing with: Urban air pollutants’ dynamics – diurnal and seasonal patterns. Effects of ozone on cultivated plants and natural ecosystems. Instrumental monitoring and phytodetection of ground level ozone in urban, suburban, agricultural and forest areas, using ozone bioindicator plants (Bel-W3, white clover and snap beans biomonitoring tools). Laboratory experimental studies of ozone effects on plant physiology parameters (chlorophyll fluorecence and photosynthesis, chlorophyll content, phaeophytins, carotenoids, SOD enzyme, etc.). Biomonitoring of heavy metals in urban and industrial environments using street-belt ornamental plants and mosses bags. Mobility of radionuclides in the soil-roots-plant system. Hormesis phenomenon in environmental toxicology…

Highlights

  • Statistical Ecology
  • Population Ecology – Population Dynamics
  • Atmospheric pollution levels and spatiotemporal patterns
  • Tropospheric ozone phytotoxicity assessment
  • Ambient ozone and heavy metals biomonitoring with higher plants
  • Lichens as air quality bioindicators / biomonitors
  • Antiozonant substancies protecting plants against ozone
  • Hormesis phenomenon in Toxicology, Environmental Toxicology and Eco-toxicology

Research Projects

  • “Study of the effects of tropospheric ozone on cultivated plants – Protections methods”.

    EPEAEK – “Pythagoras” Project, 2004-2008.

  • “Ambient ozone in Greece and Ukraine: its potential phytotoxicity study and screening of natural antioxidants perspective for plant protection from ozone damage”.

    A Greece-Ukraine bilateral Project. GSRT. Period: 2005-2008.

  • “Studying radionuclides migration in sloping agro ecosystems of Greece”

    Biennial Project (2001-2003) supported by the Secretary of Research of Agricultural University of Athens. Project Number 23.02. 122. Period: 2001-2003.

  • “Revitalization of urban ecosystems through vascular plants: assessment of technogenic pollution impact” (GARDEN CITY)

    A multinational (Bulgaria-Greece -Romania-Russia-Serbia-Turkey) Research Project funded by the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC). Period: 2008-2010.

  • “A Study of the effects of tropospheric ozone in biomass production and insect fauna composition of bioindicator plants species in Egypt and Greece”

    A Greece-Egypt bilateral Project. GSRT. Period: 2007-2008.

  • “Research and technological cooperation for the selection and recommendation of substrates and plant compositions for green roofs”. Urban BioRoof.

    A Greece-China bilateral cooperation ESPA project. Project Leader: Panagiοtis Nektariοs. Period: 2012-2014.

  • “A study of the efficacy of ozone as environmental friendly insecticide for stored grains protection alternative to Methyl Bromide, Carbon dioxide, Phosphine and other environmental toxicants”

    A Greece-Egypt bilateral Project. GSRT. Project leader: Christοs Athanasiοu. Period: 2007-2008.

  • “Effects of the firs’ (Abies chephalonica) honey-producing insect (Marchalina hellenica) on the quantitative and qualitative honey production”

    Project Leader: Dr. N. Bakaηdritsοs

  • “Development of a model Forecasting honey production of pine and fir honeydew insects”

    Project Leader: Dr. S. Gουnari (Year: 2012)

  • “The use of Oxilic acid for the protection of bees againts Varroa destructor”

    Project Leader: Ph. ChatΖina. Year 2005-2007

  • “Instrumental monitoring and biomonitoring of tropospheric ozone in areas around Athens (Marathon, Spata) and a Study of its Macroscopic Effects on Vegetables”

    Greece-Italy Bilateral Project ID Number 9513514 EPPET II / 2.5. GSRT. Project Leader Prof. M. Karandinοs. Period: 1999–2001.

  • “Bioindicators-Biomonitors of air pollution”

    Greece-Hungary bilateral Project ID Number NP-2361/94 – GSRT, Project Leader Prof. M. Karandinοs. Period: 1994–1996.

  • “Effects of air pollution on flora with emphasis on the effect on certain plants agricultural importance”

    Project Leader: Professor Michael Karandinοs. Duration: 12.01.1990 – 31-12-1991

  • “Aphid and viruses transferred by Aphids”

    ΕΠΕΤ ΙΙ-453. Project Leader J. Tsitsipis. Sub-Project Leader Prof. M. Karandinos. Period: 1995 – 1999.

  • “Rehabilitation of Soil and Surfaces after Accident” (EURO-RESAC), sub-project 7: “Efficacy of the non-lethal defoliation and ecotoxicological impact of the countermeasures used for the recovery of agricultural areas” (EC-DGXII)

    Radiation Protection Programme. Contract Nr. FI3P-CT92-0013.Project Leader Gerasimοs Αrapis. Period: 1992-1995.

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