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Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Faculty of Science - School of Biology
GR-54006 Thessaloniki   GREECE
Tel : + 30 231 099 82 68
Fax : + 30 231 099 82 79
Email :  
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Administrator - Dept. of Botany:
Ass. Prof. Sawidis Thomas
Administrator - Dept. of Zoology:
Ass. Prof. Youlatos Dionisios

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring
other: research

Main sectors of research
phytoplankton, phycology, benthic populations & communities, systematics, zoogeography, zooplankton, limnology, ecological quality of running waters, marine and freshwater fishes, fisheries, human impact on benthic and fish communities

Current major projects
* NATURA 2000 : identification, evaluation and mapping of the ecotypes and flora and fauna of Greece (funded by EU) ;
* Study of the marine macroalga Gracilaria species and the echinoderm Paracentrotus lividus and their use as biological indices (funded by : General Secretariat of Research and Technology) ;
* Mapping of Posidonia oceanica meadows (funded by : Ministry of Environment and Management) ;
* Biological and ecological studies of the endangered sea anemone species Paranemonia vouliagmenensis Doumene, England & Chintiroglou 1987 and its assemblages (funded by : General Secretariat of Research and Technology) ;
* Ecological quality of Axios river (northern Greece) (funded by : General Secretariat of Research and Technology) ;
* Streams and rivers of Stratoni and Olympiada (Chalkidiki, Greece) (funded by : TVX Hellas S.A.) ;
* Construction and casting of model experimental refuges (artificial reefs) (funded by : General Secretariat of Research and Technology) ;
* ECOMARE : ecological effects of protection in Mediterranean Marine Reserves (funded by : EU) ;
* Comparative fixed gear selectivity studies in Portugal and Greece (funded by : EU) ;
* Trammel net selectivity studies in Portugal, Spain and Greece (funded by : EU) ;
* Sustainability of fisheries resources : how the scientific basis of stock assessment and management could be improved (funded by : EU)

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 13 others : 15

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 200 teaching : 80
others : 350

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 80 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 2
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :

Other major research facilities and equipment
spectra photometers, deep-freezers, stercoscopes, microscopes, electronic and portable balances, electrofishing devices, various types of samplers (e.g. nets, Niskin bottles, grabs), portable electronic devices for in situ measurements (of e.g. pH, temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen), SCUBA diving equipment, fishing nets, other laboratory devices…

Ecosystem types available nearby
soft and hard substrata, lagoons, estuaries, lakes and rivers, Posidonia meadows, enclosed gulfs, open sea ecosystems

Areas of taxonomic expertise
cyanophyceae, Dinophyceae, macroalgae, marine phanerogams, porifera, cnidaria, polychaeta, decapoda crustacea, amphipoda, echinodermata, ascidiacea, marine & freshwater fishes

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no
accomodation facilities of the Aristotle University

Training courses
yes no
for biology teachers of secondary education

Capacity and brief description of library
more than 800 books, concerning phytoplankton, zooplankton, marine macroalgae and phanerogams, zoology, botany, marine biology & ecology, freshwater biology and ecology, limnology, aquaculture, fisheries, aquatic pollution, dynamics, statistics ;
more than 80 international scientific journals

Type of research institution
governmental, national governmental, local
international academic
private other:


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