MR GEORGIOS KAZANIDIS
1) 2012- Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Zoology
Project title: Climate change, carbon cycling and ecology of deep-sea ecosystems.
Supervisors: Professor Ursula F.M. Witte and Professor J. Murray Roberts
2) 2009 - 2010 Master of Research in Ocean Sciences (National Oceanography Centre, School of Ocean and Earth Science, University of Southampton,UK).
Average degree of taught modules:74.7/100
Thesis title: Examination of the potential effects of the "Amperima Event" on the population dynamics of the species Paroriza prouhoi (Holothuroidea: Synallactidae) in the Porcupine Abyssal Plain (NE Atlantic).
Supervisors: Professor Paul Tyler and Dr David Billett
3) 2003-2008 BSc in Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment (University of Thessaly, Greece)
Average degree: 8.79 / 10 "Excellent"
Thesis title: Population characteristics of the holothuroid Holothuria tubulosa Gmelin, 1788 in the Pagasitikos Gulf.
Supervisor: Associate Professor Dimitris Vafidis
SKILLS AND QUALIFICATIONS
- Maritime Radio Operator Certificate of Competence / Short Range Certificate (RYA)
- Open Water Diver Certificate (PADI)
- Benthic-pelagic coupling
- Trophic structure of benthic communities
- Ecophysiology (special interest in reproductive biology of echinoderms)
- Diversity and distribution of macro-and megabenthic organisms
- Effects of human activities on structure and functionality of benthic communities
- Bioactive compounds from marine invertebrates
My current research focuses on the ecophysiology and trophic ecology of deep-sea demosponges in the NE Atlantic Ocean.
In the Cold Water Reefs (CWRs) of Mingulay Reef Complex and Rockall Bank, recent surveys have revealed the existence of more than 100 sponge species. Despite their abundance, basic aspects of sponges’ biology– i.e. trophodynamics, respiration, growth- are not well understood. This situation hinders our understanding around the role of these organisms in CWRs including structure/functionality of the food web, nutrient cycling and benthic-pelagic coupling. Taking into account this paucity of information, my study has focused on the assimilation of isotopically (13C and 15N) labelled substrates (dissolved and particulate organic matter) as well as on respiration of demosponges collected from CWRs in the NE Atlantic during the “Changing Oceans” expedition on board the RRS James Cook.
Mr Alexios P. Lolas - Department of Ichthyology and Aquatic Environment, University of Thessaly
Ms Christina Mueller - Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ)
2012: Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (MASTS) Scholarship for PhD Studies at the University of Aberdeen
2009: Public Benefit Foundation "Alexander S. Onassis" Scholarship for Master Studies at the University of Southampton
2008: Thessaly Centre of Entrepreneurship and Technological Development Award ("Biofish SA")
2007: "Deligeorgis Bros Foundation" Undergraduate Award
2003-2008: Greek State Scholarships Foundation (Scholarships and Awards in all five years of Undergraduate Studies)
2003: Geotechnical Chamber of Greece Undergraduate Award
- June 2001: Degree awarded ("Excellent") from the Municipal Conservatory of Volos
- June 2004: Diploma awarded ("Very Good") from the Municipal Conservatory of Volos
Supervisor: Mrs Maria Zoumbeki
Contributions to Journals
- Kazanidis, G., Antoniadou, C., Lolas, AP., Neofitou, N., Vafidis, D., Chintiroglou, C. & Neofitou, C. (2010). 'Population dynamics and reproduction of Holothuria tubulosa (Holothuroidea: Echinodermata) in the Aegean Sea'. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, vol 90, no. 5, pp. 895-901.
[Online] DOI: 10.1017/S0025315410000251