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Colloquium: Natural and Anthropogenic Disturbances in the Marine Environment of Cyprus

Event Details:

  • Date:       Thursday, 20 February 2020
  • Time:      Starts: 16:00
  • Venue:    The Cyprus InstituteGuy Ourisson Building, Seminar Room, 1st Floor, Athalassa Campus
  • Speaker: Dr. Louis Hadjioannou, Research Director, Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre
The colloquium will be in English and the event is open to the public.
Live streaming of the lecture will be available on The Cyprus Institute’s YouTube Channel
Live streaming is facilitated by the CySTEM project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program under Grant Agreement No. 667942.
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Marine organisms evolve naturally through gradual changes in time, in conjunction with varying environmental parameters (e.g. solar radiation, temperature, salinity, nutrient availability). Hence, any sudden changes (natural or unnatural) in the biotic or abiotic components of an ecosystem will inevitably have an impact. There are numerous examples where rapid changes have had an adverse effect on important habitats and/or vulnerable species.
Considering that the Levantine Sea, the easternmost and the least nutrient-rich part of the Mediterranean, is a marine laboratory where ecological processes develop in demanding environmental conditions due to damaging human activities and climate change, there is no lack of examples.

The lecture will look briefly on the research done in Cyprus with respect to identifying the disturbances caused by human-related activities (e.g. invasive species, over-fishing) and climate change (e.g. mortality events from increased temperatures), as well as proposed conservation measures.

About The Speaker

Louis HadjioannouDr Louis Hadjioannou is a biologist specializing in marine biodiversity/ecology of Cyprus and with expertise in the effects of marine protected areas, invasive species and artificial reefs on fisheries (and vice versa) and a special interest on the effects of natural and anthropogenic disturbances in priority habitats and vulnerable species.

He co-founded the NGO Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre in 2009, with the aim of conducting and promoting environmental research and encouraging/enhancing education and ecological awareness of the general public in Cyprus. Dr Hadjioannou is currently serving as the research director.

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Additional Info

  • Date: Thursday 20 February 2020
  • Time: Starts: 16:00
  • Speaker: Dr Louis Hadjioannou
  • Co-organisers: Research Director, Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre

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