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Mr Periklis Kleitou

Research Assistant-Preventing a Lionfish Invasion in the Mediterranean

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)

Research interests

Periklis Kleitou holds a BSc in Environmental Biology and Education (University of Brighton, UK) (2011-2014) and a MSc in Sustainable Aquaculture (University of St Andrews, UK) (2014-2017). During his first degree (2011-2014), he was also working part-time in Marine and Environmental Research (MER) Lab Ltd (Cyprus), while since 2014; he started working full-time and concurrently attended a distance-learning MSc. Since January, 2018, he is concurrently working at Plymouth University on the lionfish invasion in the Mediterranean and he is a part-time PhD student; studying the social and ecological implications of lionfish presence in the basin. 

For the most part he is based in Cyprus where he has been involved and participated in several research programmes/projects related to the marine ecosystem, collection and analysis of fishery and biological data, monitoring of non-indigenous species, evaluation of anthropogenic impacts, environmental monitoring and impact assessments, habitat mapping and baseline surveys, sustainable aquaculture development as well as actions related to the dissemination and increase of the public awareness on environmental issues.

He holds good relationships with stakeholders, such as fishermen, aquaculture farmers, local and public bodies. He is a certified diver (FDI Free Diver, PADI Advanced Diver, PADI Deep Dive), boat captain, and first-aid qualified while during his compulsory military service in Cyprus (2009-2011), he graduated first of the 70th Navy Seal school. In addition to his work at MER, he is also working part-time for the University of Plymouth (UK) as a research assistant while he is strongly participating in the Greek NGO iSea (Environmental Organisation for the Preservation of the Aquatic Ecosystems); being also a member of its Board for few months.

His primary research interests include the blue growth development, marine conservation, citizen science, invasive alien species, ecology and social capital.

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Al-Mabruk SAA, Stoilas V-O, Kleitou P & Giovos I 2018 'The first record of Torquigener flavimaculosus (Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae) from Libya' International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies PEARL
Chartosia N, Anastasiadis D, Bazairi H, Crocetta F, Deidun A, Despalatovic M, Di Martino V, Dimitriou N, Dragicevic B & Dulcic J 2018 'New Mediterranean Biodiversity Records (July 2018)' Mediterranean Marine Science , DOI PEARL
Gabriele C, Valentina G, Kletou D, Kleitou P, Pansini M, Setti A, Pronzato R & Bertolino M 2018 'A first preliminary study of the shallow water sponge fauna from Cyprus Island (Eastern Mediterranean)' Zootaxa , DOI PEARL
Giovos I, Kleitou P, Paravas V, Marmara D, Romanidis-Kyriakidis G & Poursanidis D 2018 'Citizen scientists monitoring the establishment and expansion of Pterois miles (Bennett, 1828) in the Aegean Sea, Greece' Cahiers de Biologie Marine 59, (4) , DOI PEARL
Nguyen HM, Kleitou P, Kletou D, Sapir Y & Winters G 2018 'Differences in flowering sex ratios between native and invasive populations of the seagrass Halophila stipulacea' Botanica Marina , DOI PEARL
Giovos I, Keramidas I, Antoniou C, Deidun A, Font T, Kleitou P, Lloret J, Matic-Skoko S, Said A & Tiralongo F 2018 'Identifying Recreational fisheries in the Mediterranean through Social Media' Fisheries Management and Ecology , DOI PEARL
Kletou D, Kleitou P, Savva I, Martin A, Antoniou C & Hall-Spencer J 2018 'Seagrass recovery after fish farm relocation in the eastern Mediterranean' Marine Environmental Research PEARL
Kleitou P, Kalogirou S, Marmara D & Giovos I 2018 'Coryphaena hippurus: A potential predator of Lagocephalus sceleratus in the Mediterranean Sea' International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies 6, (3) PEARL
Kleitou P, Kletou D & David J 2018 'Is Europe ready for integrated multi-trophic aquaculture? A survey on the perspectives of European farmers and scientists with IMTA experience' AQUACULTURE 490, 136-148 Author Site , DOI PEARL
Giovos I, Bernardi G, Romanidis-Kyriakidis G, Marmara D & Kleitou P 2018 'First records of the fish Abudefduf sexfasciatus (Lacepède, 1801) and Acanthurus sohal (Forsskål, 1775) in the Mediterranean Sea' BioInvasions Records , DOI PEARL
ARTICLE A C 2017 'V. Gerovasileiou et al.: New Mediterranean Biodiversity Records (July, 2017)' Mediterranean Marine Science 18, (2) 355-355 , DOI PEARL
Bariche M, Kleitou P, Kalogirou S & Bernardi G 2017 'Genetics reveal the identity and origin of the lionfish invasion in the Mediterranean Sea' Scientific Reports 7, (1) , DOI PEARL
Kleitou P, Antoniou C, Giovos I & Kletou D 2017 'How accurately are we describing the longline bycatch? The case of the ‘rare’ shark Alopias superciliosus in eastern Mediterranean' International Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Studies PEARL
MYTILINEOU C, AKEL E, BABALI N, BALISTRERI P, BARICHE M, BOYACI YÖ, CILENTI L, CONSTANTINOU C, CROCETTA F & ÇELIK M 2016 'New Mediterranean Biodiversity Records (November, 2016)' Mediterranean Marine Science 17, (3) 794-794 , DOI PEARL
Kletou D, Hall-Spencer JM & Kleitou P 2016 'A lionfish (Pterois miles) invasion has begun in the Mediterranean Sea' Marine Biodiversity Records 9, (1) , DOI PEARL
CROCETTA F, AGIUS D, BALISTRERI P, BARICHE M, BAYHAN YK, ÇAKIR M, CIRIACO S, CORSINI-FOKA M, DEIDUN A & EL ZRELLI R 2015 'New Mediterranean Biodiversity Records (October 2015)' Mediterranean Marine Science 16, (3) 682-682 , DOI
Kleitou P, Giovos I, Tiralongo F, Doumpas N & Bernardi G 0 'Westernmost record of the diamondback puffer, Lagocephalus guentheri (Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae) in the Mediterranean Sea: First record from Greek waters' Journal of Applied Ichthyology
Posters
Bertolino M, Setti A, Gabriele C, Giussani V, Kletou D, Kleitou P, Pansini M & Pronzato R Bertolino M, Setti A, Gabriele C, Giussani V, Kletou D, Kleitou P, Pansini M & Pronzato R 0 'A survey of the shallow water sponge fauna of Cyprus island (Eastern Mediterranean)' 0 0
Kletou D, Savva I, Kleitou P, Antoniou C, Rotini A, Conte C, Migliore L, Chiquillo K, Willette D & Winters G Kletou D, Savva I, Kleitou P, Antoniou C, Rotini A, Conte C, Migliore L, Chiquillo K, Willette D & Winters G 0 'Differences in morphological, physiological and genetic traits between native and invasive populations of Halophila stipulacea' 0 0
Keramida I, Doumpas N, Kleitou P, Tiralongo F, Bernardi G, Romanidis-Kyriakidis G, Marmara D, Kampouris T & Giovos I Keramida I, Doumpas N, Kleitou P, Tiralongo F, Bernardi G, Romanidis-Kyriakidis G, Marmara D, Kampouris T & Giovos I 0 'Is it alien to you? Share it!!! Citizen scientists monitoring non-indigenous species in Greece' 0 0 PEARL
Giovos I, Barash A, Barone M, Borne D, Cecile B, Brito C, Currie J, Dornhege M, Endrizzi L & Forsberg K Giovos I, Barash A, Barone M, Borne D, Cecile B, Brito C, Currie J, Dornhege M, Endrizzi L & Forsberg K 0 'Understanding the public perception of sharks as a tool for their conservation' 0 0