Mr Periklis Kleitou
Research Assistant-Preventing a Lionfish Invasion in the Mediterranean
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Since January, 2018, Periklis Kleitou is working for UoP with Professor Jason Hall-Spencer and Dr Sian Rees 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, ceritified for offshore work (BOSIET with HUET and EBS training, and BOSIET with Compressed Air Emergency Breathing System), first-aid qualified while during his compulsory military service in Cyprus (2009-2011) he graduated first from the 70th Navy Seal school. In addition to his work at the UoP, he is working for the Cyprus SME Marine and Environmental Research (MER) Lab, while he is strongly participating in citizen-science projects of the Greek NGO iSea (Environmental Organisation for the Preservation of the Aquatic Ecosystems).
His primary research interests include blue growth, marine conservation and education, citizen science, invasive alien species, ecology and social capital.
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