Biodiversity Conservation Laboratory

An integral part of Department of Environment, the Biodiversity Conservation Laboratory (BCL) was officially established in 1994. BCL’s role is twofold; a) to study ecological processes related to global change dynamics, to understand mechanisms controlling the generation and maintenance of biodiversity and b) to develop regional sustainable development cases, methodologies, protocols and techniques.

The quantity and quality of BCL’s work is second to none in Greece as measured by several useful ‘performance indicators’. BCL has succeeded, after only a few years of operation, to develop several international cooperation programmes and to participate in forefront research in Europe, competitively funded by the European Union:  as an example, the BIODEPTH project has been applauded as a landmark study in ecology, and BCL was nominated together with its partners among the seven finalists for the European Science Award, The Descartes Prize 2001.

Teaching and Research Members

Andreas Y. Troumbis, Professor of Ecology, Lab Director
Triantaphyllos Akriotis, Assistant Professor
Panayiotis G. Dimitrakopoulos, Associate Professor
Konstantinos Theodorou, Assistant Professor
Yiannis G. Matsinos, Associate Professor

Research Associates

Giorgos Kokkoris
George Adamidis
George Vasios
Alexandros Galanidis
Eleni Galinou
Alexios Giannakopoulos
Vera Oikonomou
Nikolaos Fyllas

Ph.D. candidates

Ioannis Zevgolis
Eleytherios Kakalis
Chrysanthi Michelaki
Christos Oikonomou

Laboratory Teaching Staff

Niki Georgi
Erifylli Zafeiriou

Biodiversity Conservation Laboratory is located on the 2nd floor of Building Xenia B of the Department of Environment and has adequate equipment of instrumental analysis of physical, chemical and biological environmental parameters.

Laboratory equipment

Carbon/Nitrogen/Sulphur Analyzer (LECO)
Nitrogen Kjeldahl analyzer
Double beam UV-Vis Spectrophotometer
Ultrapure Water system (Millipore)
Laboratory Grinder
Refrigerators, freezers

Field equipment

Portable photosynthesis system LICOR
Automated Soil CO2 Flux System
Portable area meter
Plant canopy analyzer (Photosynthetic active radiation and leaf area meter measures)
Weather stations
Sward stick
Soil samplers
Vortis’ insect suction sampler
Bird watching equipment (e.g. binoculars, telescopes)
Bird ringing equipment
Trap for small mammals

The Biodiversity Conservation Laboratory (BCL) has participated and participates in a series of research projects of basic and applied research funded by international and national bodies. BCL has acquired an extensive network of partnerships with major institutions in Europe and Greece.

Programs of DG Research & DG-Regio/EU:

Basic Research

BIODEPTH (Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning: 1996-1998)
ECOWET (Economic and ecological assessment of wetlands: 1996-1999)
EMPOST-NET (Social Network Partners for Sustainability: 1997-2000)
BIO-FORUM (Social Conflict on Biodiversity 2000-2004)
EPIDEMIE (Effect of biological invasions in Mediterranean island ecosystems: 2000-2004)
AVEC (Vulnerability of ecosystems to global change: 2001-2005)
SMERNA (Strategic Mentoring Initiative for the Region of North Aegean: 2004-2005)
SCALES (Securing the Conservation of biodiversity across Administrative Levels and spatial, temporal, and Ecological Scales: FP7 IP Project 2009-2014)

Strategic Research

RICAMARE (Concerted Action for the Mediterranean in global change research: 1998-2002)
BIOPLATFORM (Thematic Network for Biodiversity Research Strategy: 2002-2005)

Applied Research

RITTS / INA (Innovation in the North Aegean: 2000-2002)
NAIAS (North Aegean Innovative Actions & Support: 2002-2004)
BIOBUS (Biodiversity Resources for Innovative Business Development: 2006-2008)


He has also participated in the following programs:


HRAKLEITOS II (Study of the genetic structure of sheep breed of Lesvos: 2011-2013), Ministry of Education / EU (NSRF 2007-2013)
HRAKLEITOS II (Serpentine ecology: ecosystem processes, plant functional traits and nickel accumulation and tolerance in the serpentine endemic Ni-hyperaccumulator Alyssum lesbiacum: 2011-2013), Ministry of Education / EU (NSRF 2007-2013)
PENED 2003 (Methods and Tools in management of the rural environment: 2005-2008), GSRT.
  • Adamidis, G.C., Kazakou, E., Fyllas, N.M., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G. 2014. Species adaptive strategies and leaf economic relationships across serpentine and non-serpentine habitats on Lesbos, Eastern Mediterranean. PLoS ONE, 9 (5), art. no. e96034.
  • Aloupi M., Kazantzidis S., Akriotis T., Bantikou E., Hatzidaki V.-O. (2015). Lesser White-fronted (Anser erythropus) and Greater White-fronted (A. albifrons) Geese wintering in Greek wetlands are not threatened by Pb through shot ingestion. Science of The Total Environment, 527–528, 279-286.
  • Bocedi, G., Palmer, S.C.F., Pe’er, G., Heikkinen, R.K., Matsinos, Y.G., Watts, K., Travis, J.M.J. 2014. RangeShifter: A platform for modelling spatial eco-evolutionary dynamics and species’ responses to environmental changes. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 5 (4), 388-396.
  • Theodorou, K., Couvet, D. 2015. The efficiency of close inbreeding to reduce genetic adaptation to captivity. Heredity, 114(1), 38-47.
  • Troumbis A.Y. 2015. Disruptions in environmental sciences: tracking changes in scientific priorities and concepts (1970-2014). Aegean Journal of Environmental Scieneces, 1: 62-71.