Bravo to Konstantina Spiliopoulou, awarded a PhD

Congratulations to Inspire4Nature fellow Konstantina Spiliopoulou, who successfully defended today her PhD thesis on “Tracking changes in protection of Greek Key Biodiversity Areas”. Following a public defense, the PhD degree was awarded with Distinction by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

This project was a collaboration between Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (supervisor: Maria Stoumboudi), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (supervisors: Will Darwall and Thomas Brooks), the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (supervisor: Kostas Triantis), plus BirdLife International (collaborator: Stu Butchart).

Konstantina’s PhD work has already led to three publications:

Spiliopoulou, K., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G., Brooks, T.M., Kelaidi, G., Paragamian, K., Kati, V., Oikonomou, A., Vavylis, D., Trigas, P., Lymberakis, P., Darwall, W., Stoumboudi, M.Th. & Triantis K.A. (2021) The Natura 2000 network and the ranges of threatened species in Greece. Biodiversity and Conservation 30, 945–961. Access Repository

Spiliopoulou, K., Brooks, T., Butchart, S. H.M., Plumptre, A. J. (2021). Implementing and Monitoring Global Biodiversity Targets and Sustainable Development Goals. In: Key Biodiversity Areas, pp. 146-152. CEMEX & Earth in Focus Inc., British Columbia Canada. → Open Access Repository (full book available here).

Starnes, T. & Spiliopoulou, K. (2021) Key Biodiversity Areas. In: T. Starnes & W.R.T. Darwall (eds.) Identification and validation of Western African freshwater Key Biodiversity Areas, pp 102-122. IUCN, Gland, Switzerland. Access Repository