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. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10531-021-02125-7→ Open 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. https://doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.CH.2021.RA.1.en → Open Access Repository