PhD candidate at the Biology Department of University of Crete
Irini studied Biology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and in her undergraduate thesis she focused on the mollusc biodiversity of Thermaikos Gulf. She continued her MSc studies at the University of Crete specializing in marine ecology and more specifically in the effects of organic enrichment in microphytobenthic communities using pigment analysis and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) techniques. Now, as a PhD candidate her scientific interests are orientated towards the analysis of microphytobenthic communities in marine sediments in relation to geochemical factors and the ecological role that microphytobenthos plays in organically enriched and hypoxic systems.
In the framework of HYPOXIA project she will participate in the investigation of macrofaunal and microphytobenthic communities and their response to hypoxia as well as in all the geochemical analyses being involved in WP2, WP3 and WP4.