I am an Adjunct Professor at CSUN, specializing in coral ecology. I grew up in Germany and Greece, and my studies and work have brought me to the Isle of Man (UK), Hawaii, Barcelona (Spain), and California. I am also a scientific diving instructor, have served as a diving safety officer, and am interested in communicating my research through advising environmental policy makers, as well as through journalism, photography and filmmaking.
My research focuses on benthic ecology in various ecosystems across latitudes, with a focus on ecosystem engineer taxa such as corals. My research interests include community ecology, population dynamics, ecosystem functioning, biological oceanography, conservation biology, and sustainable management of living resources. My work ranges from precious coral fishery biology and mesophotic coral ecology in the Mediterranean, to dynamics of environmental and anthropogenic disturbance on coastal habitats in southern California, Moorea (French Polynesia) and the Caribbean (US Virgin Islands). I dedicate a special interest to the somewhat understudied group of gorgonian octocorals in shallow water and mesophotic depths.