BIO

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About

E.Symigdalas

The sea has been part of my life since I can remember. Since the beginning of my high school years I knew that I wanted to work on and explore marine ecosystems. Even though I had not learned a lot about the oceans in terms of science, I always loved to read about them and was already familiar with the environment due to my exprience in sailing. When I extended my knowledge of the marine world and became a Marine Scientist at Heriot Watt University I realized that there is nothing as magical and majestic as the ocean and the wonders that lay underneath the surface as I am sure can amaze everyone. During my field-trips and research I had the chance to visit some places around the world and capture some moments that are trully spectacular for me.

Throughout my reseasrch trips I saw that the oceans are severly damaged by several human practices such as pollution, overfishing, dregding, coastal development etc. What I realized is that the time to maintain the healthy status of such a prestine, delicate and sensitive environment is not enough and technological advancements are needed in order to help save the marine environment.  

Nowadays I am working on finding more advanced ways of monitoring the marine ecosystems and especially the coral reefs which have been significantly impacted by the human activity all over the world.

 

 

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Research Topics

Coral Reef Environment Autonomous Monitoring System (CREAMS) Concept Development 
Dec 2019 - until today

Investigation of Marine populations’ Diversity and Abundance around Dryonissi Island, Paros, Greece

Apr 2019 – Sep 2019

Frontier Fiji Marine/ Reefcheck Coral Reef Monitoring (Assistant Research Officer)

Jun 2018 – Nov 2018

Investigation of Herbivore Marine Populations’ Diversity and Abundance at Bidong and Redang Islands, Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia (April 2017-August 2017).

Apr 2017 – Aug 2017

Correlation between Posidonia sea grass and Loggerhead sea turtles nesting area choice, Kefalonia island, Greece

Jun 2015 – Sep 2015

Education 

Lloyds Maritime Academy

Certificate in Maritime Environmental Management (2020)

Heriot-Watt University

Master of Science MSc Marine Sciences (2016-2017)

University Malaysia Terengganu UMT (partly enrolled)

Master of Science MSc Marine Biology (2017)

University of Portsmouth

Bachelor of Science BSc Biology (2013-2016)

Participations 

Speaker at the 3rd Summer Workshop of the Hellenic Biodiversity Center. Topic: Underwater Photography (How to use our cameras correctly and how to approach marine life) (July 2021-August 2021) 

Link Below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTdEAXOAUDs&t=290s&ab_channel=Biodiversitygr

Presentor at the 14th International Coral Reef Symposium 2021 

Topic: Investigation of Herbivore Marine Populations' Diversity and Abundance at Bind and Redang Islands, Kuala Terengganu Malaysia and Innovative Coral Reef Monitoring Methods

Guest at the "Kalokairi Mazi" TV Show ANT1 Greek Television

Appeared on national TV as a guest for the show "Kalokairi Mazi" on ANT1 (Hosted by Nikoleta Ralli) live from Fiji islands to talk about the environmental impact of humans in the oceans and my career development until today.

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKNnwgMUcy4

Certificates

SSI Dive Guide 2016

Scientific Diver. since 2016

SSI Science of Diving 2018

PADI Rescue Diver 2015

PADI Emergency First Responder 2015

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver 2014

PADI Open Water Diver 2014

HELMEPA Associate Member since. 2020

Marine Biological Association Proffesional Member. since 2017

SEOK Hellenic Oceanographers Association Member. since 2020

Marine Conservation Society Member

REEFCHECK ECO Diver. since 2018