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Thodoros Kampouris

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Thodoros' project is on the biodiversity and commercial restoration potential of the spiny lobster Palinurus elephas

The spiny lobster (Palinurus elephas) is, now, a relatively rare crustacean, known from Norway to the Mediterranean and as far east as Hellas.  It occupied micro-cave habitats from the shore to 200m.  Post larvae have been known to settle in holes in shallow water, but the habitats and behaviour of juveniles is otherwise pooly known.

Mollucs and sea urchins are preferred foods, but they are highly omnivourous and will also eat other crustaceans, ophuroids and coralline algae.

Fisheries for spiny lobsters using tangle-nets, pots, trammel nets and diving have reduced spiny lobsters from a common shallow coastal species to largely remnant populations.  Fisheries for this species have now virtually disappeared throughout their range, but Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) as successful at enhancing their stocks.  The increase in designated MPAs throughout the UK in 2013/14 and the proliferation of de facto MPAs amongst built structures therefore has the potential to restore populations of this species if there is sufficient knowledge of microhabitat preferences and connectivity.  The species is included in the IUCN red list and it is considered as vulnerable.

Thodoros obtained a BS degree from the Marine Science Department, University of the Aegean.  During his bachelor studies he was lucky enough to collaborate with scientific teams from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki; Technical University of Crete; and AlphaMentor Ltd and Nearhus G.P.  In 2014 he completed his MSc in Heriot-Watt University.  He volunteered on a project at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, School of Architecture entitled "Aquarium and Marine Science Centre" and was a presenter/demonstrator at educational seminars at "Tethys Wetland Park" on environmental awareneww and ecological significance of wetlands and lagoons. 

Thodoros has published 6 papers and 1 guide-book.

Thodoros is a Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS) postgraduate student jointly registered with Heriot-Watt University and the University of St Andrews.  This status allows him to work seamlessly between the two institutions.  He will also spend time working at the recently established St Abbs Marine Laboratory which will offer unique opportunities to study habitat selection in both feild and laboratory based mesocosm experiments.


Dr Bill Sanderson

Prof. Hamish Mair

Dr Mark James (St Andrews University)



Hellenic Inland Shrinp Farms

Nesbit-Cleland Trust (St Abbs Marine Lab)

St Andrews University


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Location:                          School of Life Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton Campus, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS