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I am a researcher at the Forest Research Institute of the Hellenic Agricultural Organization. My focus is to understand soil-plant-atmosphere interactions and ecosystem dynamics, through the combined use of field observations and process-based models. I mainly work in Tropical and Mediterranean Ecosystems. My work spans from the fields of Functional Ecology and Ecophysiology to that of Ecosystem Modelling and Ecoinformatics.

I am trained as a mechanical engineer (National Technical University of Athens) and hold a PhD in Forest Ecology and Modelling (Department of Environment, University of the Aegean). I was a Marie-Curie Fellow at the Ecology & Global Change Group, School of Geography, University of Leeds and have also worked as a researcher in the Ecosystems Group of the Environmental Change Institute, School of Geography & the Environment, University of Oxford and at the Department of Ecology and Systematics, Faculty of Biology, University of Athens.

Current Research

Modelling Ecosystem Dynamics

I am coordinating the development of the Trait-based Forest Simulator (TFS), a trait-spectra and individual-based model that uses trait distributions to represent functional tree diversity and alternative plant strategies at simulations of forest dynamics. With colleagues from around the world, we are developing versions of the model with different levels of ecophysiological detail. A fully physiological-based version of the model is described here. A detailed hydraulic scheme can be found here. A simplified version of TFS which is currently developed for larger scale applications is presented here. Please contact me for additional info and latest code developments.

Quantifying Ecosystem Processes along Environmental Gradients

I am coordinating a network of forest plot measurements across the Greek mountains (MEDIT), with an ultimate goal to understand forest ecosystem dynamics under global change.

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I am also collaborating with the Ecosystems Group to integrate a uniquely rich dataset of forest structural, functional and C-flux data with TFS, aiming to understand forest productivity across the world’s Tropical regions and the vulnerability of these ecosystems to global change.

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