Alcibiades N. Economou

---Alcibiades N. Economou

Alcibiades N. Economou

Research Director

Tel: +30-22910-76393
Fax: +30-22910-76419

Short CV

  • BSc in Biology (University of Patras, Greece, 1975)
  • MSc in Marine Biology (University of Athens, Greece, 1977)
  • PhD in Fishery Biology (University of Aberdeen/Marine Laboratory, UK, 1983)

He joined the HCMR in 1988 obtaining a research position in 1996. He has been engaged in research on both marine and freshwater environments. Research activities include fish ontogeny, biology and ecology.

The study of the early life-history of fishes has been a substantial part of this research.

Current research activities include biodiversity conservation, assessments of ecological status through the use of biological indicators and historical biogeography.He has participated in 52 national and international projects and coordinated 10 projects.

He has co-supervised two PhD theses and is currently supervising three theses. He has contributed 34 papers in peer-reviewed journals, written 13 books or book chapters and more than 150 other publications (i.e. conference proceedings and poster presentations).

He serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Mediterranean Marine Science.


  • Vanhove M, Economou A, Zogaris S, Giakoumi S, Zanella D, Volckaert F, Huyse T (2013) The Gyrodactylus (Monogenea, Gyrodactylidae) parasite fauna of freshwater sand gobies (Teleostei, Gobioidei) in their centre of endemism, with description of seven new species. Parasitology Research (in press)
  • Koutsikos N, Zogaris S, Vardakas L, Tachos V, Kalogianni E, Šanda R, Chatzinikolaou Y, Giakoumi S, Economidis PS, Economou AN (2012) Recent contributions to the distribution of the freshwater ichthyofauna in Greece. Mediterranean Marine Science 13:268-277
  • Vanhove MPM, Economou AN, Zogaris S, Larmuseau MHD, Giakoumi S, Kalogianni E, Volckaert FAM, Huyse T (2012) Phylogenetics and biogeography of the Balkan ‘sand gobies’ (Teleostei: Gobiidae): vulnerable species in need of taxonomic revision. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 105:73-91
  • Zogaris S, Chatzinikolaou Y, Koutsikos NE, Economou AN, Oikonomou E, Michaelides G, Hadjisterikotis E, Beaumont WRC, Ferreira MT (2012) Freshwater fish assemblages in Cyprus with emphasis on the effects of dams. Acta Ichthyologica et Piscatoria 42:165-175
  • Skoulikidis N, Vardakas L, Karaouzas I, Economou A, Dimitriou E, Zogaris S (2011) Assessing water stress in Mediterranean lotic systems: insights from an artificially intermittent river in Greece. Aquatic Sciences Special Issue: Recent Perspectives on Temporary River Ecology 73:581-597
  • Skoulikidis N, Vardakas L, Karaouzas I, Economou A, Dimitriou E, Zoggaris S (2011) Water stress in Mediterranean lotic systems; impacts and management implications in an artificially intermittent river (Evrotas River, Greece). Aquatic Science Special issue: Recent Perspectives on Temporary River Ecology 73:581-597
  • Vanhove MPM, Kovacic M, Koutsikos NE, Zogaris S, Vardakas LE, Huyse T, Economou AN (2011) First record of a landlocked population of marine Millerigobius macrocephalus (Perciformes: Gobiidae): observations from a unique spring-fed karstic lake (Lake Vouliagmeni, Greece) and phylogenetic positioning. Zoologischer Anzeiger 250:195-204
  • Kalogianni E, Giakoumi S, Zogaris S, Chatzinikolaou Y, Zimmerman B, Economou AN (2010) Current distribution and ecology of the critically endangered Valencia letourneuxi in Greece. Biologia 65:128-139
  • Zenetos A, Pancucci-Papadopoulou MA,  Zogaris S, Papastergiadou E,Vardakas L, Aligizaki K, Economou AN (2009) Aquatic alien species in Greece: tracking sources, patterns and effects on the ecosystem. Journal of Biological Research-Thessaloniki 12:135-172
  • Zogaris S, Economou AN, Dimopoulos P (2009) Ecoregions in the southern Balkans: should their boundaries be revised? Environmental Management 43:682-697
  • Economou AN, Giakoumi S, Vardakas l, Barbieri R, Stoumboudi M, Zogaris S (2007) The freshwater ichthyofauna of Greece – an update based on a hydrographic basin survey. Mediterranean Marine Science 8:91-166
  • Ferreira T, Caiola N, Casals F, Economou AN, Fernandez-Delgado C, Granado C, Hervella F, Jalon D, Oliveira J, Pont D, Prenda J, Rogers C, de Sostoa A, Zogaris S (2007). Ecological traits of fish assemblages from Mediterranean Europe and their responses to human disturbance. Fisheries Management and Ecology 14:473-481
  • Ferreira T, Oliveira J, Caiola N, de Sostoa A, Casals F, Cortez R, Economou AN, Zogaris S, Garcia-Jalon D, Ilheu M, Martinez Capel F, Pont D, Rogers C, Prenda J (2007). Ecological traits of fish assemblages from Mediterranean Europe and their responses to human disturbance. Fisheries Management and Ecology 14:473- 481
  • Reyjol Y, Hugueny B, Pont D, Bianco PG, Beier U, Caiola N, Casals F, Cowx I, Economou A, Ferreira T, Haidvogl G, Noble R, de Sostoa A, Vigneron T, Virbickas T (2007) Patterns in species richness and endemism of European freshwater fish. Global Ecology and Biogeography 16:65-75
  • Economou AN, Barbieri R, Stoumboudi MTh (2005) Threatened fishes of the world: Leuciscus keadicus Stephanidis, 1971 (Cyprinidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 73:252
  • Poncin P, Stoumboudi MTh, Gervalle L, Barbieri R, Economou AN, Economidis PS (2005) The spawning behaviour of the endangered freshwater fish Ladigesocypris ghigii (Gianferrari, 1927). Journal of Αpplied Ιchthyology 21:225-228
  • Barbieri R, Stoumboudi MTh, Economou AN (2002) Threatened fishes of the world: Valencia letourneuxi Sauvage, 1880 (Valenciidae). Envioronmental Biology of Fishes 65: 46
  • Papaconstantinou C, Kavadas S, Tsimenidis N, Economou AN, Bazigos G (2002) Design of a system for the collection and compilation of basic fisheries statistics in the Mediterranean: A case study for Greece. Fisheries Research 57:155-167
  • Stoumboudi MTh, Barbieri R, Mamuris Z, Corsini-Foka MJ, Economou AN (2002) Threatened fishes of the world: Ladigesocypris ghigii (Gianferrari, 1927) (Cyprinidae). Environmental Biology of Fishes 65:340p
  • Barbieri R, Daoulas Ch, Psarras Th, Stoumboudi M, Economou A (2000) The biology and ecology of Valencia letourneuxi Sauvage, 1880 (Valenciidae) – Prospects for conservation. Mediterranean Marine Science 1:75-90
  • Papaconstantinou C, Economou A, Kavadas S (1998) Fisheries Information Systems in the Mediterranean. Current state and the need for integration. Cahiers Options Mediterraneennes 35:183-189
  • Daoulas C, Economou A, Stoumboudi MTh, Psarras Th, Barbieri-Tseliki R (1997) Larvae development in a landlocked population of Atherina boyeri in Lake Trichonis, Greece. Israeli Journal of Zoology 43:159-166
  • Daoulas Ch, Economou AN, Stoumboudi MTh, Psarras Th, Barbieri-Tseliki R (1997) Larvae development in a landlocked population of Atherina boyeri Risso 1810 in Lake Trichonis (Greece). Israeli Journal of Zoology 43:159-166
  • Daoulas Ch, Psarras Th, Barbieri-Tseliki R, Economou AN (1995) Early development of Pseudophoxinus stymphalicus (Cyprinidae) from lake Trichonis, Greece. Cybium 19:89-93
  • Economou AN, Daoulas Ch, Psarras Th, Barbieri-Tseliki R (1994) Freshwater larval fish from Lake Trichonis (Greece). Journal of Fish Biology 45:17-35
  • Economou AN, Daoulas Ch, Psarras Th, Barbieri-Tseliki R (1994) Further data on the reproduction and larval development of Knipowitschia caucasica (Gobiidae).Journal of Fish Biology 45:360-362
  • Daoulas Ch, Economou AN, Psarras Th, Barbieri-Tseliki R (1993) Reproductive strategies and early development of three freshwater gobies. Journal of Fish Biology 41:749-776
  • Mergos G, Papaconstantinou C, Economou A, Economou D, Bakela Z, Giannopoulou A (1992) Regional, Socio-Economic Study in the Fisheries Sector. Greece. CEE Studies, XIV/417/92, 54p.
  • Daoulas Ch, Economou AN, Bantavas I (1991) Osteological abnormalities in laboratory-reared sea-bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) fingerlings. Aquaculture 97:169-180
  • Economou AN (1991) Food and the feeding ecology of five gadoid larvae in the northern North Sea. Journal du Conseil / Conseil Permanent International pour l’Exploration de la Mer 47:339
  • Economou AN (1991) Is dispersal of fish eggs, embryos and larvae an insurance against density dependence? Environmental Biology of Fishes 31:313-321
  • Economou AN, Daoulas Ch, Economidis P (1991) Observations on the biology of Leuciscus “svallize” in the Kremasta reservoir (Greece). Hydrobiologia 213:99-111
  • Economou AN, Daoulas Ch, Psarras Th (1991) Growth and morphological development of chub, Leuciscus cephalus (Linnaeus), during the first year of life. Journal of Fish Biology 39:393-408
  • Economou AN, Pancucci-Papadopoulou A, Daoulas Ch (1988) Retention efficiency of a conical plankton net. Acta Adriatica 29:171-176
  • Economou AN (1987) Ecology of survival of some gadoid larvae in the northern North Sea. Environmental Biology of Fishes 19:241-260
  • Daoulas Ch., Economou AN (1986) Seasonal variation of egg size in the sardine (Sardina pilchardus Walb.) of the Saronikos Gulf. Causes and a probable explanation. Journal of Fish Biology 28:449-457
  • Economou AN (1984) Larval fish, east of the Shetland Islands, May 1978 and May 1979. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 64: 737-738