Katerina Vourka

---Katerina Vourka

Katerina Vourka

Scientific Personnel

Tel: +30-22910-76335
Fax: +30-22910- 76419

Short CV

  • BSc in Biology – specialization in «Biodiversity, ecology and environment», Department of Biology, University of Patras (2009)
  • MSc in Ecological water quality and management at a river basin level, by the Schools of Biology, Geology and Civil Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (2011)

Since 2013, she holds a position as a research assistant in Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters. During 2007-2008, she has worked as a research assistant at the Department of Biology, University of Patras and during February to May 2011 as a research assistant at the School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

She has more than 10 years of experience in ecological quality assessment of freshwater ecosystems based on biotic communities under the Water Framework Directive requirements. Her major research interests focus on: i. ecological quality monitoring and assessment of freshwater ecosystems based on biological, physicochemical and hydro-morphological quality elements, ii. taxonomy and ecology of freshwater benthic macroinvertebrates, phytoplankton and zooplankton, and iii. assessment of river habitat and riparian zone quality.

Since 2007, she has participated in 6 national and international projects. She has contributed 5 papers in peer-reviewed journals, participated in 9 conferences with oral and poster presentations and co-authored 3 technical reports.


  • Karaouzas, I., Theodoropoulos C., Vourka A., Gritzalis K., Skoulikidis N.Th. (2019). Stream invertebrate communities are primarily shaped by hydrological factors and ultimately fine-tuned by local habitat conditions. Science of the Total Environment, (in press).
  • Karaouzas, I., Smeti E., Vourka A., Vardakas L., Mentzafou A., Tornés E., Sabater S., Muñoz I., Skoulikidis N.Th. & Kalogianni Ε. (2018). Assessing the ecological effects of water stress and pollution in a temporary river – Implications for water management. Science of the Total Environment, 618: 1591–1604.
  • Theodoropoulos, C., Vourka A., Skoulikidis N., Rutschmann P. & Stamou A., (2018). Evaluating the performance of habitat models for predicting the environmental flow requirements of benthic macroinvertebrates. Journal of Ecohydraulics, 3(1): 30–44.
  • Kalogianni, Ε., Vourka A., Karaouzas I., Vardakas L., Laschou S. & Skoulikidis N.Th. (2017). Combined effects of water stress and pollution on macroinvertebrate and fish assemblages in a Mediterranean intermittent river. Science of the Total Environment, 603–604: 639–650.
  • Theodoropoulos C., Vourka A., Stamou A., Rutschmann P. & Skoulikidis N. (2017). Response of freshwater macroinvertebrates to rainfall-induced highflows: A hydroecological approach. Ecological Indicators, 73: 432–442.