Leonidas Vardakas

Leonidas Vardakas

Research Associate

Tel: +30-22910-
Fax: +30-22910-419

Short CV

  • BSc in Aquaculture and Fisheries, Technological Educational Institute of Epirus, School of Agricultural Technology, Department of Aquaculture & Fisheries, Igoumenitsa (2001-2006)
  • MSc in Coastal Zone Management, Department of Marine Sciences, School of Environment, University of Aegean, Lesbos (2007-2009)
  • PhD in Department of Marine Sciences, School of Environment, University of Aegean, Lesbos (2010-2017)

Dr. Vardakas research activities include:

  • Ecological quality assessments of lotic ecosystems by using fish as indicators
  • Assessments of Drought & Post Drought effects on freshwater fish
  • Distributional Ecology of Endemic & Alien Freshwater fish
  • Conservation and Protection of Freshwater fish species

During his association with HCMR, Dr. Vardakas has participated in 12 European and National research projects and he has 27 publications in peer-review scientific journals, 2 book chapters, 1 monograph and over 30 publications in European and national conferences/scientific workshops.

Since 2012, he is participating as a research associate to the National River Monitoring Project, undertaken by HCMR.Vardakas Leonidas CV

Publications

  • Smeti E., von Schiller D., Karaouzas I., Laschou S., Vardakas L., Sabater S., Tornés E., Monllor-Alcaraz LS., Guillem-Argiles N., Martinez E., Barceló D., López de Alda M., Kalogianni E., Elosegi A., Skoulikidis N. 2018 Multiple stressor effects on biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in a Mediterranean temporary river. Science of The Total Environment 08/2018; 647., DOI:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.08.105et al. [IF: 4.900]
  • Galia T., Škarpich V., Tichavský R., Vardakas L., K. Šilhán. 2018. Longitudinal distribution and parameters of large wood in a Mediterranean ephemeral stream. [IF: 2.958]
  • Karaouzas I., Smeti E., Vourka A., Vardakas L., Mentzafou A., Tornés E., Sabater S., Muñoz I., Skoulikidis N.Th, Kalogianni E. 2018. Assessing the ecological effects of water stress and pollution in a temporary river – implications for water management. Science of the Total Environment. [IF: 4.900]
  • Vardakas L., Kalogianni E., Economou A.N., Koutsikos N., and Skoulikidis N.T. 2017. Mass mortalities and population recovery of an endemic fish assemblage in an intermittent river reach during drying and rewetting. Fundamental and Applied Limnology. [IF: 1.170]
  • Vardakas L., Kalogianni E., Papadaki C., Vavalidis T., Mentzafou A., Koutsoubas D. and Skoulikidis Th. N. 2017. Defining critical habitat conditions for the conservation of three endemic and endangered cyprinids in a Mediterranean intermittent river prior to the onset of drought. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. DOI:10.1002/aqc.2735. [IF: 3.13]
  • Piria, M., P. Simonović, E. Kalogianni, Vardakas, N. Koutsikos, D. Zanella, M. Ristovska, A. Apostolou, A. Adrović, D. Mrdak, A. S. Tarkan, D. Milošević, L. N. Zanella, R. Bakiu, F. G. Ekmekçi, M. Povž, K. Korro, V. Nikolić, R. Škrijelj, V. Kostov, A. Gregori, and M. K. Joy. 2017. Alien freshwater fish species in the Balkans -Vectors and pathways of introduction, Fish and Fisheries, doi:10.1111/faf.12242. [IF: 9.013]
  • Kalogianni E., Vourka A., Karaouzas I., Vardakas L., Laschou S., Skoulikidis Th. N. 2017. Synergistic effects of water scarcity and pollution on macroinvertebrate and fish assemblages in a Mediterranean intermittent river. Science of the Total Environment. 15;603-604:639-650, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.06.078. [IF: 4.900]
  • Skoulikidis NT, Sabater S, Datry T, Morais MM, Buffagni A, Dörflinger G, Zogaris S, del Mar Sánchez-Montoya M, Bonada N, Kalogianni E, Rosado J, Vardakas L, De Girolamo AM, Tockner K. 2017. Non-perennial Mediterranean rivers in Europe: status, pressures, and challenges for research and management. Science of the Total Environment. DOI:1016/j.scitotenv.2016.10.147. [IF: 4.900]
  • Papavlasopoulou I, Vardakas L, Perdikaris C, Kommatas D, Paschos (2013) Ornamental fish in pet stores in Greece: a threat to biodiversity? The Mediterranean Marine Science Journal (accepted)
  • 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
  • Papavlasopoulou I, Perdikaris C, Vardakas L, Paschos (2012) Enemies at the gates of biodiversity: aquarium trade of freshwater crayfish in Greece. Central European Journal of Biology
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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