Assimakopoulou Georgia

by / Thursday, 13 November 2014 / Published in people

Position: Research Assistant

Contact Info

Institute: Oceanography
Address: 46,7 Km Athens – Sounio Avenue, Anavyssos 19013, P.O. 712 Greece


Mrs Georgia Assimakopoulou is a Biological Oceanographer and works as Research Assistant at the Institute of Oceanography of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR).
She has been involved in many studies of coastal and open sea areas and she has participated in many national and international projects, Southern European Seas: Assessing and Modelling Ecosystem changes (SESAME)/EC, FACTS, Fluxes in the Aegean of Carbon and Thorium Study (Collaboration HCMR with Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island), Transfer and Fate of Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) toxins in European Marine Waters (FATE)/EC, Monitoring projects on greek gulfs (Messiniakos, Thermaikos, Saronikos Gulf), Key coastal processes in the mesotrophic Skagerrak and the oligotrophic Northern Aegean: a comparative study» (ΚΕΥCOP)/ (EU-MAST-III), Impact of natural and trawling events on re-suspension, dispersion and fate of pollutants» (INTERPOL).
She has trained at Flow Cytometry methods in Research and Technology Centre (FTZ), Working Group Applied Physics/ Marine Technology (APM), University of Kiel, Germany. She has participated in thr Course “The Role of Flow Cytometry in Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning” sponsored by MARBEF, an EU Framework VI Network of Excellence at Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn Naples, Italy.
She is author and co-author in 11 peer-reviewed scientific journals, 45 scientific papers presented at International and National Conferences with proceedings and in more than 35 technical reports.
She will defend her doctoral Thesis in University of Kiel on October 2011 with theme “Plankton distribution in Eastern Mediterranean Sea”.
Education Profile
• M.Sc in Marine Biology, Institute of Ecology and Zoology, Section of Biology, FU Berlin, Germany, 1993.
• Diplom in Biology, Institute of Ecology and Zoology, Section of Biology, FU Berlin, Germany, 1992.
Professional Profile
• Research Assistant, Institute of Oceanography, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece.
Scientific and Professional Memberships
Member of the Greek Oceanographers Association

Research Interests
Ecology and Physiology of Marine Phytoplankton: Spatial, seasonal and inter-annual variability of phytoplankton parameters. Phytoplankton structure and functioning in coastal and open sea areas. Influence of environmental factors on phytoplankton structure and growth rates. Phytoplankton relationships with abiotic and biotic parameters in the pelagic food web (field and lab experiments). Study of autotrophic picoplankton.
Primary Production – Biological Processes – Carbon Flow: In the frame of phytoplankton ecology and environmental factors influencing photosynthesis. Bioassays or enrichment experiments in field (natural populations in situ studies) and lab (phytoplankton cultures) in relation to phytoplankton physiology and rates. Assessment of the phytoplankton contribution to carbon flow in pelagic food webs
Ecosystems impacted by human activities: Phytoplankton and environmental parameters studies in coastal areas presenting eutrophication problems due to pollution. Time series analysis of the trophic and ecological status of coastal marine areas. Phytoplankton taxonomy. Implementation of statistical methods to phytoplankton ecology.
Flow cytometric and microscopic analysis of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells in the frame of Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning.

• Pagou K., Krasakopoulou E., Pavlidou A., Assimakopoulou G., Kontoyiannis H. & Anagnostou Ch., 2001. Inner Thermaikos Gulf (NW Aegean Sea, E. Mediterranean): a preliminary approach. In: Dupra V. et al. (eds) “Coastal and Estuarine Systems of the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions: carbon, nitrogen and phosphorous fluxes” LOICZ Reports and Studies, No 19, i+101 pages, LOICZ, Texel, The Netherlands, pp.: 6-11. (LOICZ website:
• Ignatiades, L., Psarra, S., Zervakis, V., Pagou, K., Souvermezoglou, E., Assimakopoulou, G., Gotsis-Skretas, O., 2002. Phytoplankton size-based dynamics in the Aegean Sea (Eastern Mediterranean). Journal of Marine Systems 36 (1-2).
• Zervakis, V., Krassakopoulou, E., Assimakopoulou, G., Renieris, P., Ballas, A., Mallios, A. & E. Papageorgiou, 2003. In situ calibrations of biofouling-prone oceanographic sensors in the framework of the POSEIDON project. Building the European Capacity in Operational Oceanography, Proceedings of the Third International Conference on EuroGOOS, 3-6 December 2002, Athens, Greece, Elsevier Oceanography Series, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 373-375.
• Kontoyiannis H, Balopoulos E, Gotsis-Skretas O, Pavlidou A, Assimakopoulou G, Papageorgiou E., 2004. The hydrology and biochemistry of the Cretan Straits (Antikithira and Kassos Straits) revisited in the period June 1997-May 1998. Journal of Marine Systems 53 (1-4): 37-57.
• Psarra, S., Ignatiades, L.,Pagou, K., Assimakopoulou, G., Gotsis-Skretas, O., Tselepides, A. & P. Raimbault, 2004. Effects of oligotrophy gradients on pelagic primary production in the Aegean Sea (Eastern Mediterranean). Rapp. Comm. Int. Mer. Medit, 37: 237
• Giannakourou A., Orlova T., Assimakopoulou G., Pagou K., 2005. Dinoflagellate cysts in Recent Marine Sediments from Thermaikos Gulf, Greece: Effects of resuspension events on vertical cyst distribution. Continental Shelf Research 25, 2585-2596.
• Price N.B., A.P. Kαρrageorgis, H. Kaberi, C. Zeri, E. Krasakopoulou, F. Voutsinou-Taliadouri, F. Lindsay, Assimakopoulou G., K. Pagou, 2005. Temporal and spatial variations in the geochemistry of major and minor particulate and selected dissolved elements of Thermaikos Gulf, Northwestern Aegean Sea. Continental Shelf Research 25, 228-2455.
• Zervoudaki, S., E. D. Christou, T. G. Nielsen, I. Siokou-Frangou, G. Assimakopoulou, A. Giannakourou, M. Maar, K. Pagou, E. Krasakopoulou, U. Christaki and M. Moraitou-Apostolopoulou, 2007. The importance of small-sized copepods in a frontal area of the Aegean Sea. Journal of Plankton Research 29(4), 317–338.
• Lepore K., S.B. Moran, A.B.Burd, G.A. Jackson, J. N. Smith, R.P. Kelly, H. Kaberi, S. Stavrakakis, G. Assimakopoulou, 2009. Sediment trap and in-situ pump size-fractionated POC/234Th ratios in the Mediterranean Sea and Northwest Atlantic: Implications for POC export. Deep-Sea Research I 56 (2009) 599–613.
• Pavlidou A., Kontoyiannis H., Anagnostou Ch., Siokou-Frangou I,. Pagou K, Krasakopoulou E., Assimakopoulou G., Zervoudaki S., Zeri Ch. Chatzianestis J. and Psyllidou-Giouranovits R., 2010 «Biogeochemical Characteristics in the Elefsis Bay (Aegean Sea, Eastern Mediterranean) in relation to anoxia and climate changes» in: E. Yakushev (ed) Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, Springer-Verlag, Volume 4E / 1999 – Volume 12 / 2010. DOI 10.1007/698_2010_55, Springer Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2010.
• Zervoudaki S., Christou E.D., Assimakopoulou G., Gucu A.C., Örek H. Terbiyik T., Ycel N., Giannakourou A., Moutsopoulos T., Pagou K., Pitta P., Psarra S., Ozsoy E., Papathanassiou E., 2010. Composition, production and grazing of copepods in the Turkish Straits System and the adjacent northern Aegean Sea. Journal of Plankton Research, p. 1-36.
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