Since 1997, he is a research scientist at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Crete Branch) carrying out research through EU-funded research projects dealing with the use of GIS and RS technologies to the investigation of species-environment interactions, essential fish habitat mapping, ocean processes mapping, etc.
Valavanis has produced more than 35 scientific publications in the peer-reviewed literature and a number of special issues and articles in peer-reviewed scientific conferences, invited talks and seminar organisation in leading scientific symposiums in the field as well as leading participation as scientific responsible and coordination of more than 15 scientific research projects since 1996. He is the author of â€śGeographic Information Systems in Oceanography and Fisheriesâ€ť, published by Taylor & Francis in May 2002) and the author of numerous book chapters. He is the Editor of â€śEssential Fish Habitats Mapping in the Mediterraneanâ€ť, published by Springer in October 2008. Most recently, he co-edited â€śMarine Ecosystems and Sustainabilityâ€ť, published by Springer in July 2011.
He is on the Editorial Board of 3 peer-reviewed scientific journals (Scientia Marina – African Journal of Agricultural Research – Hydrobiologia) and a member of the Scientific Board of the leading conference in his field (International Symposium on GIS/Spatial Analyses in Fishery and Aquatic Sciences). Finally, he is a Member of several International and National Societies of his field (e.g. UNIGIS International, Open GIS Consortium, Hellenic Geographic Information Society).
M.Sc., Natural Resource Conservation, University of Florida, USA, 1997
B.Sc., Natural Resource Conservation, University of Florida, USA, 1994
1994â€“1995: Teaching Assistant, School of Fishery and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida, USA
1995â€“1997: Research Assistant, School of Fishery and Aquatic Sciences, University of Florida, USA
1997-2003: Research Scientist, Institute of Marine Biology of Crete, Greece
2003â€“present: Research Scientist, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Crete, Greece
Scientific and Professional Memberships
Member of the UNIGIS International
Member of the Open GIS Consortium
Member of the Hellenic Geographic Information Society
Member of Scientific Committee of the triennial International Symposium on GIS/Spatial Analyses in Fishery and Aquatic Sciences
Member of EU Expert Group EDMONET-MODEG
Valavanisâ€™ research interests are focused on the advancement of GIS and RS application to aquatic sciences. Species-environment interactions, habitat mapping, and more recently, effects of climate fluctuations to oceanographic regimes and natural resources are the major themes of his research and investigation in collaboration with European and international labs.
Valavanis VD, 2011. Identifying Essential Fish Habitats based on species-preferred living environmental conditions. The Parliament Magazine – Politics, Policy and People 324: 65.
Cochrane SKJ, DW Connor, P Nilsson, I Mitchell, J Reker, J Franco, V Valavanis, S Moncheva, J Ekebom, K Nygaard, R Serrao Santos, I Naberhaus, T Packeiser, W van de Bund, AC Cardoso, 2010. Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Guidance on the interpretation and application of Descriptor 1: Biological diversity. Report by Task Group 1 on Biological diversity for the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy.
Valavanis VD, Katara I, Palialexis A (2009). Reply to comment on Marine GIS: Identification of mesoscale oceanic thermal fronts. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 23(3), 375-378.
Valavanis VD (2008) (ed.). Essential Fish Habitat Mapping in the Mediterranean. Springer, Germany, p300.
Valavanis VD, GJ Pierce, AF Zuur, A Palialexis, A Saveliev, I Katara, J Wang (2008). Modelling of Essential Fish Habitat based on Remote Sensing, Spatial Analysis and GIS. Hydrobiologia 612(1), 5-20.
Valavanis VD, Smith C (2007). Essential Fish Habitats. In: State of Hellenic Fisheries. Papaconstantinou C, Zenetos A, Vassilopoulou V, Tserpes G (eds). HCMR Publications, Athens: 385-390.
Valavanis VD, Georgakarakos S (2007). Remote Sensing and Geographical Information Systems. In: State of Hellenic Fisheries. Papaconstantinou C, Zenetos A, Vassilopoulou V, Tserpes G (eds). HCMR Publications, Athens: 400-410.
Arvanitidis C, Valavanis VD, Eleftheriou A, Kitsos MS, Kirmtzoglou I, Petrov A, Galil B, Costello M, Faulwetter S (2006). MedOBIS: Biogeographic Information System for the Eastern Mediterranean and Black Sea. Marine Ecology Progress Series 316, 225-230.
Georgakarakos S, Koutsoubas D, Valavanis VD (2006). Time series analysis and forecasting techniques applied on loliginid and ommastrephid landings in Greek waters. Fisheries Research 78(1), 55-71.
Valavanis VD, Katara I, Palialexis A (2005). Marine GIS: Identification of mesoscale oceanic thermal fronts. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 19(10), 1131-1147.
Valavanis VD, Georgakarakos S, Kapantagakis A, Palialexis A, Katara I (2004). A GIS Environmental Modelling Approach to Essential Fish Habitat Designation. Ecological Modelling 178(3-4), 417-427.
Valavanis VD, Kapantagakis A, Katara I, Palialexis A (2004). Critical regions: A GIS-based model of marine productivity hotspots. Aquatic Sciences 66(1), 139-148.
Valavanis VD, Georgakarakos S, Koutsoubas D, Arvanitidis C, Haralabous J (2002). Development of a Marine Information System for Cephalopod Fisheries in the Greek Seas (Eastern Mediterranean). Bulletin of Marine Science 71(2), 867-882.