Zeri Christina

by / Monday, 17 November 2014 / Published in people

Position: Associate Researcher

Contact Info

Institute: Oceanography
Address: HCMR, 46.7 km Athens – Sounio ave., P.O. Box 712, P.C.19013, Anavyssos Greece
Tel: +302291076387
Telex: +302291076347


Christina Zeri is a chemist – oceanographer at the Institute of Oceanography, HCMR, since 1996 and holds an Associate Researcher position since 2006.

She completed her doctoral training at the Dept of Chemistry, University of Athens in 1995. Her thesis focused on the application of mineral magnetic methods for tracing pollution records in recent sediments. The work coupled the information obtained from sediment chemistry with that of the magnetic features of sediments in the Gulf of Lions and the NW Mediterranenan Sea. It was carried out in the framework of the EU project EROS-2000. During the years 1990-91, Christina Zeri has earned an EU ‘Grants Action’ grant in order to visit the University of Liverpool, Dept of Geography and be trained on the magnetic methodology by prof. F. Oldfield.

At HCMR, her research focuses on trace metal and natural organic matter biogeochemistry. She has gained expertise on trace metal cycling in the water column, interactions between trace metals and organic matter, marine pollution-toxicity by heavy metals, biogeochemistry and optical properties of dissolved organic matter (DOM-CDOM).

She has active participation, principal investigator, in several European projects focusing on the biogeochemical processes in the Mediterranean Sea such as PERSEUS-IP, SESAME, MEDEX/MARINERA, MTPII-MATER; METROMED/ELOISE; INTERREG I; KEYCOP; INTERREG II; INTERPOL, MEDPOL. She is also involved and coordinates many national projects concerning the management of various Greek coastal areas with multiple anthropogenic pressures.

She is also a part-time lecturer (2008 –today) at the Laboratory of Environmental Chemistry, Dept of Chemistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She co-teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in ‘Marine Chemistry’ and ‘Management of Aquatic Ecosystems’.

Education and training

1985 Diploma in Chemistry, Dept of Chemistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
1995 Ph.D. in Chemical Oceanography, Dept of Chemistry, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
1990-91 University of Liverpool, Grant holder from the EU ‘Grants Action’.
1989 “Marine Biogeochemistry Course” organized by European Institute for Advanced Studies in Oceanography and the Council of Europe, Villefranche sur Mer, France

Professional Profile

2006-present: Associate Researcher, Institute of Oceanography, HCMR
2000-2006: Research Scientist (permanent position), Institute of Oceanography, HCMR
1996-2000: Research Scientist (under contract), Institute of Oceanography, HCMR
1986 – 1994: Research Scientist (under contract), Dept of Chemistry, University of Athens.

Scientific and Professional Memberships

Greek Chemists’ Association
Greek Oceanographers’ Association
Greek Researchers’ Association
Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment (Elliniki Etairia)
Member of the GEOTRACES-Mediterranean network

Research Interests

Trace metals in the open sea
Biogeochemical cycles of trace metals in the coastal zone
Heavy metal pollution form industrial slug dumping
Trace metal chemistry in water-sediment interface
Marine dissolved organic matter and optical properties of CDOM
Environmental magnetism in marine sediments
Microplastics in the marine environment and solid waste management

Reviewer in International Journals

Journal of Marine Systems, Chemosphere, Journal of plankton Research, Mediterranean Marine Science

Zeri C., Pitta, E., Tzortziou, M., Dimitriou, E., Paraskevopoulou, V., Dassenakis, E. and M., Scoullos, 2011, ‘Seasonal dynamics of dissolved organic matter in a trans-boundary Mediterranean River, the Evros/Maritsa/Meric Nehri’, Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science (under review).

Dimitriou E., Mentzafou A., Tzortziou M. and Zeri C., 2011, “Groundwater pollution risk assessment and water quality impacts at a transboundary river catchment”, Environmental and Earth Sciences Journal, (under review).

Katharios, P., Papadaki, M., Ternengo, S., Kantham, P.K., Zeri C., Petraki, P.E., Divanach, P., 2011 “Chronic ulcerative dermatopathy in cultured marine fishes. Comparative study in sharpsnout sea bream, Diplodus puntazzo (Walbaum)”, Journal of Fish Diseases, 34, 459–474doi:10.1111/j.1365-2761.2011.01257.x

Pavlidou, A., Hatzianestis, I., Zeri Ch., Rouselaki, E., 2011. ‘Chemistry of Submarine Groundwater discharge in Kalogria Bay, Messinia-Greece’. In Environmental Earth Sciences Book Series: «Advances in the Research of Aquatic Environment». Lambrakis, N., Stournaras, G., Katsanou, K. (Eds), Volume 2, pp. 229-237, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-24076-8_27.

Pavlidou A., Kontoyiannis H., Anagnostou Ch., Siokou-Frangou I,. Pagou K, Krasakopoulou E., Assimakopoulou G., Zervoudaki S., Zeri Ch., Hatzianestis 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.

Dassenakis M., Zeri C., Kaberi H., 2005. Heavy metals in sea water. In: ‘State of the Hellenic Marine Environment (SoHelME 2005)’, E. Papathanassiou & A. Zenetos (eds) 360 pp, HCMR Publ., Athens, Greece. pp.: 148-152.

Zeri C., Kontoyiannis, H., Giannakourou, A., 2009, “Distribution, fluxes and bacterial consumption of total organic carbon in a populated Mediterranean Gulf”, Continental Shelf Research, 29, 886-895.

Voutsinou-Taliadouri F., Varnavas S.P., Zeri C., 2005. Heavy metals in surface sediments. In: ‘State of the Hellenic Marine Environment (SoHelME 2005)’, E. Papathanassiou & A. Zenetos (eds) 360 pp, HCMR Publ., Athens, Greece. pp.: 153-156.

Zeri C., Hatzianestis I., 2005, “Distribution of total dissolved and C-18 extractable copper and nickel in relation to dissolved organic matter sources, in the Thermaikos Gulf (eastern Mediterranean)”, Journal of Marine Systems, 58, 143-152.

Zeri C., 2004, Dissolved zinc in North Aegean seawater (Eastern Mediterranean), Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 13, 2.

Price B., Karageorgis A., Kaberi E., Zeri C., Krasakopoulou E., Voutsinou-Taliadouri F. and F. Lindsay 2004, Temporal and spatial variations in the geochemistry of major and minor particulate and selected dissolved elements of the Thermaikos Gulf, northwestern Aegean Sea, Continental Shelf Research, Vol. 25, Issues 19-20, 2428-2455.

Zeri C. and H. Kaberi, 2003, “The influence of the Dardanelles outflow on the biogeochemistry of the northern Aegean”, Ocean Challenge, 13, 2, 44-48 (published summer 2004).

Zeri C. and F. Voutsinou-Taliadouri, 2003, Processes affecting the distribution of dissolved trace metals in the North Aegean Sea (Eastern Mediterranean), Continental Shelf Research, 23, 9, 919-934.

Zeri C., F. Voutsinou-Taliadouri, A.S. Romanov, E.I. Ovsjany and A. Moriki, 2000, A comparative approach for dissolved trace elements of two interconnected basins: Black Sea and N. Aegean Sea, Marine Pollution Bulletin, 40, 8, 666-673.

Voutsinou-Taliadouri F., C. Zeri, A. Moriki, 2000, Distribution and transfer of trace elements in the Aegean seawater (Eastern Mediterranean Basin), Mediterranean Marine Science, vol 1, issue 2, 5-30.

Zeri C., M. J. Scoullos, 1998, ‘An integrated magnetic – chemical approach for the study of iron in Rhone estuary sediments’, Oceanologica Acta, 21, 1, 81-86.

Scoullos M., Dassenakis M. and Zeri C., 1996, Trace metal behaviour during summer in a stratified Mediterranean system: The Louros estuary (Greece), Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 88, 269-295.

Zeri C., M.J. Scoullos, 1995, Correlations between magnetic parameters and copper in surface sediments of the NW Mediterranean, Water Pollution Research Report No 32, 259-264, (J.M. Martin & H. Barth, eds).

Scoullos M.J., C. Zeri, 1993, Study of the transport and sedimentation of particles in the Gulf of Lions (N.W. Mediterranean) employing mineral magnetic measurements, Oceanologica Acta, 16,1, 53-61.

Scoullos M.J., C. Zeri, 1993, Magnetic measurements of recent sediments of the N.W. Mediterranean, Water Pollution Research Report, No 30, 243-249 (J.M. Martin & H. Barth, eds).

Zeri C., M.J. Scoullos, 1992, Magnetic parameters in relation to the source of recent sediments of the N.W. Mediterranean, Water Pollution Research Report, No 28, 451-467, (J.M. Martin & H. Barth, eds).

Scoullos M.J., C. Zeri, F. Oldfield, D. France, 1990, Investigations on magnetic properties of sediments of the Rhone estuary and the Gulf of Lions, Water Pollution Research Report No 20, 547-561, (J.M. Martin & H. Barth, eds).

Ζeri C., Papageorgiou K., 1990, «Water Supply in Greece», In: European Environmental Yearbook, Institute for Environmental Studies, Milan, DocTeur, pp.617-618

Scoullos M.J., C. Zeri, F. Oldfield, 1989, Preliminary results of mineral magnetic measurements of the Rhone estuary and the Gulf Lions, Water Pollution Research Report No 13, 341-353, (J.M. Martin & H. Barth, eds).

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