Nadia Papadopoulou

When did you first find out that you wanted to be scientist? Problem solving in algebra seemed an interesting and fun way to spend time at school and geometry could be turned into arty drawings. At university, the move from maths to biology gave me the ability to both study and depict something live and beautiful.
Tell us something about your background and main research interests My background is marine benthic ecology. Taxonomy was fun for a while but more applied and problem solving work is more appealing to me now. This includes looking at policy and management options and their implications for the marine and human ecosystem (pressures and ecosystem change, ecosystem services), working on solutions (new tools) and communicating science e.g. what is Good Environmental Status (GEnS) for seafloor integrity or marine litter and what we can do about it.
What do you like most about your work? The diversity of tasks to do, the change between going for field work, being at a conference and back in the office. The opportunity to travel and to interact with different people, cultures and landscapes.
What is your role in DEVOTES project? I am involved in a number of different and equally interesting Devotes tasks and for some deliverables I have the role of a regional team leader. Currently in Wp1 we look at pressure-impact linkage frameworks, in WP2 at barriers to the MSFD implementation, in WP3 at indicators and their capacity to capture state changes and/or responsiveness to pressures and in WP6 at new Biodiversity and GEnS assessment tools.
How do you think your work in DEVOTES will contribute to the implementation of the EU marine strategy framework directive? DEVOTES will undoubtedly contribute to the implementation of the MSFD in more ways than one in more than one country: by producing new methods, refining concepts and indices, creating new tools, testing in case studies (we have a couple Greek case studies), promoting the MSFD principles beyond the DEVOTES partnership and liaising with stakeholders and other EU projects.
What´s the relevance for your institute and country to participate in DEVOTES? HCMR is a leading Marine Science Centre in the Eastern Mediterranean. HCMR is/was the coordinator of several EU projects related to the MSFD and policy-oriented research in the Mediterranean (PERSEUS, IRIS-SES, SESAME) and is/was participating in BENTHIS, ODEMM, DEFISHGEAR, CORALFISH, MEECE, COCONET, MESMA. HCMR is also involved in the HD, WFD and MSFD implementation in Greece.
What´s your recommended reading list for someone wanting to know more about marine environment and DEVOTES topic? I am in favour of open access and DEVOTES is making a lot of its research outputs openly available – visit our deliverables and publications pages on the DEVOTES website. Or just follow DEVOTES on facebook and twitter, plenty of useful links and regular quick updates!