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Nature Conservation Unit - Elli Tzirkalli


Elli Tzirkalli obtained her Bachelor's degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Management from Ioannina University, Greece. In 2007 she received her master's degree in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Since 2009, she is a PhD candidate at the Department of Biological Applications and Technology, University of Ioannina. Her PhD study focuses on biodiversity distribution patterns regarding local climate change at two Natura 2000 sites in Cyprus (Troodos National Forest Park and Madari).

Elli has a keen interest in the analysis of biodiversity patterns, the effects of climate change on biodiversity and the ecology of butterflies with experience in several research and conservation projects in Cyprus, Greece and the UK. She actively participated in CRETAPLANT project ("A Pilot Network of Plant Micro-Reserves in Western Crete" - LIFE04NAT/GR/000104) funded through the EU LIFE programme. She also worked as a Research Officer for Terra Cypria, the Cyprus Conservation Foundation and Laona Foundation for the Conservation and Regeneration of the Cypriot Countryside.

She has been awarded with a three year funding from the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus, within the framework of the 2009-2010 Programme for the Support of Young Researchers,  to carry out her PhD research project.

Elli is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology, the International Biogeography Society and the Hellenic Zoological Society. She has presented her research work at various scientific conferences concerning biodiversity conservation and ecology.

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