Dr. Marios Andreou has graduated from the Faculty of Biology, of the University of Athens, in 2004. During the period of his Diploma thesis he has been involved with the ecophysiological study of seed germination in rare and endemic plants of the Cyprus flora. He received a PhD in Biology from the same Department in 2010. His PhD thesis focused on the Conservation Biology of rare plants of Cyprus. Within the framework of his Thesis, Dr. Andreou has focused on identifying, mapping and recording of priority species (Arabis kennedyae, Chionodoxa lochiae, Pinguicula crystallina subsp. crystallina and Scilla morrisii) of the Annex II of the Directive 92/43/EEC in Cyprus. He has also focused on the elaboration of monitoring plans and the systematic monitoring (applied in Cyprus flora for the first time) of population size, Relative Reproductive Success, pressures and threats and habitat of the four targeted species.
The recording of the above issues contributed to the population viability analysis and the estimation of their conservation status. Specifically regarding the species A. kennedyae and P. crystallina, he studied the genetic diversity that occurs among the three small and isolated subpopulations of A. kennedyae and described the capture and digestive glands in the leaves of P. crystallina using Optical Microscope and Scanning Electron Microscope, respectively. Specific and species-targeted sound conservation and management measures, with emphasis on cases requiring immediate action, were the final proposals of his Thesis.
During his studies he was awarded by the Cyprus State Scholarship Foundation with a scholarship for his four-year bachelor degree. Moreover, part of his PhD thesis was funded by the Research Promotion Foundation of Cyprus, within the framework of the Program for the Support of Young Researchers.
His professional career has begun at the University of Athens, during his studies, where he worked as a postgraduate researcher and participated in several research projects aiming at biodiversity conservation and management of natural areas of Cyprus.
In his short professional career he has participated in five LIFE programs of the European Union, to the elaboration of a significant number of environmental studies; appropriate impact assessments; monitoring and management plans, in monitoring of plant species and habitat types of Annex I and II of the Directive 92/43/EEC and in mapping of plant species and habitat types. He has also gained considerable experience in operation of the Natura 2000 Network and in conservation and management of endangered plant species and habitat types.
During the period January 2012 - May 2012 he worked as a Visiting Lecturer for the course of ‘Plant Physiology’ at the Department of Biological Sciences of University of Cyprus. Also, during the period March 2014 - May 2014, he worked as a Visiting Lecturer for the course of ‘Biodiversity and Education’ under the MSc Program ‘Education for the Environment and Sustainable Development’ of the Frederick University.
His research interests focus on the aspects of biodiversity and conservation biology, as well as on plant physiology and seed ecophysiology. Specifically, he emphases on the issues of nature management, mapping and monitoring of threatened plant species and habitat types, reproductive biology, recording of threats and pressures and, finally, on the proposal of sound (in situ, inter situ) conservation and management measures of flora and habitat types. Within the framework of ex situ conservation, Dr. Andreou focuses on the study of seed germination and ‘breaking’ of seed dormancy for the development of seed germination protocols.
Dr. Andreou has participated in important local and international scientific conferences and seminars, concerning biodiversity, conservation biology and ecological restoration. Part of his research work has been published in international scientific journals and in national and international conferences proceedings after review.