Konstantinos (Kostas) Kougioumoutzis
I was born and raised in Athens, Greece. Back in 2002, I got accepted in the Department of Biology at the University of Patras. Little did I know then, but it would become my home for the years to come. Several great people taught there and I was lucky enough to be at a place that Botany was thriving. In my first year as a student there, I met a person that would shape me to the academic I am now and to whom I owe everything: Ass. Prof. Argyro Tiniakou. Surely Prof. Grigoris Iatrou with his larger-than-life persona and great teaching skills sparkled my interest to study plant systematics, after attending his course in my second year and helped me realize how fun it can be trying to identify the plant specimens that lay in front of you, but it was Ass. Prof. Argyro Tiniakou, that taught me how to think, write, speak scientifically, ask the right questions, push myself to the limit, broaden my horizons and properly collect, identify and store plant specimens. My M.Sc. thesis gave me the opportunity to study the flora of a volcanic Peloponnesian peninsula, while during my Ph.D. under the supervision of Ass. Prof. Argyro Tiniakou I investigated the biodiversity and biogeographical patterns of the central Aegean, as well as the flora of some islands of the Cyclades (Anafi, Folegandros, Kimolos). My research interests span from investigating island and mountain biogeographical and biodiversity patterns to assessing the effects of climate and land-use change on plant species distribution, with an emphasis on range-restricted species.
I am currently leading a research program dealing with the monitoring and conservation planning of the Greek endemic species facing extinction funded by the General Secretariat of Research and Technology (GSRT), and the Hellenic Foundation for Research & Innovation (HFRI). Finally, recently I got a scholarship from the State Scholarships Foundation (SSF) dealing with the effects of climate change on the distributional patterns of the Greek endemic plant taxa.
Even though I am an introvert who loves reading books and doing fieldwork, I really enjoy being part of a team, and I am always eager to help. You can make me easily happy if you ask me to pass on my experience and to be a mentor for early career researchers.
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