Work Package Leader 2

Proin Amerikaniki Vasi Gournon, P.O. Box: 2214 Iraklion Crete 71003 Greece


Phone: +30 2810337752


Short CV:
B.Sc.(hons) Marine Biology, Heriot Watt University, UK (1980-1984)

Ph.D. Benthic Ecology, Glasgow University, UK (1984-1988)
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Chris Smith has been working in Greece for more than 20 years and during this time has participated as IMBC/HCMR Principal Investigator in over 20 EU-funded cooperative research projects and collaborated in more than 30 others, both national and international (very recent EU projects: DEVOTES, BENTHIS, ODEMM, CoralFish, MEECE, PreventEscape, SuSy). His main research interests include:
  • Ecosystem impacts and interactions: impacts of fishing, aquaculture and impact assessment methodologies.
  • Benthic ecology: megafaunal and macrofaunal communities and ecology, ecosystem processes and functioning, interactions of functional groups, deep water corals.
  • Invertebrate fisheries: life histories and ecology, dynamics and assessment, Nephrops norvegicus
  • Gear technologies: fishing gear selection, alternative fishing techniques (particularly trapping).
  • Technologies: application of imaging technologies (acoustic and optical), image analysis, seabed mapping and underwater platforms. He has published 30 papers in peer-reviewed international journals, 10 book chapters and has had more than 50 presentations in international conferences. He has been involved in various international committees over the years, including the ICES Benthos Ecology Working Group and Nephrops Studies Group. If you are really interested you can find his Google Scholar publishing statistics.
He was involved in the first acquisition and scientific applications of remote underwater imaging technologies in Greece and has been responsible for running HCMR’s 4 Remotely Operated Vehicle systems, supporting a wide variety of science and service projects. As well as running operations, he has several hundred hours piloting experience. The HCMR ROV systems are part of the Greek State’s response to maritime disaster and his team has been involved in the search and recovery work on a variety of helicopters, aircraft, other lost equipment and the cruise liner Sea Diamond.

For more information and citations see Google Scholar Chris Smith

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