Brief academic biography
(2012) Diploma in biology, specialization in ecology, School of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
(2014) Master’s degree in Physics of Complex Systems, Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems, Universitat de les Illes Balears.
(2014-…) PhD candidate in the Mathematics Department, Swansea University; Supervisors/collaborators: Dr. Chenggui Yuan (Mathematics, Swansea University), Dr. Mike Fowler and Prof. Dan Eastwood (Biosciences, Swansea University), and Prof. Lynne Boddy and Dr. Jennifer Hiscox (from our ‘Fungal Ecology at Cardiff’ team).
Active research directions
1) Modelling mycelial growth and interactions in saprotrophic, fungal communities. This minimalistic model proposes a relatively small set of assumptions as the main drivers of community dynamics. We are targeting simplicity, but also biological realism, during model development/reconstruction; ‘reconstruction’, because we couple the model with experiments, to test the validity of the assumed main drivers, in a constant and (re)constructive dialogue between model and reality.
2) Developing a mechanistic theory for the minimum number and values of traits responsible for observed interaction outcomes. All started by visualizing combative interaction outcomes, between wood decay fungi of an experiment, on a network; but, this direction grew considerably since then, resulting to a method which generalizes to both competitive and facilitative interactions, and which is applicable to systems beyond ecology, e.g., technological or socioeconomic systems.