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Laboratory of Zoology



Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Faculty of Science
School of Biology - Department Zoology
Laboratory of Zoology - Box 134
541 24 - Thessaloniki, Greece

 
Laboratory objectives
The Laboratory of Zoology covers a wide variety of biological activities and undertakes studies of faunistic and taxonomic interest in various regions (terrestrial, marine and freshwater) in Greece, and ecological studies on endangered or threatened species or species which are of importance in terms of protection and management. Many of the researchers of the Laboratory take part in the mapping of protected species of the European fauna, on a national basis, and in the recording and mapping of species protected by international or European conventions. Furthermore, the Laboratory is engaged in the monitoring of the ecological quality of terrestrial and aquatic (marine and freshwater) ecosystems.
 
Short history
The Laboratory of Zoology was established in 1929 (GP 3894/1929), the year when the Uni versity of Thessaloniki was established. The first Head of the Laboratory was G. Athanasopoulos, Professor of Zoology (1929-1962). After his retirement, A. Kanellis, Professor of Biology, took charge (1962-1970). In May 1970, the Professor of Biology M.E. Kattoulas, a newly-elected Professor at the time, assumed his duties and remained Head of the Laboratory until his death in 1989. From 1989 until June 2000 Professor P. S. Economidis had been the Head of the Laboratory. From 2000 until August 2009 Professor M. Lazaridou-Dimitriadou was the Head of the Laboratory. Now the position of the head holds Prof. Chariton Chintiroglou (September 2009- ).
 
Teaching activities
The Laboratory covers the teaching activities of the School of Biology that deal with the educational process of the students in animal biology within the framework of the biosphere and specifically in relationship with humans. The morphology of animals, the organization of their systems and their phylogenetic relationships are also studied (General Zoology). The students learn to identify the animals with the use of special keys, they get accustomed to the principles and methods of the zoological taxonomy (Systematic Zoology) and they also study the issues (Histology), the adapting variations of structures during the evolutionary process (Comparative Animal Anatomy), the evolutionary approach of the animal behaviour (Animal Ethology), the zoogeography, the marine environment and its impact on living organisms and the distribution of marine organisms in space and in time (Marine Biology).
 
Research areas
The Laboratory of Zoology is located on the 6th floor of the School of Biology building and covers an area of 600 m2. It also occupies various auxiliary rooms (150 m2 on the 1st floor and 150 m2 in the basement).
The Laboratory has at its disposal a very rich collection of animal material, which contains holotypes and paratypes of various species from all over Greece. There is also an extended network of personal computers and printers that provides the possibility of internal and international communication. The Laboratory is fully equipped with a wide variety of technical equipment for both field work (e.g. pH meters, oxygen and temperature meters, salinity/conductivity meters, water and sediment samplers, telescopes, binoculars, grabs and deepsea anchor dredges, phytoplankton and zooplankton sampling nets, photographic cameras, video camera, submarine scuba-diving equipment, two small boats) and laboratory work (e.g. stereoscopes, microscopes, automatic microphotograph system, electrophoresis and bioacoustic units, electronic balances, high performance electronic balances, water analysis system, spectrophotometers, chambers of constant temperature, aquarium, freezers, deep freezers). The scientific staff of the Laboratory is engaged in faunistic, taxonomic and ecological studies of marine animals, benthic macroinvertebrates, land snails, arthropods, as well as of amphibians, serpents, birds and small mammals. They are also engaged in the biology, ethology and zoogeography of various species that belong to the aforementioned groups, and also in their preservation and protection. More specifically the members of the Laboratory are occupied in the following research fields: Systematics and Zoogeography of arthropods.
 
Ecophysiology of molluscs (land and freshwater snails and bivalves). Biometry, population dynamics, demographic analysis, energy balance of land and aquatic invertebrates. Ecological quality of marine and running waters, based on the use of biological indices and/or on the structure of the communities and on various physicochemical parameters. Faunistic and taxonomic studies of amphibians, serpents and small mammals of Northern Greece, with emphasis on endemism and diversification. Biology and ecology of amphibians, serpents, birds and invertebrates.
 
Since 1973 the activities of the members of the Laboratory of Zoology have supported the publication of about 450 papers in international scientific journals and the participation with more than 450 announcements in international and national congresses. In these publications many undergraduate and postgraduate, Ph.D. students or/and post doctoral fellows have also contributed. Apart from their theoretical importance,these studies also aim at the mapping of species and the recording of population data, which can be applied in environmental studies for the protection of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, in order to eliminate the possibility of threat or extinction of species that are either under national or international protection or that have to be protected by uncontrolled collection and uncounted alteration of their biotops. The aforementioned studies are also very informative for pupils, students and the public towards the protection of biotops and specific animals.

 

Administrative and Teaching staff
 
Name / Surname
Position
Telephone
Personal Website
Email
Lazaridou Maria 
Professor
+302310 998373
Chintiroglou Chariton (Director)
Professor +302310 998405
Goutner Vassilios Professor
+302310 998341
Voultsiadou Eleni
Professor
+302310 998321

Staikou Alexandra
Assist. Professor
+302310 998344
Youlatos Dionisios Assoc. Professor +302310 998734
Argyropoulou Maria
Assist. Professor
+302310 998332
 
Administrative and Technical staff

Name / Surname
Position
Telephone
Personal Website
Email
Asmi Katerina
Administrative Staff
+302310 998322
 
Chatzinikolaou George
Animal Breeder
+302310 998269