Collaborating Experts


Margarita Arianoutsou is an Professor of Ecology in the Department of Ecology and Systematics of the Faculty of Biology of National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. 

She has a considerable experience in the research field of Ecology and Management of Mediterranean ecosystems in which she is actively engaged for the last 25 years. She has been elected and acted twice as the Secretary of the International Society of Mediterranean Ecologists (ISOMED) between 1987-1991 and from 2000 onwards. She has been a member of the working group established to support the Hellenic National Committee for the Implementation of UN Convention to Combat Desertification.Among other activities and commitments, she is a member of the Scientific Committee of the European Centre of Forest Fires. She has participated in more than 50 International Symposia - Conferences. She has published more than 60 scientific articles and she has edited 4 books published by (Dr Junk) Kluwer, Plenum Press and Millpress. She has supervised 10 Ph. D theses and more than 20 First Diploma Theses. She is actively involved in Environmental Education and Awareness Campaigns, for which she has also published a book. 

Margarita was responsible for the revision of the information on terrestrial plant species of the EASIN Catalogue and is currently a member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for terrestrial plants.



Thierry Backeljau is senior lecturer in genetics at the University of Antwerp and is head of the Operational Directorate Taxonomy and Phylogeny at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Brussels.

He has a broad interest in invertebrate taxonomy, phylogeny and population genetics, with a particular focus on terrestrial gastropods. 

As such, he has been President of Unitas Malacologica, and he is member of the editorial boards of, amongst others, “Journal of Molluscan Studies”, “Malacologia”, and “Iberus”, and he is subject editor for Gastropoda for “ZooKeys”. Thierry has supervised 20 PhD- and >40 MSc-theses, and he was member of >65 PhD juries (own PhD students not included) in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, and the UK. He is (co-) author of >200 papers in impact factor journals, >55 papers in peer-reviewed journals without impact factor, and 39 popular science papers. He acts as reviewer for >70 scientific journals and for >20 research fund organizations in Australia, Austria, Belgium, EC, Israel, South-Africa, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK, and the USA. 

Thierry has revised the EASIN list of the terrestrial snails and is currently a member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for terrestrial snails.



Michel Bariche is an Associate Professor of Biology at the American University of Beirut and curator of the Fishes and aquatic Invertebrates collections at the AUB Natural History Museum (Lebanon).

He earned a DEA in Animal and Plant Systematics at the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle and a doctorate in Ichthyology from the Université de la Méditerranée (Aix-Marseille II). His research interests revolve around studying biological invasions in fishes and his professional experience includes tertiary-level teaching, project management, curation of preserved collections, scientific consultations, and awareness raising activities on social media. He also served as a regional expert for several UN entities and international organizations.

Michel is member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for marine fishes (Actinopterygii and Elasmobranchii).


BAZOS Ioannis

Ioannis Bazos is a botanist, Phd, member of the Department of Ecology and Systematics (Faculty of Biology, National and Kapodistrian Univeristy of Athens). 

His research activities concern the study of flora, vegetation and phytogeography of Greece. He has been involved in research projects related to the alien flora of Greece and Europe. He also deals with monitoring, management and protection of rare and threatened plant species and habitats of Community interest (EU Directive 92/43). He is member of the board oh the Hellenic Botanical Society.

Ioannis was responsible for the revision of the information on terrestrial plant species of the EASIN Catalogue and is currently a member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for terrestrial plants.



Assunta Bertaccini is a Plant Pathology professor at the Alma Mater University of Bologna, Italy. 

She carried out several stages at the Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory, USDA, Beltsville, MD, USA. She is Member of the Società Italiana di Patologia Vegetale, American Phytopathological Society, International Organization for Mycoplasmology, and International Society for Horticultural Science. Invited speaker at many national and international meetings and seminars, member of scientific committees of several meetings on biotechnology and virology/phytoplasmology, referee for numerous scientific international journals. Her awards: Premio internazionale di enologia e viticoltura Giuseppe Morsiani for distinguished research in viticulture and Emmy Klienenberger-Nobel award for distinguished research in mycoplasmology. Responsible of the Phytobacteriology laboratory at the DipSA, University of Bologna she is leading a team of about 20 persons working on several aspects of plant bacteriology. Her major research efforts were devoted to study infections associated phytoplasmas and bacteria in plants applying microscopy and molecular tools to detect and characterize them. She is team leader of the Spiroplasma /Phytoplasma /Mesoplasma /Entomoplasma” working group of International Research Programme on Comparative Mycoplasmology (IRPC) and member of the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP) Subcommittee on Taxonomy of Mollicutes. 
She is EFSA consultant. She mentored 10 PhD, 9 Plant Pathology and about 100 undergraduate and master thesis. She is author or coauthor in more than 800 publications, books and book chapters. During 2009-2013 she was Chair of COST action FA0807 "Integrated management of phytoplasma epidemics in different crop systems". She founded in 2007 and is leading the International Phytoplasmologist Working Group (IPWG) ( She is organizing the group meetings every 4 years and collaborating in formal or informal manner with a high number of colleagues from about 40 Countries worldwide. 

Assunta is member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for the plant pathogenic Bacteria.


BRUNDU Giuseppe

Giuseppe Brundu (Ph.D.) is an agronomist and botanist working at the Department of Agriculture of University of Sassari, Italy. 

During the last 15 years he has been dealing with inventories of non-native plant species in Mediterranean countries, with special concern to islands. He is one of the promoters of the series of conferences EMAPi (Ecology and Management of Alien Plant invasions) and has collaborated with the EPPO, the EEA and the DG ENV of European Commission on national lists, risk assessment, ecology and management of plant invasions. 

Giuseppe is member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for terrestrial plants.


ÇINAR Melih Ertan

Melih Ertan ÇINAR (M.Sc., Ph.D.) is a marine biologist and has a 25- year experience in the fields of marine biology and ecology. 

His main area of expertise is the taxonomy of polychaetes (Annelida: Polychaeta), called as marine bristle worms. His research interests also include marine alien species, benthic species assemblages, biotic indices, pollution and fouling. He has been working as a Professor in the Department of Hydrobiology of Ege University (Turkey) and has coordinated many national and international projects regarding marine biodiversity, pollution monitoring and benthic species assemblages. He is (co)author of > 120 publications (80 in peer-reviewed international journals). 

Melih Ertan is member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for the marine Annelida


CURTO Giovanna

Giovanna Curto is a nematologist with over 20 years of professional experience on entomopathogenic and phytoparasitic nematodes, particularly those regulated by EU and/or present in the EPPO lists. 

She is responsible for the Nematology Laboratory of the Emilia-Romagna Plant Protection Service, regional level of Italian National Plant Protection Organization. She is expert in surveys on quarantine nematodes in agriculture and forestry, nematode control by means of biofumigation, nematicidal plants, natural and chemical substances, insect biocontrol by entomopathogenic nematodes, project planning and development, organization and coordination of experimental trials, working group coordination. She has participated in many related projects and has collaborated with European Institutions. For 6 years she was a contractor professor at University of Bologna teaching Agricultural Nematology in the Courses for the Master Degree in Medicine of Plants; last year she taught the same subject in the International Course for the Postgraduate Specialization in "Integrated Pest management of Mediterranean Fruit Trees" at CIHEAM - International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies of Bari (Italy). She participated to two European COST Actions on entomopathogenic nematodes, and since 2007 she has been appointed by the Italian NPPO as Italian member of the EPPO Panel of Diagnostics in Nematology. Currently she is a member of the Management Committee of Italian Society of Nematology. 

Giovanna was responsible for the revision of the information on nematode species of the EASIN Catalogue and is currently a member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for nematode species.



Marco Faasse has a long experience in the study of diversity and distribution of marine invertebrates. 

He currently works as a marine ecologist for eCOAST, mainly involved in monitoring projects to assess the impact of human activities on the marine environment. Furthermore, he is an associate researcher of Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden. Marco Faasse is particularly interested in introductions of alien species, and published about many new arrivals to Europe and transfers to different areas. As a consequence of his ecological work, he acquired a broad knowledge of different marine invertebrate groups, with afocus on Bryozoa and Amphipoda. 

Marco is member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for the marine Bryozoa (Animalia)



Lyudmila Kamburska (PhD) is an ecologist with over 20 years of experience in aquatic ecology.

Her main research interest is the impact of biological invasions and climate change on zooplankton biodiversity and community structure. 
She has gained her professional experience at the Institute of Oceanology (Bulgaria), the Joint Research Centre of EC (Italy), and the Institute of Ecosystem Study of the Italian National Research Council. Lyudmila has a major contribution to several EU projects as an expert in ecosystem management and conservation, biological invasions in the European aquatic ecosystems, and long term trends of ecological indicators in European aquatic ecosystems. 

Lyudmila has contributed to the revision of the information on marine phyto- and zooplankton species of the EASIN Catalogue. She is a member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for marine plankton species.


KIRÁLY Gergely

Gergely Király is a forest engineer interested with about 25 years of experience in various fields of botany; actually working as assistant professor at the Institute of Silviculture and Forest Protection of the University of West Hungary in Sopron (NW Hungary). 

He is expert in taxonomy, chorology and floristics of the Central European flora, respectively, in vegetation ecology of forest communities, forest management and nature conservation. He was participated to several national and European projects on alien plant species and Red Lists of threatened vascular plants. He is the editor of the „New field Flora of Hungary” (2009-2011), the coordinator of the mapping project on the Hungarian vascular plants (2000-2010), the collaborator of the Committee for Mapping the Flora of Europe for Hungary (2008-); and the author of more than 150 publications, see 

Gergely is member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for the freshwater Tracheophyta.



Martin Langer is a professor of Micropaleontology at the University of Bonn, Germany. 

His research focusses on the species richness, faunal structure and evolutionary biogeography of modern and fossil foraminifera, a group of marine protists that figure prominently in ecological studies of marine communities around the world. This interest involves the study of the ecology, the global carbonate production, the molecular genetic heredity and biology of fossil and living species. His current research includes the analyses of global biogeographic patterns and faunal exchange mechanisms and studies on the biogeography, range expansion and hotspots of diversity of foraminifera in tropical oceans in time and space. He has developed species distribution models to project future species distributions conveyed by the ongoing warming of the planet and is interested in the impact of invasive species along the range expansion front. Martin Langer has published more than 70 papers, monographs and books, and is Editor for the ”Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie”. 

Martin is member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for the marine Foraminifera (Chromista).



Ya’arit Levitt Barmats is a PhD student at the Department of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, and the Crustacea collection manager at The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History, Israel National Center for Biodiversity Studies, Tel Aviv University. 

Her research is focusing on the taxonomy and ecology of Decapod crustaceans from the infraorder Caridea in Israel, under the supervision of Dr. Noa Shenkar. Her work includes faunistic surveys, description of new species to science and first records to the Mediterranean and Red Sea coasts of Israel using both molecular and morphological tools, and constructing an up-to-date museum collection. In addition, she is monitoring the spread of non-indigenous species in the Mediterranean Sea and the freshwater system of Israel. 

Ya’arit is a member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for the marine Arthropoda.



Vadim Panov (Ph.D.) has a background in aquatic ecology. 

He has been conducting his studies of benthic, littoral and plankton communities primarily in inland waters and estuaries. For the last 20 years he has been working in the area of biological invasions, and had participated in several initiatives in expert networking in invasive species-related research, information exchange and management, including EU-funded projects in this area (ALARM, DAISIE, EnviroGRIDS). He is also the Finland-based publisher (Regional Euro-Asian Biological Invasions Centre – REABIC), and managing editor of three thematic international open access scientific journals on biological invasions. These journals, namely AquaticInvasions, BioInvasions Records and Management of Biological Invasions, have been established by the European scientists as the targeted cost-effective tools to support open information systems on invasive species with primary geo-referenced species record data and with other relevant information needed for management of these species. 

Vadim has collaborated with EASIN from the very start of this initiative and, specifically, he was co-responsible for the revision of the freshwater species of the EASIN Catalogue. Vadim Panov is an assigned EASIN Editorial Board member for freshwater zooplankton taxa.



Stefano Piraino (Ph.D. Mar. Environ. Sciences) is Associate Professor of Zoology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Salento, Lecce. 

He acted/acts as Scientific Coordinator or WP leader of several national and international (EU-funded) research projects on the biology, ecology, taxonomy and systematics of cnidarians and more generally on evolutionary developmental biology of basal metazoans. Current interests deal with jellyfish outbreaks and marine bioinvasions, jellyfish ecology, taxonomy and systematics, and the molecular mechanisms of life cycle reversal and cell transdifferentation by NGS approaches. Co-Founder and Past-President of the International Hydrozoan Society, member of the Board of the Italian Union of Zoologists, member of the Steering Committee of the new EuroMarine Consortium ( He acted as Guest Editor of symposium volumes in Biological Invasions, Marine Ecology, Scientia Marina. 

Stefano is member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for the marine Cnidaria.



Wolfgang Rabitsch (Ph. D.) is senior expert on species conservation, non-indigenous species and the impact of climate change on biodiversity at the Department of Biodiversity & Nature Conservation at the Environment Agency Austria in Vienna with a special interest in insects. 

He is lecturer at the University of Vienna. He has worked on an inventory of the endemic species of Austria, contributed to DAISIE and NOBANIS, to the development of a risk assessment and early warning tool for invasive alien species in Germany and Austria (GABLIS), and to the development of alien species indicators (SEBI). He further contributes to the European Topic Centre on Biodiversity, the national Article 17 Habitat Directive report, the national 5th CBD report and the new Austrian Biodiversity Strategy 2020. He has written more than 170 publications, see 

Wolfgang has contributed to the revision of the information on arthropod species of the EASIN Catalogue and is currently a member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for arthropod species.



Alain Roques (D.Sc., Ph.D.) is a forest entomologist with 31 years of experience on the biology, ecology and behavior of forest insects. 

During the last 10 years, his research activity turned towards biological invasions and the effect of global warming on the populations of terrestrial invertebrates. He has participated in most of the recent EU-funded projects dealing with biological invasions such as ALARM, DAISIE, PRATIQUE, ISEFOR, and REPHRAME. He especially coordinated the inventory of alien terrestrial invertebrates realized in DAISIE. Then, he was the main editor of the book ‘Alien terrestrial arthropods of Europe’, published in 2010, which provided the first comprehensive review of the fauna of alien terrestrial arthropods having colonized the European continent and its associated islands. The book summarizes the present knowledge of the arthropod invasion process from temporal trends and biogeographic patterns to pathways and vectors, invaded habitats, and ecological and economic impacts. 

Alain was responsible for the revision of the information on terrestrial arthropod species of the EASIN Catalogue and is currently a member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for terrestrial arthropod species.


SCALERA Riccardo

Riccardo Scalera is a naturalist with over 16 years of professional experience in the field of conservation biology, wildlife management and vertebrate ecology, associated with a good expertise on European environmental policy and legislation, particularly focusing on nature protection and biodiversity (e.g. Habitats and Birds directives, CITES and related Wildlife Trade regulations, etc.) and relevant financial programs (i.e. LIFE).

Riccardo has been working for several public institutions and private companies based in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, UK and New Zealand, including some international organizations, i.e. the European Commission (and relevant agencies, i.e. JRC, EEA), the Council of Europe, and IUCN International, WWF-European Policy Programme.At the national level Riccardo has been working with the Ministry of the Environment in both Italy and Denmark. In Italy, other clients include the Ministry of Agriculture, the University of Rome, the Institute for Environmental Research and Protection (ISPRA), and the Rome zoo. Riccardo has published several papers focusing on invasive alien species and other biological conservation issues, plus monographs and reports, and about 100 articles on popular magazines. Environmental communication is another core expertise of Riccardo, who besides the long journalistic experience and the communication activities carried out (e.g. information campaigns for the Rome zoo), since 2007 is coordinating an international team of experts to support the selection of LIFE+ Information and Communication projects on behalf of the EC - DG ENV. Furthermore, since 2009 he is programme officer of the IUCN/SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group and co-editor of Aliens: the Invasive Species Bulletin. 

The key role of Riccardo in relation to the development of the EASIN Catalogue was the revision of the information on mammals, amphibians and reptiles, and is currently a member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for mammals, amphibians and reptiles.



Noa Shenkar is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Zoology, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, and a curator of the marine invertebrate collection at The Steinhardt Museum of Natural History and National Research Center, Tel Aviv University. 

Dr. Shenkar specialty is ascidian (Phylum: Chordata, Class: Ascidiacea) ecology and taxonomy. The majority of her field work is conducted in the Mediterranean and Red Sea, and involves the early detection and monitoring of invasive species. 

Noa is member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for the class Ascidiacea



Susan M. Shirley (PhD) is an ecologist specializing in bird communities. 

After completing her PhD, she participated in the EU-funded project DAISIE where she compiled an inventory of alien bird species for Europe and conducted research to examine factors underlying their spatial and temporal distribution. More recently, she worked for the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society at Oregon State University where she has been examining the local and landscape effects of habitat alteration on riparian food webs, and investigating bird species responses to climate and land-use change in western North America. 

Susan was responsible for the revision of the bird species of the EASIN catalogue.



Ioan Sîrbu (Ph.D.) is a zoologist and ecologist,  Associate Professor at the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Faculty of Sciences, division of Environmental Sciences; he teaches and has a broad research interest in Communities Ecology, Ecological Modeling and others, with a particular focus on freshwater molluscs. 

He spent the last 20 years studying the changes of the Romanian freshwater habitats and molluscs' communities, in relation to human pressure. He is (co-) author of more than 80 scientific, didactical and popularisation papers, among them 9 books and 46 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals. He was involved in more than 20 scientific and development grants and projects, aiming the conservation state monitoring of invertebrate species of community interest, ecological and human impact assessments of several freshwater ecological systems, establishing management plans for different areas of conservation in Romania, ecological data processing and others. He is founding member of two regional non-governmental organizations for ecological development, animal protection and a shelter for abandoned animals. He was also involved in many projects of ecological education, mountain ecology and training camps for youth. 

Ioan is member of the EASIN Editorial Board, assigned for freshwater Mollusca.