Nikolaos (Nikos) Psonis is a PhD Candidate at the Biology Department, University of Crete and a member of the Molecular Systematics Lab of the Natural History Museum of Crete (NHMC). His main research interests focus on Molecular Phylogenetics and Phylogeography, Molecular Systematics and Evolutionary Ecology. His scientific field includes research on phylogenetic relationships and on phylogeography of several vertebrate and invertebrate terrestrial animals such as land snails, turtles, snakes, and lizards. He has extensive wet lab experience (such as DNA extraction, PCR, DNA Sequencing, Gene Cloning and Genotyping) and he has very good knowledge of many software applications and bioinformatics tools related to his scientific field (such as sequence editing and alignment, tree reconstruction methods, model selection, divergence times estimation, biogeographic analyses, and species delimitation). Furthermore he has basic knowledge of PHYTHON language and R environment and good knowledge of graphical design (Photoshop, COREL), bibliography organizers (EndNote, ReadCube) and data managing (Microsoft Access).

He has published one scientific paper, another one is under review and two more are under preparation.  He has participated (with oral presentations and posters) in several international and national conferences including the 5th congress of the International Biogeographic Society and the 12th ICZEGAR where he won the 2nd prize for the best poster presentation. Finally he has participated in several workshops and courses especially focusing in the Next Generation Sequencing techniques, a scientific field that he wants to undertake in the coming year (complete cv).



Emmanouela (Emy) Karameta is a PhD student of Biology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (N.K.U.A) and a member of the Molecular Systematics Lab – Biology Dept. University of Crete as well as the Terrestrial Animal Biodiversity Lab –​​ Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Cyprus. She received a BSc in Biology at the N.K.U.A and an MSc in Ecology Evolution and Conservation at Imperial College London, UK.

Throughout her studies she has been fascinated by different fields of Biology, like ecology, ethology and evolution and has therefore been involved in different projects, such as insect ecology, associative learning and mate choice. Her PhD focuses on the eco-physiology (thermal biology & digestion) of the Rough-tail Rock Agama lizard (Stellagama stellio) in the E. Mediterranean as well as on the phylogeography of the species and the phylogenetic relationships among its various subspecies. Thus, she has gained a lot of experience in both lab and field work.

She has participated in many national and international congresses and workshops and she recently received the “Nikos S. Margaris” award for the best PhD student presentation on the 7th Congress of the Hellenic Ecological Society. After attending the EMBO practical course on computational molecular evolution in Crete 2014, she was invited to participate as a teaching assistant in the 2015 EMBL-EBI-Welcome Trust Course on Computational Molecular Evolution, in Hinxton, Cambridge, UK.