Project Description

Faculty Staff / Section of Plant Biology
Office location: 2nd Floor
Telephone: +30 2610 969245, +30 2610 969254 (fax)


  • Degree in Biology, School of Sciences, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
  • PhD, Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Educational activities

  • Undergraduate Courses: Ecology II, The Science of Biology, Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Vegetation Ecology, General Ecology
  • Postgraduate courses: Assessment and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, Anthropogenic Impacts on the Marine Environment, Coastal Zone Management, Applied Ecology, Environmental Planning and Management of Natural Areas

Research and other activities

Research interests:

  • Structure, Dynamics and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems [hydrobiological parameters, trophic relationships, species competition, ecological indicators, invasive species, environmental pressures, anthropogenic effects],
  • Monitoring and Evaluation of Ecological Water Quality (WFD 2000/60 / EU), functional diversity, bio-indicator species, (WFD 2000/60 / EU quality element; macrophytes)
  • Changes in spatial and temporal scales of aquatic macrophyte communities, ecosystem processes and dynamics of inland water vegetation
  • Impacts of global change (climate change) on aquatic ecosystems,
  • Biodiversity and Bio-monitoring of plant species and habitat types in protected areas
  • Landscape ecology, spatio-temporal changes of land cover / land uses with remote sensing and GIS techniques.

Representative Research Programs:

  • Monitoring of the Ecological Quality of river waters of Greece in application of Article 8 of Directive 2000/60 / EU. “Sampling and analysis of macrophytes of rivers” (Regions of Eastern Macedonia-Thrace Epirus, Thessaly, Peloponnese and Western Greece). NMRC (2020‐2023).
  • Integrated actions for the conservation and management of Natura 2000 sites, species, habitats, and ecosystems in Greece. European Commission, LIFE-IP (2018 – 2025.)
  • Knowledge Conversion for Enhancing Management of European Riparian Ecosystems and Services. COST Action – CONVERGES (2017 – 2021).
  • Sampling, sample analysis, and evaluation of Biological Quality Elements. Implementation of Article 8 of Directive 2000/60/EC (Rivers). Water Development Department of Cyprus (2016 – 2017).
  • Monitoring of ecological quality of Greek rivers for the Implementation of Article 8 of WFD 2000/60/EE: samplings and analyses of aquatic macrophytes. NMRC (2014‐2015).
  • Monitoring of Terrestrial Habitats in the area of EPAMATH. Nestos – Vistonida – Ismarida Delta Management Agency EPAMATH(2013-2015).
  • Evaluation of Ecological Quality and Anthropogenic Impacts on Aquatic Ecosystems based on Biocommunities. University of Patras Basic Research Program «K. KARATHEODORI» (2011 –2014).
  • Adaptive strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate change on European freshwater ecosystems- REFRESH. Commission of the European Communities, Water resources. EU FP7–ENV -2009- REFRESH (2010 – 2014).

Representative Publications

  • Ersoy, Z.; Scharfenberger, U.; Baho, Didier; Bucak, Tuba; Feldmann, Tõnu; Hejzlar, Josef ; Levi, Eti; Mahdy, Aldoushy; Nõges, Tiina; Papastergiadou, Eva; Stefanidis, Konstantinos; Šorf, Michal; Søndergaard, Martin; Trigal, Cristina; Jeppesen, Erik; Beklioglu, M. 2020. Impact of nutrients and water level changes on submerged macrophytes along a temperature gradient: a Pan-European mesocosm experiment. Global Change Biology, DOI:10.1111/gcb.15338.
  • Flavia Landucci, K. Šumberová, L. Tichý, S. Hennekens, Liene Aunina, C. Biță‐Nicolae, L. Borsukevych, A. Bobrov, A. Čarni, Els De Bie, V. Golub, R. Hrivnák, S. Iemelianova, Ute Jandt, F. Jansen, Z. Kącki, K. Lájer, Eva Papastergiadou, U. Šilc, Z. Sinkevičienė, Z. Stančić, J. Stepanovič, B. Teteryuk, R. Tzonev, R. Venanzoni, I. Zelnik, M. Chytrý 2020. Classification of European marsh vegetation (Phragmito-Magnocaricetea) to the association level. Applied Vegetation Science 23(2), pp. 297-316, Doi 10.1111/Avsc.12484.
  • Manolaki P., Guo Kun, Cristiana Vieira, Eva Papastergiadou, Tenna Riis 2020. Hydromorphology as a controlling factor of macrophytes assemblage structure and functional traits in the semi-arid European Mediterranean streams. Sci Total Environ 703,134658 DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.134658.
  • Stefanidis, K., M. Sarika, Eva Papastergiadou 2019. Exploring environmental predictors of aquatic macrophytes in water-dependent Natura 2000 sites of high conservation value: Results from a long-term study of macrophytes in Greek lakes. Aquatic Conserv: Mar Freshw Ecosyst. 29: 1133-1148.
  • Scharfenberger, Ulrike, Jeppesen, Erik, Beklioglu, M., Søndergaard, M., Angeler, David, Çakıroluğ, Ayşe, Drakare, Stina, Hejzlar, Josef, Mahdy, Aldoushy, Papastergiadou, Eva, Šorf, Michal, Stefanidis, K., Tuvikene, Arvo, Zingel, Priit, Adrian, Rita 2019. Effects of trophic status, water level and temperature on shallow lake metabolism, metabolic balance: A pan-European mesocosm experiment. Limnol. Oceanogr. 64, 2019, 616–631.
  • Maria Moustaka-Gouni, Ulrich Sommer, Athina Economou-Amilli, George B. Arhonditsis, Matina Katsiapi, Eva Papastergiadou, Konstantinos A. Kormas, Elizabeth Vardaka, Hera Karayanni, Theodoti Papadimitriou 2019. Implementation of the Water Framework Directive: Lessons Learned and Future Perspectives for an Ecologically Meaningful Classification Based on Phytoplankton of the Status of Greek Lakes, Mediterranean Region. Environmental Management 64: 675–688, Doi 10.1007/s00267-019-01226-y.
  • Stefanidis, K., Eva Papastergiadou 2019. Linkages between Macrophyte Functional Traits and Water Quality: Insights from a Study in Freshwater Lakes of Greece. Water 11, 1047; doi: 10.3390/w11051047
  • Fyttis, G., Reizopoulou,S., Papastergiadou, E. 2019. Assessing the Ecological Quality of Coastal Lagoons of Western Greece: The Response of Benthic Communities to Environmental Variability. International Journal of Environmental Science and Development, Vol. 1(3): 91-95.
  • Ekaterini Hadjisolomou, Konstantinos Stefanidis, George Papatheodorou, Evanthia Papastergiadou 2018. Assessment of the eutrophication related environmental parameters in two Mediterranean lakes by integrating statistical techniques and self-organizing maps. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health, 15, 547.
  • Vieira C; Aguiar FC; Portela P; Monteiro J; Raven P; Holmes N; Cambra J; Flor-Arnau N; Chauvin C; Loriot S; Feret T; Dörflinger G; Germ M; Papastergiadou E; Manolaki P; Minciardi MR; Munné A; Urbanič G & Ferreira MT 2018. Bryophyte communities of Mediterranean Europe: a first approach to model their potential distribution in highly seasonal rivers. Hydrobiologia 812 (1): 27–43.
  • Christia, Ch., G. Giordani, E. Papastergiadou 2018. Environmental Variability and Macrophyte Assemblages in Coastal Lagoon Types of Western Greece (Mediterranean Sea) Water, 10, 151.
  • Erik Jeppesen, Sandra Brucet, Luigi Naselli-Flores, Eva Papastergiadou, Kostas Stefanidis, Tiina Nõges, Peeter Nõges, José Luiz Attayde, Tamar Zohary, Jan Coppens, Tuba Bucak, Rosemberg Fernandes Menezes, Francisco Rafael Sousa Freitas, Martin Kernan, Martin Søndergaard, Meryem Beklioğlu 2015. Ecological impacts of global warming and water abstraction on lakes and reservoirs due to changes in water level and related changes in salinity. Hydrobiologia 750 (1): 201-227. [Highly Cited Paper (Top 1% of Plant & Animal Science) Sept/October 2016 & 2017]