Dr Dimitris Koureas

Dr Dimitrios Koureas

Lead, Research Data and Partnerships

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Diversity and Informatics Division
Contact: email
Phone: +44 (0) 207 942 5244
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Specialisms

Lamiaceae, Thymus, aromatic plants, biodiversity informatics, biogeography, essential oils, plant systematics, research management, research project development

Summary

Biodiversity research is in a pivotal point. With biodiversity data generated on an unprecedented rate, finding ways to make sense of the growing big-data pool is going to be the key for unlocking the potential of biodiversity research and it's impact to many of the societal challenges we face. Biodiversity Informatics can provide the tools to transform big-data to information and support researchers in their efforts to deliver robust and reliable models for spotting patterns and delivering robust predicting models of the diversity of Life on Earth. I am currently working as a Biodiversity Informatics Specialist in the Natural History Museum in London. My work is predominantly focused in developing new potential biodiversity research and e-infrastructure proposals within the available European funding mechanisms and in the overarching scope of effectively mobilising, aggregating and re-using current and legacy biodiversity data. My research experience in combining plant morphological, chemical, ecological and nomenclatural data in order to extract results of taxonomic and conservation value, has demonstrated to me how inter-disciplinary research can leverage scientific efforts but also flagged the global need for generating and curating research data in a harmonised and interoperable way.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Biology Diploma, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Employment history

Academic

Research Associate, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Biology, Greece, 2004 - 2007

Non-academic

e-Taxonomy support specialist, Natural history Museum London, Life Sciences, 2013 - 2014

Field work and Collection consultant, Hellenic Agricultural Organisation, 2003 - 2014

Grants

Biogeographical approach of the Labiatae family plants in Greece
Funding: Greek Secretariat for Research and Technology
Dates: 2005 - 2007

Aromatic plants in protected areas of Greece (Natura 2000)
Funding: Greek Secretariat for Research and Technology
Dates: 2004 - 2006

Committees

Member, TDWG Executive Committee, Washington, DC, United States, 2015 - on going.

Chair, Biodiversity Data Integration Interest Group, 2014 - on going.

Memberships

Member, International Association of Plant Taxonomy, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Reviewer / referee

Publications

ZooKeys, (Journal), Non-anonymous,

Biodiversity data journal, (Journal), Non-anonymous, 2014 - on going.

Publications

Koureas D, Arvanitidis C, Belbin L, Berendsohn W, Damgaard C, Groom Q, Güntsch A, Hagedorn G, Hardisty A, Hobern D, Marcer A, Mietchen D, Morse D, Obst M, Penev L, Pettersson L, Sierra S, Smith V, Vos R (2016) Community engagement: The ‘last mile’ challenge for European research e-infrastructures. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 2 : e9933 - e9933. doi: 10.3897/rio.2.e9933

Koureas D, Hardisty A, Vos R, Agosti D, Arvanitidis C, Bogatencov P, Buttigieg PL, De JongY, Horvath F, Gkoutos G, Groom Q, Kliment T, Kõljalg U, Manakos I, Marcer A, Marhold K, Morse D, Mergen P, Penev L, Pettersson L, Svenning J-C, Van dePutteA, Smith V (2016) Unifying European Biodiversity Informatics (BioUnify). Research Ideas and Outcomes, 2 : e7787 - e7787. doi: 10.3897/rio.2.e7787

Koureas D (2015) Facilitating biodiversity science through Virtual Research Environments.

Koureas D (2016) Introduction to Biodiversity Informatics.

Koureas D (2012) Taxonomic approach of the species Thymus sibthorpii Bentham: distribution, morphology and essential oils in different habitat types. PhD Thesis.

Karousou R, Koureas DN, Kokkini S (2005) Essential oil composition is related to the natural habitats: Coridothymus capitatus and Satureja thymbra in NATURA 2000 sites of Crete. Phytochemistry, 66 (22) : 2668 - 2673. doi: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2005.09.020

Courses taught

MSc: Biodiversity Informatics - Introduction - Overview
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
2/2015 - on going.

MSc: Introduction to Biodiversity Informatics
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
5/2013 - 5/2014.

MSc: Plant Diversity (Biodiversity Informatics tools; Scratchpads)
2/2013 - on going.

MSc: Biodiversity informatics

Awards

DAAD PhD fellowship, 1/3/2007 - 1/5/2007.

Invited and keynote speaker

Invited speaker, Scratchpads for community involvement for natural history colelctions, RCN Phenotype meeting: Tucson, United States, 22/2/2014.

Introduction

Summary

Biodiversity research is in a pivotal point. With biodiversity data generated on an unprecedented rate, finding ways to make sense of the growing big-data pool is going to be the key for unlocking the potential of biodiversity research and it's impact to many of the societal challenges we face. Biodiversity Informatics can provide the tools to transform big-data to information and support researchers in their efforts to deliver robust and reliable models for spotting patterns and delivering robust predicting models of the diversity of Life on Earth. I am currently working as a Biodiversity Informatics Specialist in the Natural History Museum in London. My work is predominantly focused in developing new potential biodiversity research and e-infrastructure proposals within the available European funding mechanisms and in the overarching scope of effectively mobilising, aggregating and re-using current and legacy biodiversity data. My research experience in combining plant morphological, chemical, ecological and nomenclatural data in order to extract results of taxonomic and conservation value, has demonstrated to me how inter-disciplinary research can leverage scientific efforts but also flagged the global need for generating and curating research data in a harmonised and interoperable way.

Qualifications

Degrees

PhD, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Biology Diploma, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Employment history

Academic

Research Associate, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Biology, Greece, 2004 - 2007

Non-academic

e-Taxonomy support specialist, Natural history Museum London, Life Sciences, 2013 - 2014

Field work and Collection consultant, Hellenic Agricultural Organisation, 2003 - 2014

Projects

Grants

Biogeographical approach of the Labiatae family plants in Greece
Funding: Greek Secretariat for Research and Technology
Dates: 2005 - 2007

Aromatic plants in protected areas of Greece (Natura 2000)
Funding: Greek Secretariat for Research and Technology
Dates: 2004 - 2006

Professional activities

Committees

Member, TDWG Executive Committee, Washington, DC, United States, 2015 - on going.

Chair, Biodiversity Data Integration Interest Group, 2014 - on going.

Memberships

Member, International Association of Plant Taxonomy, Bratislava, Slovakia.

Reviewer / referee

Publications

ZooKeys, (Journal), Non-anonymous,

Biodiversity data journal, (Journal), Non-anonymous, 2014 - on going.

Publications

Publications

Koureas D, Arvanitidis C, Belbin L, Berendsohn W, Damgaard C, Groom Q, Güntsch A, Hagedorn G, Hardisty A, Hobern D, Marcer A, Mietchen D, Morse D, Obst M, Penev L, Pettersson L, Sierra S, Smith V, Vos R (2016) Community engagement: The ‘last mile’ challenge for European research e-infrastructures. Research Ideas and Outcomes, 2 : e9933 - e9933. doi: 10.3897/rio.2.e9933

Koureas D, Hardisty A, Vos R, Agosti D, Arvanitidis C, Bogatencov P, Buttigieg PL, De JongY, Horvath F, Gkoutos G, Groom Q, Kliment T, Kõljalg U, Manakos I, Marcer A, Marhold K, Morse D, Mergen P, Penev L, Pettersson L, Svenning J-C, Van dePutteA, Smith V (2016) Unifying European Biodiversity Informatics (BioUnify). Research Ideas and Outcomes, 2 : e7787 - e7787. doi: 10.3897/rio.2.e7787

Koureas D (2015) Facilitating biodiversity science through Virtual Research Environments.

Koureas D (2016) Introduction to Biodiversity Informatics.

Koureas D (2012) Taxonomic approach of the species Thymus sibthorpii Bentham: distribution, morphology and essential oils in different habitat types. PhD Thesis.

Karousou R, Koureas DN, Kokkini S (2005) Essential oil composition is related to the natural habitats: Coridothymus capitatus and Satureja thymbra in NATURA 2000 sites of Crete. Phytochemistry, 66 (22) : 2668 - 2673. doi: 10.1016/j.phytochem.2005.09.020

Teaching and students

Courses taught

MSc: Biodiversity Informatics - Introduction - Overview
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
2/2015 - on going.

MSc: Introduction to Biodiversity Informatics
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, Greece
5/2013 - 5/2014.

MSc: Plant Diversity (Biodiversity Informatics tools; Scratchpads)
2/2013 - on going.

MSc: Biodiversity informatics

Impact and outreach

Awards

DAAD PhD fellowship, 1/3/2007 - 1/5/2007.

Invited and keynote speaker

Invited speaker, Scratchpads for community involvement for natural history colelctions, RCN Phenotype meeting: Tucson, United States, 22/2/2014.