Theodora Petanidou

Title: Associate Professor
Telephone number: +30 22510 36406
Fax: +30 22510 36423
Office: Geography Building - 1st floor


Diploma in Pharmacy, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Greece

Diploma in Biology, 1992, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Ph.D. in Ecology, 1991, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki,

Professional Societies / International Organizations

  • International Commission for Plant-Bee Relationships
  • Botanical Society of America
  • Working group on Pollination and Pollinator diversity management (FAO-Regional Office for Europe)
  • GLOBAL NEST (Global Network for Environmental Science and Technology)
  • POL-PAL (Pollination Palynology)
  • member of the steering Committee of the Task Force on the Declining Pollination, of the Species Survival Commission established by IUCN
  • Mediterranean Salinas Network

Editorial Boards

  • Member of the editorial board: GLOBAL NEST: The International Journal ; Plant Biosystems

Referee in the following journals:

Apidologie ; Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society ; Bulletin of Entomological Research; Ecology Letters ; GLOBAL NEST: The International Journal ; Israel Journal of Plant Sciences ; Jou rnal of Plant Ecology (Vegetatio) ; Nordic Journal of Botany ; Plant Biology ; Plant Systematics and Evolution ; Web Ecology ; Oikos ; Plant Biosystems ; Canadian Journal of Botany ; Annals of Botany

Research Interests

Pollination ecology and reproductive ecology of plants in Mediterranean and in Northern European regions. The effects of isolation and rarity on plant reproduction. Bee diversity and Biogeography in the Mediterranean. Structure and function of Mediterranean-type ecosystems, marginal lands, artificial wetlands. Species and ecosystem conservation Ecological management. History, Geography and management of natural resources with emphasis on salt and salinas terraces for agriculture

Research Collaborations

University of Amsterdam, Catholic University of Leuven (KUL), University of Alicante, University of Reading, Georg-August University of Goettingen, INRA-National Institute of Agronomical Research-Avignon, University of Leeds, Centre for environmental Research Leipzig-Halle, University of Haifa, University of Siena, University of Bologna, University of Tartu, University of Burgas (Bulgaria), Jagiellonian University Cracow, University of Saint Andrews, University of Aarhus , Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, University of Crete, University of Athens

Funding of Research Grants

European Union, Ministry of the Aegean, GSRT (General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Greece), Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food

20052006: Mapping of the terraced areas of Lesvos and Samos. Ministry of Agricultural Development and Food, 15.000.

20042006: Abandonment of the terraces of Lesvos: Structure and dynamics of ecosystems, evolution of the landscape (EPEAEK II PYTHAGORAS), 50.000.

20042009: ALARM (: A ssessing L a rge-scale environmental R isks with tested M ethods, ), 6 th Framework Programme, Aegean partner: 243.540.

19992002: ALAS (: Al l A bout S alt, ). Ecos-Ouverture Programme European Commission, DG XVI. Aegean partner: 124.200.

19992001. Terraces in the Aegean islands: Role in the past and importance for the future concerning the economy, ecology and civilization (Interreg II: Ministry of the Aegean). Drs. 29.486.000.


R. Neves, T. Petanidou, S. Pinto, R. Rufino (eds.) ALAS (All About Salt) Salt and salinas in the Mediterranean . Municipality of Figueira da Foz ALAS, Lisbon, pp. 128, 2004, ( )

Kalafatis T., Petanidou T., Synodinos Z. (eds.) Restoration and valorisation of the ceased and non-functional saltworks of the Ionian islands (Corfu, Lefkas, Zakynthos) - Proceedings of a Symposium held in Lefkas . Prefecture of Lefkas Association for Ionian Studies Nefeli Publications, Athens, pp. 344, 2003 [In Greek]

T. Petanidou, H. Dahm, E. Vayanni (eds.) Salt and salinas as natural resources and alternative poles for local development - Proceedings of the ALAS Final Conference . University of the Aegean, Mytilene, pp. 261, 2002

T. Petanidou , L. Vayanni, Saltworks, cultural heritage and local development: arguments for decision-making . Technical Letter ALAS. Koper (Slovenia), pp. 20, 2002

T. Petanidou , L. Vayanni, Saltworks, cultural heritage and local development: arguments for decision-making . Technical Letter ALAS . AENAL - ALAS , Mytilene , pp . 20, 2002 (In Greek).

T. Petanidou, Salt - Salt in European History and Civilization . Hellenic Saltworks S.A., Athens, pp. 380, 1997

Petanidou T. (1994). Conserving nature, we produce salt throughout Greece . Hellenic Saltworks S.A., Athens, pp. 34, 1994 (in two versions, English and Greek)

Petanidou T . (1988). Producing salt along with wild life protection . Hellenic Saltworks S.A., Athens, pp. 18, 1988 (in two versions, English and Greek)

Chapters in books

Petanidou ., Potts S.G., Mutual use of resources in Mediterranean plant-pollinator communities: how specialized are pollination webs? In: N. Waser and J. Ollerton: Specialization and generalization in plant-pollinator interactions . University of Chicago Press, invited article, forthcoming, 000-000, 2005

Medan D., Basilio A.M., Devoto M., Bartoloni N.J., Torretta J.P., Petanidou T., Measuring generalization and connectance in temperate, year-long active systems. In: N. Waser and J. Ollerton: Specialization and generalization in plant-pollinator interactions . University of Chicago Press, forthcoming, 000-000, 2005

T. Petanidou, 13 chapters: 1. Foreword Stories make history, 2. Introduction Salinas of the Mediterranean: past and futures, 3. Geography, History and Cultural Heritage The Polichnitos site (Lesvos, Greece), 4. What do you need to make sea salt? 5. Salt in Classical Greek and Roman Times, 6. The garum of the Greeks and Romans, 7. Non-typical salinas and salt harvesting in the Mediterranean, 8. Salty remnants in the Mediterranean languages, 9. Technology and present situation The Polichnitos site (Lesvos, Greece), 10. The energy issue in Mediterranean salinas, 11. Interregional a ctions of ALAS, 12. Salinas and tourism, 13. Salt Routes in the Mediterranean: geographical-historical concept and use). In: ALAS (All About Salt) Salt and salinas in the Mediterranean , R. Neves, T. Petanidou, S. Pinto and R. Rufino (eds.). Municipality of Figueira da Foz ALAS, 2004, ( )

T. Petanidou, The Geography of use and making of salt in the Greek World. In: The Greek Salt . Cultural and Technological Foundation of ETBA, Athens , [In Greek with English summary], 67-85, 2001

T. Petanidou, And now and for evermore be there meadows of salt. In: Salinas by K. Karnasiotis . Ephorate of Palaeoanthropology - Speleology University of the Aegean, Athens, pp. 13-16, 2000. In Greek and English.

T. Petanidou, Ecological management of the saltworks of Messolonghi: Protection of the environment and public awareness, In: Sustainable development along with public awareness , Ministry of National Education and Religion Prefecture of Aitoloakarnania, Messolonghi, Greece, [In Greek], 332-359, 1997

T. Petanidou, European saltworks at the threshold of the 21st century - Importance, threats and remedies. In: Nature and Workmanship - Artificial wetlands in the Mediterranean coast , Insula, DG XI-European Commission, Unesco, Tenerife, 17-24, 1997

T. Petanidou, Management of the Messolonghi saltworks habitat. In: Nature and Workmanship - Artificial wetlands in the Mediterranean coast , Insula, DG XI-European Commission, Unesco, Tenerife, 37-41, 1997

T. Petanidou, [Managing the habitat of Messolonghi saltworks]. In: Management of Mediterranean wetlands, 4 - Case studies, 3: General criteria - case studies, Ministerio de Medio Ambiente Direccion General de Conservacion de la Naturalezza , [In Spanish], 51-64, 1996

T. Petanidou and W.N. Ellis, Interdependence of native bee faunas and floras in changing Mediterranean communities. In: The conservation of bees - Linnean Society Symposium series, No 18, Academic Press, London, 201-226, 1996

T. Petanidou, Nature conservation and pollination ecology in phrygana (garrigue of East Mediterranean). In: Environmental Management and Arthropod Conservation, Associacion espanola de Entomologia , Valencia, 139-150, 1994

T. Petanidou, Measurement of pollen energetic value. In: Pollination Ecology - A practical approach , A. Dafni (author), The Practical Approach Series, 110, IRL - Oxford University Press, London, 131-132, 1992


Journal publications

Petanidou T., Lamborn E. Pollination ecology in Mediterranean communities: characteristics and challenges. Plant Biosystems , 2005

Potts SG, Petanidou T, Roberts S, O'Toole C, Hulbert A, Willmer P. Plant-Pollinator biodiversity and pollination services in a complex Mediterranean landscape. Biological Conservation , 2005

Petanidou T. Sugars in Mediterranean floral nectars: a community and evolutionary approach. Submitted to Journal of Chemical Ecology 31: 1065-1088, 2005

Petanidou T., Sculpturing the landscape of Nisyros with terraces for agriculture [In Greek] . Nisyriaka 15: 212-255, 2005

C. Perez-Banon, A. Juan, T. Petanidou, MA. Marcos-Garcia, M.B. Crespo, The reproductive ecology of Medicago citrina (Font Quer) Greuter (Leguminosae), a bee-dependent plant in bee-deprived Mediterranean islands. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 241 (1-2): 29-46, 2003

T. Petanidou, Introducing plants for bee-keeping at any cost? Assessment of Phacelia tanacetifolia as nectar source plant under xeric Mediterranean conditions. Plant Systematics and Evolution, 238 (1-4): 155-168, 2003

E . Vayanni , T. Iosifidis, T. Petanidou, [The use of SWOT analysis in spatial and development planning: the case of ecotourist planning of Polichnitos, Lesvos]. Topos 20-21: 119-137, 2003

T. Petanidou, A.C. Ellis-Adam, H.C.M. den Nijs and J.G.B. Oostermeijer, Differential pollination success in the course of individual flower development and flowering time in Gentiana pneumonanthe L. (Gentianaceae). Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 135: 25-33, 2001

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