Science

Programme "Scientific projects"

Aegean dry-stone walls: holding biodiversity

Department of Biology, School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens

2013

Dry-stone walls constitute a critically important and omnipresent element of the Aegean island landscape. Whereas both the historic background and the architectonic value of these structures have been previously documented, we still lack a proper understanding of their ecological significance. The Aegean Sea region harbors the highest levels of endemic biological diversity in Europe and preliminary data suggest that dry-stone walls play a critical role in the survival of the animal and plant populations. The aim of this project is twofold: first, to compare levels of biodiversity across a range of organisms (birds, reptiles, mammals, invertebrates, plants) between areas with dry-stone walls and matched control sites without them and, second to determine the physical (e.g. temperature, soil moisture) and architectonic features associated with elevated biodiversity. The study will focus on Andros, Naxos and Milos, islands that differ in location, paleogeography and geological background but host extended networks of dry-stone walls.

Final Report (in Greek)

PHOTO GALLERY

Coordinator:

Panagiotis Pafilis, Assistant Professor in Animal Diversity, Faculty of Biology, School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA)

Project's Team:

Efstratios Valakos, Associate Professor in Animal and Human Physiology, Faculty of Biology, School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA)

Theofanis Konstantinidis, Associate Professor in Botanology, Faculty of Biology, School of Science, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (EKPA)

Antonia Theodosiou, Architecture and Environmental Studies

Foufopoulos Johannes, Associate Professor, University of Michigan

University Campus, Zografou

15701 Athens

Tel.: +30 210 72 74 397

Fax: +30 210 72 74 065

secr@biol.uoa.gr

www.biol.uoa.gr (in Greek)

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