RESEARCH

BOTANY

BOTANY Take a small taste of the virtual tour Goulandris Natural History Museum provides . The Museum’s botanical exhibition introduces visitors to the kingdom of plants. The botanical exhibits begin with an introduction to biology. A large three-dimensional representation of the plant cell is the visitors’ first contact with the basic unit of every living organism. The processes of growth, reproduction, and heredity are projected in accurate reproductions that show the basic functions of plant cells. The great variety of shapes characteristic...

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BIOANALYTICAL LABORATORY

Bioanalytical Laboratory The research interests of the GAIA Center’s Bioanalytical Department are focused on aspects of quality of life, such as the investigation of the relation between dietary habits and health, assessment of the effects of various environmental factors on food and human health, and integrated utilization of waste produced by agricultural industry. State-of-the-art technologies are used, with emphasis on the techniques of chromatography and mass spectrometry. More specifically, the Department’s research activity covers the following fields: Investigation of nutrition and health...

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GEOLOGY – PALEONTOLOGY

Geology-Paleontology The collection of material for the first Paleontology, Mineralogy and Petrology collections of the Museum started in 1971 by the geologist Evaggelos Velitzelos, who is now a professor of Paleobotanics at the University of Athens. Works started at the Vegora basin of Western Macedonia in lake deposits of the Superior Tertiary with the collection of fossil plants, two elephant teeth found near Petres village and of three more found near Sotir village. The Museum’s research continued in Neogene deposits of...

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MARINE BIOLOGY

Marine Biology Goulandris Museum of Natural History founded the Marine Biology Department in 1972 under the management of Mrs. Marianna Delamotte, aiming at registering and presenting to the general public the marine biodiversity, through the collections developed. In 1974, Evi Vardala – Theodorou, Doctor of Zoology and Marine Biology of the University of Athens, joined the Marine Biology Laboratory, where she was in charge up until her retirement. The department’s activities are various and are summarized to research, training, informative and...

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Soil Ecology And Biotechnology Laboratory

Soil Ecology And Biotechnology Laboratory Head of Department: Stamatis Stamatiadis The Goulandris Natural History Museum has embarked upon research designed to develop tools for the assessment of our policies towards the sustainable management of terrestrial resources since the late ’80s. In the late ‘90s, research capabilities were considerably strengthened by equipping the Ecology and Biotechnology Laboratory with state-of-the-art analytical instruments for measuring soil, water and specific atmospheric pollutants. Research is now focused in the sustainable management of agricultural land for the purpose...

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TERRESTRIAL ZOOLOGY

Terrestrial Zoology The Department of Terrestrial Zoology focuses on Insects and Arachnomorphs, Amphibians and Reptiles, Birds and Mammals. The scientific activities of the Department include field work and laboratory research on Ecology, Zoogeography, Physiology and management of protected areas and fauna species. Information is also being provided to the public and the relevant stakeholders on biodiversity issues. Laboratory research includes trophic and morphometric analysis, study of thermal and reproduction ecology, as well as preventive conservation and management of museum collections. The activities of the Entomological Department began in 1971. The Entomological Collection consists of...

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