National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Parallel to that, NKUA has always remained faithful to the idea of “University” as this is described by Humboldt; an institution, that is, in which society reflects upon itself.
The Laboratory of Ecology and Systematics was established in the 70’s by the late Prof. K. Anagnostidis and is directed thereafter by Prof. Dr. Athina Economou-Amilli. The Lab staff has extensive expertise in the fields of algae, plant and animal ecology and systematics. Special experience was gained by research on phytoplankton and benthic algae, as well as on primary productivity and anthropogenic impacts pertaining to domestic and abroad marine habitats, coastal lagoonal habitats, fluvial habitats and lacustrine habitats. The Lab created and maintains a strain bank of about 150 marine phytoplankton strains. The Lab team developed over the years expertise also in applied phycology for water depuration and aquaculture, harmful algae, and ecophysiology and cryostorage of phytoplankton. Numerous research projects and scientific cooperation efforts with academics in Greece and abroad were carried out over the years.
The Lab occupies a lot of space in the University with facilities for algae culturing, chemical analysis of water and biomass samples, microbial analysis, a lot of high quality microscopes some equipped with data imaging systems, scanning electron microscope. The Lab has an extensive collection of water sampling tools for field work and a very well organised library with lots of books, keys monographs and rare literature about algae.