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About Maria Potouroglou
Maria Potouroglou
Expert, Marine Programme

My academic background lies in marine biology and ecology, biogeochemistry, remote sensing, or simply everything related to seagrass. My passion for seagrasses dates back to 2007 and since then I have been fortunate enough to work in a number of projects in the Mediterranean (Greece and Spain), UK, Kenya, Tanzania and Saudi Arabia. I hold a PhD from Edinburgh Napier University, which focussed on the role of seagrasses in carbon storage and coastal protection.

I joined GRID-Arendal in 2016 to provide support to the Ecosystems, Economics and Sustainable Development Programme and more specifically to the following projects: Blue Solutions, GEF Blue Forests, Norwegian Blue Forests Network and ResponSEAble. I work with team members in the Economies, Environment and Sustainable Development as well as the Communications Programme to develop and promote appropriate tools and approaches to support sound environmental decision-making.

From 2010 to 2015, I was a member of COST Action ES0906, a European network of seagrass researchers, and I was awarded a ‘Short-term Scientific Mission’ grant twice. Since 2014, I have been co-ordinating a network of scientists based across the globe to measure sedimentation processes, with the aim to model coastal ecosystems vulnerability and prioritise management needs in the face of climate change, sea level rise and the enormous worldwide pressure on marine ecosystems.

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