The Laboratory of Ichthyology (LoI) is located on the 5th floor of the School of Biology building and occupies approximately 300 m2. It currently numbers four (4) full-time faculty members, as well as post doctorate, doctorate, graduate and undergraduate students. It was formed as a unit of the Department of Zoology in 1964 and was separated as a distinct Laboratory in 1990.
LoI undertakes and promotes a multidisciplinary approach to Ichthyology, Fisheries, Aquaculture and Limnology both at the teaching and research level, with research aiming to the conservation and management of both marine and freshwater ecosystems.
Current graduate and undergraduate teaching activities fall into the following broad categories: Ichthyology (i.e., morphology, anatomy, physiology, taxonomy, age, growth, reproduction, ecology and population dynamics, fisheries, effects of fisheries on ecosystems, and management), Freshwater biology and ecology (i.e., physical and chemical properties of freshwaters, aquatic pollution, ecotoxicology, biological indicators, plankton, benthos, nekton, fisheries and management of freshwater ecosystems) and Aquaculture (i.e., introductory aspects, types of aquaculture, and biology of cultured fishes). FishBase, the largest electronic encyclopaedia for fishes, is heavily used for teaching many of the above mentioned courses.
The LoI has adequate research facilities, including a variety of equipment that are required for the research undertaken. Our research activities fall into four broad categories: (1) Ichthyology, with main emphasis on the taxonomy, life history aspects, and conservation status of Mediterranean and Balkan fishes; (2) Description and assessment of the state of the Mediterranean marine fisheries, stock assessment, fisheries modeling and forecasting, fishing gear selectivity, and fisheries management; (3) Freshwater biology and ecology, with emphasis on zooplankton and zoobenthos ecology, fisheries, eutrophication, pollution, ecotoxicology, and surface water quality assesment according to the 2000/60/EC Water Directive; and (4) Aquaculture. The Greek marine and freshwater fish fauna is recorded and more than 6000 samples of Greek fishes are conserved in the Museum of LoI. The target of our research is the conservation and management of freshwater and marine ecosystems.
Our research activities and projects are funded by National (i.e., the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works) and International institutions/organisations (i.e., the European Union, Food and Agriculture Organization).