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Dr. Nikolaos Skoulikidis | Hydrogeochemistry | Innovative Citation Leadership Award

Research director at Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece

Dr. Nikolaos Skoulikidis is a highly accomplished researcher and environmental scientist with a wealth of experience in biogeochemistry and environmental management. He holds a Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry from the University of Hamburg and a Bachelor’s degree in Geology from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Dr. Skoulikidis has held various research positions, including Head of the Department of Environmental Research at the Institute of Inland Waters, HCMR. His current research and educational activities focus on water management, coastal environment utilization, and environmental education. Dr. Skoulikidis is involved in several projects aimed at sustainable water management and environmental conservation on Greek islands. He is also engaged in research on stable isotopes for surface flow estimation and the ecological status of Greek rivers and coastal waters. Throughout his career, Dr. Skoulikidis has been recognized for his scientific achievements, receiving awards such as the ECOCITY 2011 Award for Scientific Research and recognition in the LIFE EnviFriendly project. His dedication to research, positive attitude, and expertise in environmental science make him a valuable asset to the field.

Professional Profiles:

📚 Education:

Dr. Nikolaos Skoulikidis has a strong educational background in geology and biogeochemistry. He earned his PhD in Biogeochemistry from the University of Hamburg in 1990, with a thesis focused on the biogeochemistry of major Greek rivers. Prior to this, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Geology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in 1982, with a thesis on the distribution of heavy metals in various environmental settings in the Maliakos Gulf region.

🗣️Work experience:

Dr. Nikolaos Skoulikidis has a rich and extensive employment history, spanning several prestigious institutions and roles. Since 2008, he has been serving as a Researcher A΄ and the Head of the Research Direction “Integrated River Basin Management” at the Department of Inland Waters (DIW) of the Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters (IMBRIW) at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR). Prior to this, from 2003 to 2008, he held the position of Researcher B΄ at the same institute. Dr. Skoulikidis has been actively involved in research and management roles at HCMR since 1998, initially as the Head of the Department of Environmental Research. His tenure at HCMR also includes positions as a Researcher C΄ (1998-2003) and a Researcher D΄ (1994-1998). Before joining HCMR, Dr. Skoulikidis worked as a Scientific Collaborator at the Civil Engineering Department of the National Technical University of Athens in 1994. He also served as the Head of the Department of Environmental Research & Technology at Intratech Technology Transfer Ltd. from 1990 to 1994. Additionally, he gained valuable research experience as a Scientific Collaborator at the University of Hamburg, Institute of Geology & Palaeontology, Department of Biogeochemistry from 1987 to 1990, and as a Research Assistant at the same institution from 1986 to 1987


Dr. Nikolaos Skoulikidis is actively engaged in various research and educational activities that contribute to the advancement of water management and environmental education. He is involved in emblematic actions focusing on water management and the utilization of coastal environments and wave potential on several islands, including Halki, Antikythira, and Kythira. Additionally, Dr. Skoulikidis leads environmental education initiatives, particularly marine literacy programs for high school students in island regions such as Crete, Sardinia, and Majorca, using innovative technological tools. He also participates in projects aimed at increasing knowledge of water bodies’ importance on Greek islands, encompassing research, education, and citizen science. Furthermore, Dr. Skoulikidis is responsible for projects applying stable isotopes to estimate the contribution of vapor condensation processes to surface flow in mountainous islands with frequent fog coverage, such as internal projects at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR). He is also involved in the presentation and geo-mythological interpretation of ancient Greek myths in interactive exhibitions, water management planning for islands like Samothraki, and monitoring the ecological status of Greek rivers, coastal, and transitional waters in compliance with the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EU.


Dr. Nikolaos Skoulikidis possesses a range of valuable skills that have contributed to his success in his research and management roles. He is dedicated to his research, demonstrating a strong commitment to advancing scientific knowledge. His positive attitude and emotional intelligence enable him to work effectively with colleagues and stakeholders, fostering productive relationships. Dr. Skoulikidis also has experience in human resources management, which has been instrumental in leading and coordinating research teams. His ability to work well in groups enhances collaboration and facilitates the achievement of common goals.


Dr. Nikolaos Skoulikidis has received prestigious awards for his outstanding contributions to scientific research and environmental projects. In 2011, he was honored with the ECOCITY Award for Scientific Research, recognizing his significant achievements in the field. Additionally, Dr. Skoulikidis was recognized for his exceptional work in the LIFE EnviFriendly project, being awarded as one of the five best projects in the 2009 LIFE program. These accolades underscore his commitment to excellence and innovation in environmental science and research.


📚Publications :

Constructed floating wetlands: a review of research, design, operation and management aspects, and data meta-analysis

Authors: N Pavlineri, NT Skoulikidis, VA Tsihrintzis

Citations: 305

Year: 2017

Non-perennial Mediterranean rivers in Europe: status, pressures, and challenges for research and management

Authors: NT Skoulikidis, S Sabater, T Datry, MM Morais, A Buffagni, G Dörflinger, …

Citations: 251

Year: 2017

Managing the effects of multiple stressors on aquatic ecosystems under water scarcity. The GLOBAQUA project

Authors: A Navarro-Ortega, V Acuna, A Bellin, P Burek, G Cassiani, …

Citations: 235

Year: 2015

Heavy metal contamination status in Greek surface waters: A review with application and evaluation of pollution indices

Authors: I Karaouzas, N Kapetanaki, A Mentzafou, TD Kanellopoulos, N Skoulikidis

Citations: 195

Year: 2021

The environmental state of rivers in the Balkans—A review within the DPSIR framework

Authors: NT Skoulikidis

Citations: 177

Year: 2009

A novel approach to analysing the regimes of temporary streams in relation to their controls on the composition and structure of aquatic biota

Authors: F Gallart, N Prat, EM García-Roger, J Latron, M Rieradevall, P Llorens, …

Citations: 159

Year: 2012

River ecosystem processes: A synthesis of approaches, criteria of use and sensitivity to environmental stressors

Authors: D Von Schiller, V Acuña, I Aristi, M Arroita, A Basaguren, A Bellin, …

Citations: 156

Year: 2017

An integrated approach to watershed management within the DPSIR framework: Axios River catchment and Thermaikos Gulf

Authors: AP Karageorgis, MS Skourtos, V Kapsimalis, AD Kontogianni, …

Citations: 150

Year: 2005

Analysis of factors driving stream water composition and synthesis of management tools—A case study on small/medium Greek catchments

Authors: NT Skoulikidis, Y Amaxidis, I Bertahas, S Laschou, K Gritzalis

Citations: 147

Year: 2006

Water and sediment quality assessment of the Axios River and its coastal environment

Authors: AP Karageorgis, NP Nikolaidis, H Karamanos, N Skoulikidis

Citations: 108

Year: 2003

The environmental state of freshwater resources in Greece (rivers and lakes)

Authors: NT Skoulikidis, I Bertahas, T Koussouris

Citations: 101

Year: 1998

The mirage toolbox: an integrated assessment tool for temporary streams

Authors: N Prat, F Gallart, D Von Schiller, S Polesello, EM García‐Roger, J Latron, …

Citations: 94

Year: 2014

Particle bound pollutants in rivers: Results from suspended sediment sampling in Globaqua River Basins

Authors: H Rügner, M Schwientek, R Milačič, T Zuliani, J Vidmar, M Paunović, …

Citations: 93

Year: 2019



Nikolaos Skoulikidis | Hydrogeochemistry | Innovative Citation Leadership Award

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