Vassiliki I Kati

Vassiliki I Kati
University of Ioannina | UOI · Department of Biological Applications and Technologies

PhD in Ecology (Universite Catholique de Louvain, Belgium), Degree in Biology (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)

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Introduction
Kiki is Professor of Biodiversity Conservation. She is a conservation biologist, working with several animal taxa. She sets up biodiversity databases, with a special preference for the Mediterranean mountains. Her research interests lie in the field of biodiversity conservation, focusing on community ecology, endangered species conservation, protected areas management, sustainable development and conservation policy.
Additional affiliations
May 2017 - present
University of Ioannina
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • Applied ecology, field ecology
October 2006 - May 2017
University of Patras
Position
  • Lecturer
Description
  • Biodiversity Conservation, Wild fauna management, Protected areas managemen, Monitoring of habitats and species, Planning and Sustainable Development.
Education
October 1997 - October 1999
October 1997 - May 2001
September 1992 - September 1996

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Publications (164)
Technical Report
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Η επιστημονική έκθεση παρουσιάζει τον εθνικό χάρτη των περιοχών χωρίς δρόμους της Ελλάδας. Πρόκειται για 389 πολύγωνα που ονομάζονται Αδιατάρακτες Φυσικές Περιοχές (ΑΦΠ), έχουν έκταση άνω των 2 τ.χλμ έκαστο και δεν διατρέχονται από δρόμους.Επιπλέον ο χάρτης περιλαμβάνει 3518 νησιά άνευ δρόμων, ή Νησιωτικές Αδιατάρακτες Φυσικές Περιοχές (ΝΑΦΠ) ανεξα...
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An overview of the current European nature conservation policy is presented and the tools available to conserve those invertebrates not protected under the EU environmental legislation. Biodiversity is declining in the EU at alarming rates. Natura 2000 network of protected areas is the cornerstone of the EU policy for nature conservation, but EU le...
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The current technical report presents the results of a research project in two Natura 2000 sites, namely the National Park of Oeta Mountain (GR2440004) and Tymphristos mountain (GR2430001). OITI project concerned the Orthoptera community of the two mountains and specifically their endemic and/or threatened species. It presents the objectives of the...
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Golden Eagles are resident in Greece and known to feed mainly on tortoises when breeding. However, information on alternative prey is scarce, especially during the tortoise brumation, that roughly coincides with the eagles’ non-breeding season. We analyzed 827 prey items collected from 12 territories over five territory years and 84 records of eagl...
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Abstract: Humanity depends directly on biodiversity and its services but we currently face both biodiversity and a climate crisis. The lecture will focus on two topical issues: (a) Road sprawl is a key driver behind biodiversity loss. We suggest a new national and European roadless policy towards the non-net-land take milestone. We present the road...
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Balkan chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balcanica) is a protected species with an Inadequate-Bad (U2) conservation status in Greece and its hunting is prohibited since 1969. We investigated the seasonal range use pattern, demography and habitat selection of the species in Timfi Mountain (Natura 2000 site). We used 1168 observations obtained from six se...
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Sacred groves in Greece are usually forest remnants with large trees around chapels, protected through centuries by Orthodox religion. We examined the comparative ecological value of 20 oak-dominated sacred groves vs managed oakwoods, in terms of their habitat characteristics and avian communities (passerines and wood-peckers). Sacred groves have m...
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Electronic brochure (pdf) and poster (jpeg) summarizing how the climate targets for clean energy in Greece can be achieved from the operation of wind farms, without substantial damage to biodiversity, in the context of European environmental policy and the Sustainable Development Goals. What is the European Green Deal? What is the Greek energy and...
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Ηλεκτρονικό φυλλάδιο (pdf) και poster (jpeg) που συνοψίζoυν το πώς να μπορούν να επιτευχθούν οι κλιματικοί στόχοι για καθαρή ενέργεια στην Ελλάδα από τη λειτουργία αιολικών πάρκων, χωρίς ουσιαστική βλάβη στη βιοποικιλότητα, στο πλαίσιο της Ευρωπαϊκής περιβαλλοντικής πολιτικής και των Στόχων Βιώσιμης Ανάπτυξης. Τι είναι η Ευρωπαϊκή πράσινη συμφωνία;...
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Global environmental goals mandate the expansion of the protected area network to halt biodiversity loss. The European Union’s Natura 2000 network covers 27.3% of the terrestrial area of Greece, one of the highest percentages in Europe. However, the extent to which this network protects Europe’s biodiversity, especially in a biodiverse country like...
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To τρίπτυχο βιοποικιλότητα-δρόμοι-αιολικά στο πλαίσιο των Στόχων Βιώσιμης Ανάπτυξης: η Ελληνική περίπτωση. Διάλεξη με επίκεντρο τέσσερις θεματικές ενότητες: Α. Βιοποικιλότητα & κλιματική αλλαγή: οι προκλήσεις του 21ου αιώνα. Β. Δρόμοι: η "επιτομή" της ανθρωπογενούς παρέμβασης στη φύση. Γ. Αιολικά πάρκα: επιτακτική ανάγκη για κατάλληλη χωροθέτηση. Δ...
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Εθνικό Πάρκο Βόρειας Πίνδου. Όλη η φυσική, γεωλογική και πολιτισμική κληρονομιά των δύο Εθνικών Δρυμών Βίκου-Αώου και Πίνδου (Βάλια Κάλντα). Οι μεγάλες κορυφές, τα μοναδικά οικοσυστήματα, η άγρια πανίδα και σπάνια χλωρίδα των Δρυμών, οι άνθρωποι σε μια κοινή πορεία με τη φύση από τα βάθη των αιώνων, η ιστορία και ο τοπικός πολιτισμός, τα χωριά του...
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The webinar was organized by the Policy Committee of the European Section of the Society for Conservation Biology in 26/1/2021. Two recent papers published for Greece were used to illustrate the webinar topics (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2020.108828 and https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144471). The goal of the webinar was : (A) to pr...
Technical Report
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Η παρούσα πολιτική σύνοψη (policy brief) παρουσιάζει ένα βιώσιμο σενάριο χωροθέτησης των Αιολικών Σταθμών Παραγωγής Ηλεκτρικής Ενέργειας (ΑΣΠΗΕ), για την επίτευξη του εθνικού ενεργειακού στόχου αξιοποίησης της αιολικής ενέργειας με το ελάχιστο περιβαλλοντικό και κοινωνικό κόστος. Το βιώσιμο σενάριο: i. Ορίζει χερσαία επενδυτική ζώνη για την εγκατά...
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Wind energy is the leading renewable technology towards achieving climate goals, yet biodiversity trade-offs via land take are emerging. Thus, we are facing the paradox of impacting on biodiversity to combat climate change. We suggest a novel method of spatial planning that enhances windfarm sustainability: investments are prioritized in the most f...
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The dataset presents the roadless areas (RAs) of Greece (2/2020) in kmz format (Google Earth). RAs are defined as those land patches of a size greater than 1 sq.km that are at least 1 km away from the nearest road. The dataset pinpoints the 1.115 RAs, accounting for 4.99% of the Greek land. The map includes high and medium confidence data. Red poly...
Technical Report
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Οι Περιοχές Άνευ Δρόμων (ΠΑΔ) είναι εκείνες οι χερσαίες περιοχές οι οποίες έχουν έκταση άνω του 1km2 και απέχουν πάνω από 1 km από τον πλησιέστερο δρόμο. H πολιτική σύνοψη διαρθώνεται στα εξής υποκεφάλαια: 1. Τι είναι οι περιοχές άνευ δρόμων - ΠΑΔ; 2. Ποια η σχέση των δρόμων με την απώλεια της βιοποικιλότητας; 3. Γιατί οι ΠΑΔ αποτελούν μείζον πολ...
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Land use change poses as the top threat for biodiversity decline, and road sprawl as a key driver behind it globally. According to the recent Landscape Fragmentation Indicator (LFI), Greece is less fragmented than the rest of Europe but presents higher rates of fragmentation increase. We developed the Roadless Fragmentation Indicator (RFI) to monit...
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Balkan chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balcanica) is a protected species with an Inadequate-Bad (U2) conservation status in Greece. Our study explores its seasonal range use pattern, demography and habitat selection in a site of the Natura 2000 network, Timfi Mountain. To this aim, we examined 1168 observations obtained from six seasonal surveys (2002...
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Abstract Inferring species' responses to climate change in the absence of long‐term time series data is a challenge, but can be achieved by substituting space for time. For example, thermal elevational gradients represent suitable proxies to study phenological responses to warming. We used butterfly data from two Mediterranean mountain areas to tes...
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Understanding the feeding habits of wolves is essential for designing and implementing fundamental management processes across the range of the species. This is even more important within human-dominated areas, such as southern Europe, and more especially Greece. In this context, we analyzed 123 scat samples, collected between 2010 and 2012, from a...
Technical Report
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The Vjosa/Aoos river still flows freely from the Pindus mountains in Greece, to the river mouth in Albania largely without artificial obstacles. The river stretches for 270km in total and 70km are flowing within the Greek area. Downstream of the Pigai dam in Greece (10km from the springs of Aoos), the river is near natural, representing all types o...
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Information on the status and distribution of species within a geographical region is vital for designing effective conservation plans. We assessed the distribution and relative abundance of four large mammalian species in the Aoos river basin and its main tributaries with a focus on the unprotected parts of the area, by using remotely triggered ca...
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Α. ΠΕΡΙΓΡΑΦΗ ΧΑΡΤΗ Είναι ένας χάρτης εννέα ζωνών προσβάσιμος μέσω του ελεύθερου προγράμματος Google Earth, ως οδηγός για παροχή θετικής γνωμοδότησης αποκλειστικά για τις δύο εξωτερικές ζώνες του. Ο φάκελος «wind farms allowed» του χάρτη ορίζει με πράσινη γραμμή τις ζώνες θετικής γνωμοδότησης, ήτοι την περιφερειακή ζώνη και τη ζώνη 1 της μη βασικής...
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The database presents the occurrence of 145 Orthoptera species threatened according to IUCN criteria (global and European assessment: CR, EN, VU, NT) and/or Greek endemics in Natura 2000 sites of Greece (186 sites). Data are derived from the book of Willemse, L.P.M., Kleukers, R.M.J.C, Ode, B. (2018): The Grasshoppers of Greece. EIS Kenniscentrum I...
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Demonstration of the loss of biodiversity where non native breeds of cattle have been introduced on Mediterranean mountains of Greece.
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In this study we investigate the environmental factors influencing butterfly communities and evaluate the Natura 2000 network’s effectiveness in representing butterfly species richness and abundance, taking as a case study the island of Cyprus. We sampled butterflies and 11 environmental factors in 60 randomly selected sites across four 500-m eleva...
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Red Lists are very valuable tools in nature conservation at global, continental and (sub-) national scales. In an attempt to prioritise conservation actions for European butterflies, we compiled a database with species lists and Red Lists of all European countries, including the Macaronesian archipelagos (Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands). In tot...
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Urbanization induces rapid landscape and habitat modifications leading to alterations in species distribution patterns and biodiversity loss. As pollinating insects such as butterflies are particularly susceptible to urbanization, it is important to pinpoint the factors that could enhance their diversity in the urban areas in order to design adequa...
Technical Report
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Livestock depredation is one of the main wolf-human conflict issues both in Europe and worldwide. The aim of the project is to study and evaluate wolf-livestock conflicts in Tzoumerka NP and to compare our findings with other protected areas in Greece. We have in particular set the following six research objectives: 1. To assess and describe tradit...
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Abstract Poster: Relationship between Orthoptera richness and pastoralism in Mediterranean mountains of southern Balkans. The threatened genus Peripodisma used as a key indicator to point out the negative impact of introduction of non-indigenous breeds of cattle. Michèle Lemonnier-Darcemont (1), Vassiliki Kati (2), Luc Willemse (3), Christian Darce...
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The Management Body of the Rodopi Mountain-Range National Park in collaboration with expert scientists, implemented in 2014-2015, the monitoring of the Balkan Chamois (Rupicapra rupicapra balcanica) in the RMNP. During the period 2016-2018, the BC continued to be monitored, with emphasis in the Frakto Forest area, with the collaboration of the Mana...
Book
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This open pdf is a translation in Greek of the English key on Orthoptera identification
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This study examined the effects of pastoralism, including cattle grazing, on populations of three species of locally endemic and rare Peripodisma grasshoppers in calcareous grassland mountain habitats of northwestern Greece and southern Albania. The three Peripodisma species are on the IUCN Red List as near threatened, endangered, and critically en...
Technical Report
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Απώτερος σκοπός της παρούσας έκθεσης είναι η αξιολόγηση της προόδου της περιβαλλοντικής πολιτικής της χώρας μας στον θεματικό άξονα της φύσης και της βιοποικιλότητας, με βάση τις πολιτικές και θεσμικές δεσμεύσεις της Ελλάδας για την ανάσχεση της απώλειας της βιοποικιλότητας και την προώθηση της βιώσιμης ανάπτυξης σε εθνική, Ευρωπαϊκή και παγκόσμια...
Technical Report
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We present here the summary of the full technical report (in Greek) concerning the state of nature and biodiversity in Greece in terms of 12 indicators. The state of nature and biodiversity generally appears to be sufficient compared to the rest of Europe, as the indicators used in this report have shown. The country has made notable progress in bi...
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Question What are the woody vegetation encroachment patterns after agricultural land abandonment? Focusing on two parameters, woody plant species richness and vertical vegetation heterogeneity (number of different vegetation strata and their relative cover), we investigated: i) the effect of forest encroachment following land abandonment, ii) the c...
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Muggia, L., Kati, V., Rohrer, A., Halley, J. & Mayrhofer, H. 2018. Species diversity of lichens in the sacred groves of Epirus (Greece). – Herzogia 31: 231–244. The sacred groves in the mountains of Epirus in NW Greece have been established during the Ottoman period and consist of locally adapted systems set apart from the surrounding intensively m...
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Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds - edited by Grzegorz Mikusiński March 2018
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The Epirus dancing grasshopper (Chorthippus lacustris) is a unique endemic insect of NW Greece, Critically Endangered, forming only five populations in the world. It has experienced a great habitat loss (>80%) the last 70 years. It lives in periodically flooded grasslands and needs high soil humidity. It loves tall and dense herbs and feeds on them...
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Cambridge Core - Natural Resource Management, Agriculture, Horticulture and forestry - Ecology and Conservation of Forest Birds - edited by Grzegorz Mikusiński
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Urbanization causes rapid changes in the landscape and land use, exerting a significant pressure on bird communities. The effect of urbanization on bird diversity has been widely investigated in many cities worldwide; however, our knowledge on urban bird communities from the eastern Mediterranean region is very scarce. In this context, we aimed to...
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Mountains are complex ecosystems supporting a great variety of taxa. Here, we explored the diversity patterns of arthropods in two mountains, pinpointing the spatial scale that accounts most for overall diversity variation, using an additive partitioning framework. Butterflies and Orthoptera were sampled in Rodopi (2012) and Grammos (2013) mountain...
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Our understanding of arthropod responses to environmental pressures is limited, especially for the poorly studied Mediterranean region. In the light of likely further environmental change and the need for protocols for rapid biodiversity assessment, we measured how the abundance and species richness of two taxa, ground spiders and Orthoptera, belon...
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Más recursos gratuitos sobre ciencias ambientales en: www.ScienceJournalForKids.org Imagínate qué sentirías al volar por el cielo con unas alas tan anchas que, cuando coges un poco de aire caliente que se eleva, remontas el vuelo durante kilómetros. Así es como vuelan los buitres cuando buscan su próxima comida. Por desgracia, los mejores lugares...
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Imagine how it would feel to fly through the sky on wings so wide, when you catch some rising warm air you soar for miles! This is how vultures fly as they look out for their next meal. Unfortunately, places that are best for vultures can also be good locations for wind farms because there’s lots of wind to turn their turbines and make electricity....
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Wind farm development can combat climate change but may also threaten bird populations’ persistence through collision with wind turbine blades if such development is improperly planned strategically and cumulatively. Such improper planning may often occur. Numerous wind farms are planned in a region hosting the only cinereous vulture population in...
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Vulture telemetry locations used in the analysis. (DOCX)
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Predicted cumulative annual collision mortality under different avoidance rates for operating and proposed wind farms per conservation zones. (DOCX)
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Technical characteristics and coordinates of the operating and proposed wind farms in the study area. (DOCX)
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Average values per conservation zone of the technical and biological parameters feeding the Collision Risk Model. (DOCX)
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The PREDICTS project—Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems (www.predicts.org.uk)—has collated from published studies a large, reasonably representative database of comparable samples of biodiversity from multiple sites that differ in the nature or intensity of human impacts relating to land use. We have used t...
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The PREDICTS project—Projecting Responses of Ecological Diversity In Changing Terrestrial Systems (www.predicts.org.uk)—has collated from published studies a large, reasonably representative database of comparable samples of biodiversity from multiple sites that differ in the nature or intensity of human impacts relating to land use. We have used t...