I have always been fascinated by plants, so it was no surprise that I became a botanist. During my years in academia (2008-2017), my research focussed on reconstructing molecular phylogenies and utilising them in a comparative framework. I looked into the phylogenetic distribution of medicinal properties in plants, exploring how we can use phylogenies to guide the discovery of new medicinal plants. I also dabbled in plant biogeography and comparative ethnobiology.
In 2017 I decided it was time for me to leave academia. I started running nature and foraging tours in Crete, Greece, exploring the amazing flora of my homeplace with visitors. I joined the great team of Transmitting Science in 2018 as course and conference coordinator. More recently, I have developed a new passion within Transmitting Science; working as a career coach to help academics navigate their careers in and outside academia.
Research topics: macroecology, macroevolution, phylogeny, phylogenetic comparative methods, medicinal plants, ethnobotany.