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Dr. Poulakakis Nikolaos

2012

1. PERSONAL

Name: Poulakakis Nikos

Date of birth: 1/03/1974

Place of Birth: Irakleio, Crete

Address: Department of Biology and Natural History Museum of Crete, University of Crete, P.O.Box 2208, GR-71409, Irakleio, Crete

Phone: +302810393619 and +302810393282

e-mail: poulakakis@nhmc.uoc.gr
2. EDUCATION


  • 1997: Biology B.Sc., Department of Biology, University of Crete.

  • 2000: Paleontology M.Sc., Department of Geology, University of Athens. Dissertation Title: “Molecular Phylogeny of the Extinct Pleistocene Dwarf Elephant Palaeoloxodon antiquus falconeri from Tilos Island (Dodekanisa, Greece).”

  • 2005: Biology Ph.D, Department of Biology, University of Crete. Dissertation Title: “Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of the wall-lizards Podarcis (Sauria: Lacertidae) in Greek area” (exact date of award: 27/01/2005).

  • 2005-2006: Postdoctoral Associate in the Molecular Systematics Lab, Natural History Museum of the University of Crete.

  • 2007-2009: Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Yale University.


3. ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:

  • 2005-2006: Research Scientist. Natural History Museum, University of Crete.

  • 2006-2007: Teaching Assistant (407/80) (equivalent to lecturer with tenure), Department of Biology, University of Crete (Sept. 2006 to Feb. 2007).

  • 2009 - present: Assistant Professor in Biology Department, University of Crete


4. Excellence Awards Fellowships

  • 1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997: Academic Excellence Studentship (State Scholarships Foundation) for my undergraduate studies in the Biology Department (University of Crete).

  • 1999: Academic Excellence Studentship (State Scholarships Foundation) during my graduate studies in the Geology Department of the University of Athens.

  • 2002-2003: Doctoral Fellowship from Bodossakis Foundation, Greece.

  • 2003-2004: Doctoral Fellowship from P. & M. Fyros Foundation, Greece.

  • 2002-2005: Doctoral Fellowship «Irakleitos: Operational Program for Education and Initial Vocational Training» (Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs).

  • 2008: Award of Academy of Athens for my work on the phylogeny and systematics of pygmy elephantoids of Greece using ancient DNA techniques.


5. Principal scientific activities and responsibilities

I am interested in retracing the evolutionary history of organisms. Much of my research focuses on molecular systematics, phylogeny, phylogeography, and population and conservation genetics of animal species inhabiting the eastern Mediterranean region. The majority of my work is based on DNA analysis and I am in a continuous struggle to figure out the extreme diversity of these animals in a temporal and spatial frame. I am mainly question driven rather than organism bound. Thus, I have been working with a variety of invertebrate and vertebrate taxa, ranging from land snails, to isopods, frogs, lizards, birds and mammals. My work has also focused on the development of methods for the retrieval of DNA sequences from archaeological and paleontological remains (ancient DNA),


6. Invited presentations

2001. In Max Planck Institute, Department of Evolutionary Genetics, Leipzig, Germany. Invited by Mark Stoneking. Title of presentation: “Molecular Phylogeny of the Extinct Pleistocene Dwarf Elephant Palaeoloxodon antiquus falconeri from Tilos Island (Dodekanisa, Greece)”.

2004. In International Workshop in Bioinformatics that took place in University of Crete (Department of Biology) and Foundation for Research and Technology (Institute of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, IMBB), Irakleio, Crete, Greece. Invited by the organizing committee of the workshop. Title of presentation: “Alignments, Phylogenetic Analysis, and Phylogenetic Packages”.

2009: In 31st Congress of HSBS (Hellenic Society of Biological Science, Patra 14-16 may. Title of presentation: Ancient DNA: sneaking into the past raises new horizons for the future.
7. Organization of International conferences

  • International Workshop in Bioinformatics. University of Crete and Foundation for Research and Technology (IMBB), Irakleion, Crete, Greece. Funded by UNESCO Office in Venice - Regional Bureau for Science in Europe – (ROSTE), 13-18 Sept 2004.

  • 11th International Congress on the Zoogeography and Ecology of Greece and Adjacent Regions. Natural History Museum of Crete, University of Crete, Irakleio, Crete, 22-26 Sept 2009.

  • 5th International Biogeography Society Meeting. Natural History Museum of Crete, University of Crete, Irakleio, Crete, 7-11 Jan 2011.


8. PUBLICATIONS

8.Α. Dissertations

1. Poulakakis Ν. 2000. Molecular Phylogeny of the Extinct Pleistocene Dwarf Elephant Palaeoloxodon antiquus falconeri from Tilos Island (Dodekanisa, Greece). Department of Geology, University of Athens

2. Poulakakis Ν. 2005. Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of the wall-lizards Podarcis (Sauria: Lacertidae) in Greek area. PhD Thesis, Department of Biology, University of Crete.

8.Β. PUBLICATIONS

  1. Poulakakis, N., Theodorou, G.E., Zouros, Z. & Mylonas, M. 2002. Molecular Phylogeny of the Extinct Pleistocene Dwarf Elephant Palaeoloxodon antiquus falconeri from Tilos Island (Dodekanisa, Greece). Journal of Molecular Evolution 55 (3), 364-374.

  2. Poulakakis, N., Mylonas, M., Lymberakis, P. & Fassoulas, C. 2002. Origin and taxonomy of the fossil elephants of the island of Crete (Greece): Problems and perspectives. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 186, 163-183.

  3. Poulakakis, N., Lymberakis, P., Antoniou, A.-B., Chalkia, D., Zouros, E., Mylonas, M. & Valakos, E. 2003. Molecular phylogeny and biogeography of the wall-lizard Podarcis erhardii (Squamata: Lacertidae) based on partial mtDNA sequences of the cytochrome b gene. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 28, 38–46.

  4. Mantziou, G., Poulakakis, N., Valakos, E., Lymberakis, P. & Mylonas, M. 2004. The inter- and intraspecific status of the Aegean Mauremys rivulata (Tesudines, Bataguridae) as inferred by mitochondrial DNA sequences. Herpetological Journal 14, 35-45.

  5. Poulakakis, N., Lymberakis, P. Tsigenopoulos, C, Magoulas, A. & Mylonas, M. 2005. Phylogenetic relationships ad evolutionary history of snake-eyed skink Ablepharus kitaibelii (Squamata: Scincidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 34(2), 245-256.

  6. Poulakakis, N., Lymberakis, P., Pafilis, P., Valakos, E. & Mylonas, M. 2005. Phylogeography of Balkan wall lizard (Podarcis taurica) and its relatives inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequences. Molecular Ecology 14, 2433-2443.

  7. Poulakakis, N., Lymberakis, P., Paragamian, K. & Mylonas, M. 2005. Isolation and amplification of shrew DNA from Barn Owl pellets. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 85, 331-340.

  8. Poulakakis, N., Lymberakis, P., Valakos, E., Zouros, E. & Mylonas, M. 2005. Phylogenetic relationships and biogeography of Balkan Podarcis species by Bayesian and Maximum Likelihood Analyses of Mitochondrial DNA Sequences. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 37, 845-857.

  9. Poulakakis, N., Lymberakis, P. & Fassoulas C. A. 2005. Deinotherium giganteum KAUP 1829 (Proboscidae, Deinotheriidae) from the Middle Miocene of Siteia (East Crete, Greece). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25(3), 732-736.

  10. Poulakakis, N., Goulielmos, G., Antoniou, A., Zouros, E. & Mylonas, M. 2005. Isolation and characterization of polymorphic microsatellite markers in the wall lizard Podarcis erhardii (Squamata: Lacertidae). Molecular Ecology Notes 5, 549-551.

  11. Mantziou, G., Antoniou, A., Poulakakis, N., Goulielmos, G., Tsigenopoulos, C.S., Pinou, Τ. & Mylonas, M. 2005. Isolation and characterization of six polymorphic microsatellite markers in the fresh water turtle Mauremys rivulata (Testudines: Geoemydidae). Molecular Ecology Notes 5, 727-729.

  12. Poulakakis, N., Parmakelis, A., Lymberakis, P., Mylonas, M., Zouros, E., Reese, D.S., Glaberman, S. & Caccone, A. 2006. Ancient DNA forces reconsideration of Mediterranean pygmy elephantids. Biology Letters 2, 451-454.

  13. Poulakakis, N., Lymberakis, P., Pafilis, P., Valakos, E. & Mylonas, M. 2006. Aspects of the evolutionary history of Podarcis taurica (Pallas 1814), P. gaigeae (Werner 1930) and P. milensis (Bedriaga 1882) in Greece. In: Mainland and insular lizards: a Mediterranean perspective. (Claudia Corti, Pietro Lo Cascio, Marta Biaggini, eds), pp. 161-174. Firenze: Firenze University Press (Monografie. Scienze; 8).

  14. Poulakakis, N., Tselikas, A., Bitsakis, I., Mylonas, M. & Lymberakis, P. 2007 Does the molecular analysis shed light on the origin of the ancient Greek manuscripts? Journal of Archaeological Science 34, 675-680.

  15. Pafilis, P., Foufopoulos, J., Poulakakis, N. Lymberakis, P. & Valakos, E.D. 2007 Digestive performance in five Mediterranean lizard species: effects of temperature and insularity. Journal of Comparative Physiology 177(1), 49-60.

  16. Poulakakis, N., Parmakelis, A., Lymberakis, P., Mylonas, M., Zouros, E., Reese, D.S., Glaberman, S. & Caccone A. 2007 It remains a mammoth DNA fragment. Biology Letters 3, 60-63.

  17. Valakos, E.D., Kourkouli, A., Skopeliti, M., Pafilis, P., Poulakakis, N., Voutsas, I., Lymberakis, P., Simou, C., Voelter, W. & Tsitsilonis, O.E. 2007. Combining immunological and molecular data to assess phylogenetic relations of some Hellenic Podarcis species. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 147(1), 1-10.

  18. Lymberakis, P.*, Poulakakis, N.*, Manthalou, G., Tsigenopoulos, C.S., Magoulas, A. & Mylonas, M. 2007. Mitochondrial Phylogeography of Western Palaearctic Rana (Pelophylax) spp. with emphasis in the Eastern Mediterranean populations. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 44, 115-125.

  19. Poulakakis, N., Pakaki, V., Lymberakis, P. & Mylonas M. 2008. Molecular Phylogeny of the Greek legless skink Ophiomorus punctatissimus (Squamata: Scincidae): The impact of Mid-Aegean trench in its phylogeography. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 47(1), 396-402.

  20. Poulakakis, N. & Sfenthourakis S. 2008. Molecular phylogeny and phylogeography of the Greek populations of the genus Orthometopon (Isopoda, Oniscidea) based on mtDNA sequences. Zoological Journal of Linnean Society 152, 707-715.

  21. Lymberakis, P., Poulakakis, N., Kaliontzopoulou, A., Valakos, E. & Mylonas, M. 2008. Two new species of Podarcis (Squamata: Lacertidae) from Greece. Systematics & Biodiversity 6(3), 307–318.

  22. Trichas, A., Lagkis, A., Triantis, K., Poulakakis, N. & Chatzaki M. 2008. Biogeographic patterns of tenebrionid beetles (Coleoptera, Tenebrionidae) on four island groups in the south Aegean Sea. Journal of Natural History, 42, 491-511.

  23. Xirouchakis, S.M. and Poulakakis, N. 2008 Biometrics, sexual dimorphism and gender determination in an insular population of griffon vultures (Gyps fulvus). ARDEA 96, 1-10.

  24. Poulakakis, N., Antoniou, A., Mantziou, G., Parmakelis, A., Skartsi, Th., Vasilakis D., Elorriaga J., de la Puente J., Gavashelishvili A., Ghasabyan M., Katzner T., McGrady M., Batbayar N., Fuller M., Natsagdorj, T. 2008. Population structure, diversity and phylogeography in the near threatened Eurasian Black Vulture Aegypius monachus (Falconiformes; Accipitridae) in Europe: insights from microsatellite and mtDNA variation. Biological Journal of Linnean Society 95, 859-872.

  25. Kapli P.*, Lymberakis P.*, Poulakakis N.*, Mantziou G., Parmakelis A. and Mylonas M. 2008. Molecular Phylogeny of three Mesalina species (M. guttulata, M. brevirostris and M. bahaeldini) from North Africa and the Middle East: another case of paraphyly? Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49, 102-110.

  26. Kyriazi P., Poulakakis N., Parmakelis A., Crochet P.A., Moravec J., Rastegar-Pouyani N., Tsigenopoulos C.S., Magoulas, A. and Mylonas M. & Lymberakis P. 2008. Mitochondrial DNA reveals the genealogical history of the Snake-eyed lizards (Ophisops elegans and O. occidentalis) (Sauria: Lacertidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49, 795-805.

  27. Poulakakis, N., Glaberman, S., Russello, M., Beheregaray, L.B., Ciofi, C., Powell, J.R. and Caccone, A. 2008. Rediscovery of an extinct species of giant Galápagos tortoise. PNAS, 105(40), 15464–15469.

  28. Kornilios, P., Poulakakis, N., Mylonas, M. and Vardinoyannis, K. 2009. Insights on the phylogeny and biogeography of the genus Zonites (Montfort, 1810) (Gastropoda: Pulmonata): Preliminary evidence from mitochondrial data. Journal of Molluscan Studies 75(2), 109 - 117.

  29. Pafilis, P., J. Foufopoulos, N. Poulakakis, P. Lymberakis, and E. D. Valakos. 2009. Tail shedding in island lizards (Lecartidae, Reptilia): Decline of antipredator defences in relaxed predation environments. Evolution 63(5), 1262–1278.

  30. Kornilios, P., Kyriazi, P., Poulakakis, N., Kumlutaş, Y., Ilgaz, C., Mylonas, M. and Lymberakis, P. 2010. Phylogeography of the ocellated skink Chalcides ocellatus (Squamata, Scincidae), with the use of mtDNA sequences: a hitchhiker's guide to the Mediterranean. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 54, 445-456.

  31. Kapli, P., Poulakakis, N., Lymberakis, P. & Mylonas, M. . A re-analysis of the molecular phylogeny of Lacertidae with currently available data. Basic and Applied Herpetology 25, 97-104.

  32. Russello, M.R., Poulakakis, N., Gibbs, J.P., Tapia, W., Powell, J.R. and Caccone, A. 2010. DNA from the Past Informs Ex situ Conservation for the Future: An “Extinct” Species of Galápagos Tortoise Identified in Captivity. PLOS One 5(1), e8683. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008683

  33. Lymberakis, P. & Poulakakis, N. 2010. Three continents claiming an archipelago: The evolution of Aegean’s herpetofaunal diversity. Diversity 2, 233-255.

  34. Parmakelis, A, Moustaka, M., Poulakakis, N., Louis, C., Slotman, M.A., Marshall, J.C., Awono-Ambene, P.H., Antonio-Nkondjio, C., Simard, F., Caccone, A. and Powell, J.R. 2010. Anopheles immune genes and amino acid sites evolving under the effect of positive selection. PLOS One 5(1), e8885. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008885).

  35. Poulakakis, N. & Stamatakis, A. 2010. Recapitulating the Evolution of Afrotheria: 57 genes and RGCs consolidate their history. Systematics & Biodiversity 8(3), 395–408.

  36. Deligianni, E., Morgan, R.N., Bertuccini, L., Kooij, T.W.A., Laforge, A., Poulakakis, N., Schüler, H., Louis, C., Matuschewski, K. & Siden-Kiamos, I. 2011. Critical role for a stage-specific actin in male exflagellation of the malaria parasite. Cellular Microbiology. 13(11), 1714–1730.

  37. Poulakakis, N., Russello, M., Geist, D., and Caccone, A. 2012. Unraveling the Peculiarities of Island Life: Vicariance, Dispersal and the Diversification of the Extinct and Extant Giant Galápagos Tortoises. Molecular Ecology, 21, 160-173.

  38. Garrick, R.C., Benavides, E., Russello, M.A., Gibbs, J.P., Poulakakis, N., Dion, K.B., Hyseni, C., Kajdacsi, B., Márquez, L., Bahan, S., Ciofi, C., Tapia, W. & Caccone, A. 2012. Genetic rediscovery of an ‘extinct’ Galápagos giant tortoise species. Current Biology 22(1), R10-R11.

  39. Poulakakis, N., Kapli, P., Kardamaki, A., Skourtanioti, E., Göcmen, B., Ilgaz, Ç., Kumlutaş, Y., Avcı, A., Lymberakis, P. 2012. Comparative phylogeography of six herpetofauna species in Cyprus: late Miocene to Pleistocene colonization routes. Biological Journal of Linnean Society (in press)

  40. Kyriazi, P., Kornilios, P., Nagy, T.N., Poulakakis, N., Kumlutaş, Y., Ilgaz, Ç., Avcı, A., Göçmen, B., Lymberakis, P. 2012. Comparative phylogeography reveals distinct colonization patterns of Cretan snakes. Journal of Biogeography (in press).

  41. Botoni, D., Kapli, P., Ilgaz, Ç., Kumlutaş, Y., Avcı, A., Rastegar-Pouyani, N., Fathinia, B., Lymberakis, P., Ahmadzadeh, F., Poulakakis, N. 2012 Molecular phylogeny and historical biogeography of the Anatolian lizard Apathya (Squamata, Lacertidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution (in press)


*indicates equal contribution of these authors

8.C. Publications with no peer review procedure

  1. Poulakakis N., Vardinoyiannis K. & Mylonas M., 1997. Biogeography of terrestrial molluscs of Kastelorizo Island group. Heldia, 4(5), 115.

  2. Slotman, M.A., Parmakelis, A., Marshall, J.C., Poulakakis, N., Awono-Ambene, P.H., Antonio-Nkondjio, C., Simard, F., Caccone, A., Powell, J.R. 2007. Patterns of selection on anti-malarian immune genes: Adaptive evolution in LRIM1 in Anopheles arabiensis. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 77(5), 250-250.

  3. Slotman, M.A., Parmakelis, A., Poulakakis, N., Dion, K.B., Marshall, J.C., Antonio-Nkondjio, C., Simard, F., Caccone, A., Powell, J.R. 2008. The evolution of anti-malarial immune genes in the Anopheles gambiae complex. American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 79(6), 201-201.


8.D. Research highlights

  1. 2006. Pygmy, but mammoth. Research highlights, Nature 440, 1092.

  2. 2008. The Galápagos' Lost and Found Random Samples, Science 321, 1749.


8.E. Chapters in books and other editions-translations

  1. Poulakakis N. & Vardinoyannis K. 2009. Abstracts of the International Congress on the Zoogeography, Ecology and Evolution of Eastern Mediterranean, 11th ICZEGAR, 21-25 September 2009, Herakleion, Crete, Greece. Hellenic Zoological Society, 218 pages.

  2. Willmer, P., Stone, G., Johnston, I. 2006 Περιβαλλοντική Φυσιολογία των Ζώων. Εκδόσεις Αεί, Αθήνα. (translation in Greek)



9. PARTCIPATION AND ANNANCOUMENTS TO SCIENTIFIC MEETINGS

I have participated in 18 international and national conferences with 50 announcements.


10. RESEARCH PROJECTS

I have been involved as Principal Investigator or co-Investigator in 20 scientific (national and international) projects.


11. SCIENTIFIC JOURNAL REVIEWER

Molecular Ecology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Biological Journal of Linnean Society, Silvae Genetica, Belgian Journal of Zoology, Herpetological Journal, European Journal of Wildlife Research, DNA Sequence, Biochemical Genetics, Zoological Journal of Linnean Society, Amphibia – Reptilia, Molecular Ecology Resources, PLoS ONE, Conservation Genetics, ZooKeys, Acta Herpetologica, Journal of Comparative Zoology, Journal of Biogeography.


12. Member in Societies

  • Hellenic Zoological Society

  • International Biogeography Society

  • Friends of Natural History Museum

  • International Society for Phylogenetic Nomenclature


13. Metrics


  • Researcher ID (accessed August 2011, based on ISI Web of Science):

http://www.researcherid.com/rid/E-7848-2011

Number of times cited: 323

h-factor: 10


  • Citations records through Google Scholar

http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=jua2DeoAAAAJ&hl=en

Number of times cited: 441



h-factor: 12




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