Zografou K, Swartz MT, Tilden VP, McKinney EN, Eckenrode JA, Sewall BJ (2017) Severe decline and partial recovery of a rare butterfly on an active military training area. Biological Conservation. doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.09.026
Zografou K, Adamidis GC, Komnenov M, Kati V, Pitta E, Sotirakopoulos P, Chatzaki M. (2017) Diversity of spiders and orthopterans respond to intra-seasonal and spatial environmental changes. Journal of Insect Conservation. doi: 10.1007/s10841-017-9993-z
Zografou K, Wilson RJ, Halley JM, Tzirkalli E, Kati V (2017) How are arthopod communities structured and why are they so diverse? Answers from Mediterranean mountains using hierarchical additive partitioning. Biodiversity and Conservation. doi:10.1007/s10531-017-1303-2
Zografou K, Adamidis GC, Grill A, Kati V, Wilson RJ, Halley JM (2015) Who flies first? - Habitat-specific phenological shifts of butterflies and orthopterans in the light of climate change: a methodological case study from south-east Mediterranean. Ecological Entomology. doi: 10.1111/een.12220
Zografou K, Kati V, Grill A, Wilson RJ, Tzirkalli E, Pamperis L, Halley JM (2014) Signals of Climate Change in Butterfly Communities in a Mediterranean Protected Area. PLoS ONE 9(1): e87245. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0087245
Sgardeli V, Zografou K, Halley JM. (2016) Climate Change versus Ecological Drift: assessing 13 years of turnover in a butterfly community. Basic and Applied Ecology. doi:10.1016/j.baae.2015.12.008
Zografou K, Sfendourakis S, Pullin A and Kati V (2009). On the surrogate value of red-listed butterflies for butterflies and grasshoppers: a case study in Grammos site of Natura 2000, Greece. Journal of Insect Conservation. doi: 10.1007/s10841-008-9198-6
I am a conservation ecologist with expertise on the ecology and conservation of terrestrial invertebrate communities, including butterflies and Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets, katydids). During my Ph.D. research at the University of Ioannina (Greece), I explored butterflies’ and orthopterans’ species responses to climate change and identified measures needed to conserve species populations within and outside of protected areas. I also examined the effects of habitat-specific variables and especially of altitude and canopy cover, used as proxies of possible climate (via space-for-time substitution) and land use change (agriculture abandonment and forest encroachment). During my first postdoctoral position in Temple University (USA), I focused primarily on statistical analysis of data that have been systematically collected from 1998 on regal fritillary (Speyeria idalia idalia), an extremely rare butterfly species, for which the only viable remaining eastern population occurs at Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard Training Center in central Pennsylvania. With additional data on the whole butterfly species pool I am trying to better interpret ecological and behavioral patterns of the butterfly community, to clarify long-term population trajectories and spatial distributions and to evaluate the effects of wildfire and prescribed fire on grassland butterflies and their host plants. In my current position at the University of Bern (Switzerland), I will be conducting behavioral experiments with butterflies (Erebia spp., Araschnia levana). Under the lead of Dr. Andrea Grill we will try to answer if there is some evidence on whether age difference between male and females butterflies is essential for mate choice. Other research questions will focus on the effect of paved roads to butterfly movement and the permeability of landscapes when species move to higher altitudes as a response to global warming.