Dr Sofie Spatharis

  • Lecturer (Life Sciences Animal Biology)
  • Associate (Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine)

Research interests

My research is focused on understanding the ecological processes that shape marine communities and sustain their diversity and productivity at both local (patch) and regional (metacommunity) scales. I approach these research questions using numerical modelling, laboratory experimentations and field monitoring. Other research interests include the study of dynamics of harmful algal blooms and the assessment of the ecological status of coastal waters. 


Grants

Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.

  • A.G.Leventis Foundation Scholarship - E.Christoforou
    A.G. Leventis Foundation
    2018 - 2019
     

Supervision

    Present and future projects

    2019-20 "Developing eDNA approaches to monitoring planktic threats to salmonic aquaculture AQUASCAN" - BBSRC accelerator fund with Martin Llewellyn

    2019-20 “Harnessing environmental metabolomics to understand algal warfare” Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Excellence and Innovation Catalyst Grant

    2018-P     “Resilience in connected plankton communities following a heat wave event-CoDRes” in the framework of AQUACOSM-TA, EU funded project (EU H2020-INFRAIA-project No 731065)

    Completed Projects

    2017-2018     “Environmental DNA (eDNA) targeted TempO-Seq as a novel quantitative tool for monitoring aquaculture risk agents” BBSRC Agri-Food Technology Seeding Catalyst fund

    2016         “Environmental DNA - a new cost-effective tool for monitoring risk agents for salmonid and shellfish aquaculture”. Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) Consolidator Grant with Martin Llewellyn

    ​2015-16   “Building the first theoretical and experimental database for diatom short-term responses to changes in nutrient availability”. MASTS funding with Juan Bonachella 

    2014-16   “The relative role of niche and neutral mechanisms in controlling phytoplankton genetic and morphological diversity –ECOGENE”. European Social Fund

Teaching

I teach across year one to year 4 of our BSc Degrees in Zoology and Marine & Freshwater Biology in the School of Life Sciences. I teach in the courses Environmental Biology, Aquatic Ecosystems, Univariate and Multivariate stats and I coordinate the Animal Biology, Evolution and Ecology course. I also teach statistics at the Quantitative Ecology and MRes Masters of BAHCM Institute.


Publications

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Number of items: 32.

2018

Peters, L., Spatharis, S. , Dario, M. A., Dwyer, T., Roca, I. J.T., Kintner, A., Kanstad-Hanssen, Ø., Llewellyn, M. S. and Praebel, K. (2018) Environmental DNA: a new low-cost monitoring tool for pathogens in salmonid aquaculture. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, 3009. (doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.03009) (PMID:30581425) (PMCID:PMC6292926)

Smeti, E., Roelke, D. L., Tsirtsis, G. and Spatharis, S. (2018) Species extinctions strengthen the relationship between biodiversity and resource use efficiency. Ecological Modelling, 384, pp. 75-86. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2018.06.006)

Tamvakis, A., Anagnostopoulos, C.-N., Tsirtsis, G., Niros, A. D. and Spatharis, S. (2018) Optimized classification predictions with a new index combining machine learning algorithms. International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools, 27(3), 1850012. (doi:10.1142/s0218213018500124)

Papanikolopoulou, L. A., Smeti, E., Roelke, D. L., Dimitrakopoulos, P. G., Kokkoris, G. D., Danielidis, D. B. and Spatharis, S. (2018) Interplay between r- and K-strategists leads to phytoplankton underyielding under pulsed resource supply. Oecologia, 186(3), pp. 755-764. (doi:10.1007/s00442-017-4050-x) (PMID:29299673)

Sakavara, A., Tsirtsis, G., Roelke, D. L., Mancy, R. and Spatharis, S. (2018) Lumpy species coexistence arises robustly in fluctuating resource environments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(4), pp. 738-743. (doi:10.1073/pnas.1705944115) (PMID:29263095)

2017

Karayanni, H., Meziti, A., Spatharis, S. , Genitsaris, S., Courties, C. and Kormas, K. A. (2017) Changes in microbial (Bacteria and Archaea) plankton community structure after artificial dispersal in grazer-free microcosms. Microorganisms, 5(2), 31. (doi:10.3390/microorganisms5020031) (PMID:28587211)

2016

Smeti, E., Roelke, D. L. and Spatharis, S. (2016) Spatial averaging and disturbance lead to high productivity in aquatic metacommunities. Oikos, 125(6), pp. 812-820. (doi:10.1111/oik.02684)

2015

Smeti, E., Roelke, D. L., Gremion, G., Linhart, J. M., Danielidis, D. B. and Spatharis, S. (2015) Potential mechanisms of coexistence between two globally important pseudo-nitzschia (Bacillariophyta) species. Hydrobiologia, 762(1), pp. 89-101. (doi:10.1007/s10750-015-2340-z)

Le Vin, A., Nousek-McGregor, A. E. , Paterson, V., Welsh, M. and Spatharis, S. (2015) Extending Constructive Alignment To Work-Based Learning To Ease Transitions: Do students Perceive the Use of Assessment as an Effective Method of Preparing for their Careers? In: 2nd International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education 2015, Glasgow, UK, 9-11 Jun 2015, (Unpublished)

Roelke, D. L. and Spatharis, S. (2015) Phytoplankton succession in recurrently fluctuating environments. PLoS ONE, 10(3), e0121392. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0121392) (PMID:25803437) (PMCID:PMC4372531)

Roelke, D. L. and Spatharis, S. (2015) Phytoplankton assemblage characteristics in recurrently fluctuating environments. PLoS ONE, 10(3), e0120673. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0120673) (PMID:25799563) (PMCID:PMC4370464)

2014

Tamvakis, A., Trygonis, V., Miritzis, J., Tsirtsis, G. and Spatharis, S. (2014) Optimizing biodiversity prediction from abiotic parameters. Environmental Modelling and Software, 53, pp. 112-120. (doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2013.12.001)

2013

Spatharis, S. and Tsirtsis, G. (2013) Zipf–Mandelbrot model behavior in marine eutrophication: two way fitting on field and simulated phytoplankton assemblages. Hydrobiologia, 714(1), pp. 191-199. (doi:10.1007/s10750-013-1536-3)

Smeti, E., Kormas, K.A. and Spatharis, S. (2013) A non-phylogenetic alpha diversity approach on prokaryotic community structure in aquatic systems. Ecological Indicators, 29, pp. 361-366. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.01.027)

Spyropoulou, A., Spatharis, S. , Papantoniou, G. and Tsirtsis, G. (2013) Potential response to climate change of a semi-arid coastal ecosystem in eastern Mediterranean. Hydrobiologia, 705(1), pp. 87-99. (doi:10.1007/s10750-012-1384-6)

2012

Tamvakis, A., Miritzis, J., Tsirtsis, G., Spyropoulou, A. and Spatharis, S. (2012) Effects of meteorological forcing on coastal eutrophication: modeling with model trees. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 115, pp. 210-217. (doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2012.09.003)

Roelke, D.L., Spatharis, S. and Mitrovic, S.M. (2012) A new hydrology: effects on ecosystem form and functioning. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 69(8), pp. 1377-1379. (doi:10.1139/f2012-085)

Carteron, A., Jeanmougin, M., Leprieur, F. and Spatharis, S. (2012) Assessing the efficiency of clustering algorithms and goodness-of-fit measures using phytoplankton field data. Ecological Informatics, 9, pp. 64-68. (doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2012.03.008)

Spatharis, S. , Skliris, N., Meziti, A., Kormas, K.A. and Weyhenmeyer, G. (2012) First record of a trichodesmium erythraeumbloom in the mediterranean sea. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 69(8), pp. 1444-1455. (doi:10.1139/f2012-020)

2011

Tsirtsis, G. and Spatharis, S. (2011) Simulating the structure of natural phytoplankton assemblages: descriptive vs. mechanistic models. Ecological Modelling, 222(12), pp. 1922-1928. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2011.03.029)

Spatharis, S. , Roelke, D.L., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G. and Kokkoris, G.D. (2011) Analyzing the (mis)behavior of Shannon index in eutrophication studies using field and simulated phytoplankton assemblages. Ecological Indicators, 11(2), pp. 697-703. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2010.09.009)

Spatharis, S. , Orfanidis, S., Panayotidis, P. and Tsirtsis, G. (2011) Assembly processes in upper subtidal macroalgae: the effect of wave exposure. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 91(2), pp. 298-305. (doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2010.10.032)

2010

Spatharis, S. and Tsirtsis, G. (2010) Ecological quality scales based on phytoplankton for the implementation of Water Framework Directive in the Eastern Mediterranean. Ecological Indicators, 10(4), pp. 840-847. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2010.01.005)

2009

Spatharis, S. , Dolapsakis, N.P., Economou-Amilli, A., Tsirtsis, G. and Danielidis, D.B. (2009) Dynamics of potentially harmful microalgae in a confined Mediterranean Gulf—assessing the risk of bloom formation. Harmful Algae, 8(5), pp. 736-743. (doi:10.1016/j.hal.2009.03.002)

Spatharis, S. , Mouillot, D., Chi, T.D., Danielidis, D.B. and Tsirtsis, G. (2009) A niche-based modeling approach to phytoplankton community assembly rules. Oecologia, 159(1), pp. 171-180. (doi:10.1007/s00442-008-1178-8)

2008

Spatharis, S. , Mouillot, D., Danielidis, D.B., Karydis, M., Chi, T.D. and Tsirtsis, G. (2008) Influence of terrestrial runoff on phytoplankton species richness-biomass relationships: a double stress hypothesis. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 362(1), pp. 55-62. (doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2008.06.003)

Tsirtsis, G., Spatharis, S. and Karydis, M. (2008) Application of the lognormal equation to assess phytoplankton community structural changes induced by marine eutrophication. Hydrobiologia, 605(1), pp. 89-98. (doi:10.1007/s10750-008-9307-2)

Tsirtsis, G., Spatharis, S. , Sampatakaki, A. and Spyropoulou, A. (2008) Thresholds of terrestrial nutrient loading for the development of eutrophication episodes in a coastal embayment in the Aegean Sea. Translational Waters Bulletin, 2(3), pp. 25-37. (doi:10.1285/i1825229Xv2n3p25)

2007

Spatharis, S. , Danielidis, D.B. and Tsirtsis, G. (2007) Recurrent Pseudo-nitzschia calliantha (Bacillariophyceae) and Alexandrium insuetum (Dinophyceae) winter blooms induced by agricultural runoff. Harmful Algae, 6(6), pp. 811-822. (doi:10.1016/j.hal.2007.04.006)

Spatharis, S. , Tsirtsis, G., Danielidis, D.B., Chi, T.D. and Mouillot, D. (2007) Effects of pulsed nutrient inputs on phytoplankton assemblage structure and blooms in an enclosed coastal area. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 73(3-4), pp. 807-815. (doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2007.03.016)

2006

Mouillot, D., Spatharis, S. , Reizopoulou, S., Laugier, T., Sabetta, L., Basset, A. and Do Chi, T. (2006) Alternatives to taxonomic-based approaches to assess changes in transitional water communities. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 16(5), pp. 469-482. (doi:10.1002/aqc.769)

2005

Copp, G.H., Spatharis, S. and Turmel, M. (2005) Consistency of diel behaviour and interactions of stream fishes and invertebrates during summer. River Research and Applications, 21(1), pp. 75-90. (doi:10.1002/rra.833)

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Number of items: 32.

Articles

Peters, L., Spatharis, S. , Dario, M. A., Dwyer, T., Roca, I. J.T., Kintner, A., Kanstad-Hanssen, Ø., Llewellyn, M. S. and Praebel, K. (2018) Environmental DNA: a new low-cost monitoring tool for pathogens in salmonid aquaculture. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, 3009. (doi:10.3389/fmicb.2018.03009) (PMID:30581425) (PMCID:PMC6292926)

Smeti, E., Roelke, D. L., Tsirtsis, G. and Spatharis, S. (2018) Species extinctions strengthen the relationship between biodiversity and resource use efficiency. Ecological Modelling, 384, pp. 75-86. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2018.06.006)

Tamvakis, A., Anagnostopoulos, C.-N., Tsirtsis, G., Niros, A. D. and Spatharis, S. (2018) Optimized classification predictions with a new index combining machine learning algorithms. International Journal on Artificial Intelligence Tools, 27(3), 1850012. (doi:10.1142/s0218213018500124)

Papanikolopoulou, L. A., Smeti, E., Roelke, D. L., Dimitrakopoulos, P. G., Kokkoris, G. D., Danielidis, D. B. and Spatharis, S. (2018) Interplay between r- and K-strategists leads to phytoplankton underyielding under pulsed resource supply. Oecologia, 186(3), pp. 755-764. (doi:10.1007/s00442-017-4050-x) (PMID:29299673)

Sakavara, A., Tsirtsis, G., Roelke, D. L., Mancy, R. and Spatharis, S. (2018) Lumpy species coexistence arises robustly in fluctuating resource environments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 115(4), pp. 738-743. (doi:10.1073/pnas.1705944115) (PMID:29263095)

Karayanni, H., Meziti, A., Spatharis, S. , Genitsaris, S., Courties, C. and Kormas, K. A. (2017) Changes in microbial (Bacteria and Archaea) plankton community structure after artificial dispersal in grazer-free microcosms. Microorganisms, 5(2), 31. (doi:10.3390/microorganisms5020031) (PMID:28587211)

Smeti, E., Roelke, D. L. and Spatharis, S. (2016) Spatial averaging and disturbance lead to high productivity in aquatic metacommunities. Oikos, 125(6), pp. 812-820. (doi:10.1111/oik.02684)

Smeti, E., Roelke, D. L., Gremion, G., Linhart, J. M., Danielidis, D. B. and Spatharis, S. (2015) Potential mechanisms of coexistence between two globally important pseudo-nitzschia (Bacillariophyta) species. Hydrobiologia, 762(1), pp. 89-101. (doi:10.1007/s10750-015-2340-z)

Roelke, D. L. and Spatharis, S. (2015) Phytoplankton succession in recurrently fluctuating environments. PLoS ONE, 10(3), e0121392. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0121392) (PMID:25803437) (PMCID:PMC4372531)

Roelke, D. L. and Spatharis, S. (2015) Phytoplankton assemblage characteristics in recurrently fluctuating environments. PLoS ONE, 10(3), e0120673. (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0120673) (PMID:25799563) (PMCID:PMC4370464)

Tamvakis, A., Trygonis, V., Miritzis, J., Tsirtsis, G. and Spatharis, S. (2014) Optimizing biodiversity prediction from abiotic parameters. Environmental Modelling and Software, 53, pp. 112-120. (doi:10.1016/j.envsoft.2013.12.001)

Spatharis, S. and Tsirtsis, G. (2013) Zipf–Mandelbrot model behavior in marine eutrophication: two way fitting on field and simulated phytoplankton assemblages. Hydrobiologia, 714(1), pp. 191-199. (doi:10.1007/s10750-013-1536-3)

Smeti, E., Kormas, K.A. and Spatharis, S. (2013) A non-phylogenetic alpha diversity approach on prokaryotic community structure in aquatic systems. Ecological Indicators, 29, pp. 361-366. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.01.027)

Spyropoulou, A., Spatharis, S. , Papantoniou, G. and Tsirtsis, G. (2013) Potential response to climate change of a semi-arid coastal ecosystem in eastern Mediterranean. Hydrobiologia, 705(1), pp. 87-99. (doi:10.1007/s10750-012-1384-6)

Tamvakis, A., Miritzis, J., Tsirtsis, G., Spyropoulou, A. and Spatharis, S. (2012) Effects of meteorological forcing on coastal eutrophication: modeling with model trees. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 115, pp. 210-217. (doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2012.09.003)

Roelke, D.L., Spatharis, S. and Mitrovic, S.M. (2012) A new hydrology: effects on ecosystem form and functioning. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 69(8), pp. 1377-1379. (doi:10.1139/f2012-085)

Carteron, A., Jeanmougin, M., Leprieur, F. and Spatharis, S. (2012) Assessing the efficiency of clustering algorithms and goodness-of-fit measures using phytoplankton field data. Ecological Informatics, 9, pp. 64-68. (doi:10.1016/j.ecoinf.2012.03.008)

Spatharis, S. , Skliris, N., Meziti, A., Kormas, K.A. and Weyhenmeyer, G. (2012) First record of a trichodesmium erythraeumbloom in the mediterranean sea. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 69(8), pp. 1444-1455. (doi:10.1139/f2012-020)

Tsirtsis, G. and Spatharis, S. (2011) Simulating the structure of natural phytoplankton assemblages: descriptive vs. mechanistic models. Ecological Modelling, 222(12), pp. 1922-1928. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2011.03.029)

Spatharis, S. , Roelke, D.L., Dimitrakopoulos, P.G. and Kokkoris, G.D. (2011) Analyzing the (mis)behavior of Shannon index in eutrophication studies using field and simulated phytoplankton assemblages. Ecological Indicators, 11(2), pp. 697-703. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2010.09.009)

Spatharis, S. , Orfanidis, S., Panayotidis, P. and Tsirtsis, G. (2011) Assembly processes in upper subtidal macroalgae: the effect of wave exposure. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 91(2), pp. 298-305. (doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2010.10.032)

Spatharis, S. and Tsirtsis, G. (2010) Ecological quality scales based on phytoplankton for the implementation of Water Framework Directive in the Eastern Mediterranean. Ecological Indicators, 10(4), pp. 840-847. (doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2010.01.005)

Spatharis, S. , Dolapsakis, N.P., Economou-Amilli, A., Tsirtsis, G. and Danielidis, D.B. (2009) Dynamics of potentially harmful microalgae in a confined Mediterranean Gulf—assessing the risk of bloom formation. Harmful Algae, 8(5), pp. 736-743. (doi:10.1016/j.hal.2009.03.002)

Spatharis, S. , Mouillot, D., Chi, T.D., Danielidis, D.B. and Tsirtsis, G. (2009) A niche-based modeling approach to phytoplankton community assembly rules. Oecologia, 159(1), pp. 171-180. (doi:10.1007/s00442-008-1178-8)

Spatharis, S. , Mouillot, D., Danielidis, D.B., Karydis, M., Chi, T.D. and Tsirtsis, G. (2008) Influence of terrestrial runoff on phytoplankton species richness-biomass relationships: a double stress hypothesis. Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 362(1), pp. 55-62. (doi:10.1016/j.jembe.2008.06.003)

Tsirtsis, G., Spatharis, S. and Karydis, M. (2008) Application of the lognormal equation to assess phytoplankton community structural changes induced by marine eutrophication. Hydrobiologia, 605(1), pp. 89-98. (doi:10.1007/s10750-008-9307-2)

Tsirtsis, G., Spatharis, S. , Sampatakaki, A. and Spyropoulou, A. (2008) Thresholds of terrestrial nutrient loading for the development of eutrophication episodes in a coastal embayment in the Aegean Sea. Translational Waters Bulletin, 2(3), pp. 25-37. (doi:10.1285/i1825229Xv2n3p25)

Spatharis, S. , Danielidis, D.B. and Tsirtsis, G. (2007) Recurrent Pseudo-nitzschia calliantha (Bacillariophyceae) and Alexandrium insuetum (Dinophyceae) winter blooms induced by agricultural runoff. Harmful Algae, 6(6), pp. 811-822. (doi:10.1016/j.hal.2007.04.006)

Spatharis, S. , Tsirtsis, G., Danielidis, D.B., Chi, T.D. and Mouillot, D. (2007) Effects of pulsed nutrient inputs on phytoplankton assemblage structure and blooms in an enclosed coastal area. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 73(3-4), pp. 807-815. (doi:10.1016/j.ecss.2007.03.016)

Mouillot, D., Spatharis, S. , Reizopoulou, S., Laugier, T., Sabetta, L., Basset, A. and Do Chi, T. (2006) Alternatives to taxonomic-based approaches to assess changes in transitional water communities. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 16(5), pp. 469-482. (doi:10.1002/aqc.769)

Copp, G.H., Spatharis, S. and Turmel, M. (2005) Consistency of diel behaviour and interactions of stream fishes and invertebrates during summer. River Research and Applications, 21(1), pp. 75-90. (doi:10.1002/rra.833)

Conference Proceedings

Le Vin, A., Nousek-McGregor, A. E. , Paterson, V., Welsh, M. and Spatharis, S. (2015) Extending Constructive Alignment To Work-Based Learning To Ease Transitions: Do students Perceive the Use of Assessment as an Effective Method of Preparing for their Careers? In: 2nd International Conference on Enhancement and Innovation in Higher Education 2015, Glasgow, UK, 9-11 Jun 2015, (Unpublished)

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