Microbial Communities and Habitats in Aquatic Environments Laboratory (MiCHAEL)

Department of Ichthyology & Aquatic Environment

University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece


  • STUDENTS: Dimitra Hioteli & Elsa Kappa succesfully defended their undergraduate thesis entitled "Impact of growth medium concentration on the growth of Sparus aurata fecal bacteria". Congratulations, Dimitra and Elsa!!! [02 Nov. 2022]

Research interests

The research interests of MiCHAEL are … small. We focus on aquatic ecology by investigating patterns and processes that underpin the distribution, abundance and diversity of microorganisms in diverse aquatic habitats. Some of our quests deal with the following:

  • How do aquatic microbial communities assemble?

  • Which members of the microbial trophic web are the key players in defining and maintaining community structure?

  • How do these trophic links change over time?

  • What is the role of spatial structure in regulating the community’s stability?

  • How do abiotic parameters regulate ecosystem functioning of microbial processes?

  • What types of association exist between prokaryotes and aquatic animals?

Taught courses at DIAE

* Microbiology (3rd semester)

* Microbial ecology of aquatic ecosystems (7th semester)

* Applications of aquatic microorganisms (7th semester; elective course)

* Microbial source tracking (10th semester; elective course)

Last update: Dec. 2022