Dr. Savvas Zotos

Research associate
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About me

Savvas Zotos is a visiting scholar at the European University of Cyprus and a researcher officer at Terra Cypria – the Cyprus Conservation Foundation, conducting his Post-Doctoral Research on reptiles’ locomotion and behaviour. He holds a B.Sc. (2004) and Ph.D. (2014) in Biology (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens) and has been awarded a scholarship for Doctoral (PENEK) and Post-Doctoral Research (DIDACTOR) by the Cyprus Research and Innovation Foundation. His main research interests are in Animal Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation with special focus on reptiles.

Before joining Terra Cypria, he served as a researcher/herpetologist at the Department of Agricultural Sciences, Biotechnology and Food Science, Cyprus University of Technology (2016-2017), Terrestrial Ecosystems Management Lab, Open University of Cyprus (2014-2016), Nature Conservation Unit, Frederick University (2009-2014). He also collaborated and offered his scientific expertise on monitoring and conservation of flora and fauna to several public authorities including the Department of Environment, the Department of Forest, the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research and Game and Fauna Service. During the years he offered his scientific expertise as a member of the board in a number of environmental Non-Government Organizations (i.e. Cyprus Herpetological Society, Cyprus Federation of Environmental and Ecological Organizations, Friends of the Earth Cyprus) and is the scientific advisor for the development of Cyprus Reptile Park that Cyprus Herpetological Society is constructing at Neo Chorio, Pafos. He is also one of the principal investigators behind the creation of the Cyprus RoadKill Observation System, a citizen science approach that aims to report and analyse the impact of Cyprus Road Network on wild animals. Thus far he has participated in numerous EU funded projects (LIFE, COST, Erasmus), assisting project management, providing scientific expertise and conducting research on animal monitoring and conservation. He has participated and presented his research work in various international scientific conferences concerning zoology, herpetology and animal conservation.

Key publications

Manolaki, P., Zotos, S. & I. N. Vogiatzakis (2020) An integrated ecological and cultural framework for landscape sensitivity assessment in Cyprus, Land Use Policy, p.104336

Zotos, S., F. Baier, D. Sparrow & I. N. Vogiatzakis (2018) A citizen science approach to assess the impact of roads on reptile mortality in Cyprus. Proc. SPIE 10773, Sixth International Conference on Remote Sensing and Geoinformation of the Environment (RSCy2018). 107730J  p 13

Zotos, S. & I.N. Vogiatzakis (2018) CyROS: towards a common methodological framework for roadkills recording in Cyprus. Ecologia Mediterranea, 44(1), 109 - 114