PhD in Marine Biology, Lecturer in Department of Biology, Vlora University “Ismail Qemali” 
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The University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali” is a public higher education institution located in Vlore, Albania and has the competence to attend public service in the field of the higher education and scientific research, also establishing relationships with other academic, cultural and scientific institutions, either Albanians or from other countries. Its academic program is based on the Bologna Accord. Biology Department is part of  Faculty of Technical Sciences at University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali” and offers three programs. “The Bachelor Program in Biology” (since the academic year 2010) is a program of first cycle studies and is focused on equipping students with basic knowledge on methods of genelar scientific principles striving for the build-up of specific skills in Biology. The second program is focused on Research Sciences Field “Environmental Biology” (120 ECTS)and the normal duration is 2 full academic years. The objective of this program is to prepare future specialists in environmental biology. Also this program includes the preparation of these specialists to be employed in environmental agencies, tourist, businesses, forest, national parks, specialist in the field of study and conservation of flora and fauna. Biology Department, is currently involved in the research of marine biology through various collaborations between our University and the Department of  Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana. Currently the department has three marine biologists, which carry out research in marine zoology and ecology. Our research is focused on the medium-littoral and infra-littoral habitats, their biodiversity, the structure of the communities and the health status of the ecosystem. During the last five years, our research has been carried out in the Vlora Bay, and also in the Marine Protected area of Sazan-Karaburuni.


UV will Co- lead WP3 also will host a pilot joint action performing field works in selected sites and will contribute to: WP1 Contributing data on Cystoseira spatial distribution and identification of major stressors. WP2 Contribution on state of pressure and degradation data and also with samples for physiological and genetic examinations. WP4 Contributing to reviewing tasks on ecosystem service provision, assessment of benefits, gaps and policy needs. WP5 Participation to the meetings and to the discussion; contacting stakeholders in their areas/cases. In WP6 UV is going to contribute with the creation of a corporate image, photo-video-graphic and e-material (e.g., 3 factsheets, 6 newsletters, flyers, posters, press releases depending on news and timing of news, short videos and graphic elements) will be made available to be used for specialists (e.g. scientists and practitioners), institutional (e.g. policy makers, decision makers, MPAs) non-specialist audiences (e.g. industries and services representatives) and general public (e.g. kids, students, citizens). WP7 Contributing to the Steering Committee, to all project reports, participating to the project meetings, representing AFRIMED in national and international conferences.


Prof. Sajmir Beqiraj (male) is Lecturer of Hydrobiology; Aquatic Ecology and Marine Biology in the Department of Biology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana. Invited Professor / Lecturer (part-time) in the Biology department, University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali” His role in the project is to study the benthic macrophyte biodiversity, evaluate their health status, the rate of degradation and the main causes of disturbance of habitats. All this through the presence of indicator species, abiotic environmental and the presence of alien species. He has participated in about 60 scientific and environmental projects as an expert, team leader and coordinator, of which 32 international projects; coordinator of 17 projects. Author of over 45 scientific and environmental reports within the framework of these projects. Representative of Albania in the Group of Experts of the European Council for the Conservation of Invertebrates. EC, Strasburg, member of the International Association of Biological Oceanography (IABO), Representative of Albania in the European Network of Marine Research Institutes and Stations (MARS Network). Role in the AFRIMED WP3 Co-leader; Expert in Cystoseira habitat ecology and biodiversity assessment.

PhD Ina Nasto (Female) Doctor in marine biology, Lecturer of Comparative Anatomy of vertebrates and assistant lecturer in Invertebrates Zoology, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali”. His PhD research has been on the ecology and biodiversity of the cold-water coral habitats of the Adriatic. Previous experiences in ecological assessment and biodiversity of lagoon and rocky coast habitats in the bay of Vlora. He has participated in two international projects, awarded a scholarship as a PhD student at the University of Milan Bicocca, Department of the Environment, Land and Earth Sciences. has experience in morphometry and biodiversity of scleractinian corals and calcareous algae. Role in the AFRIMED: team leader and coordinator for Albanian partner. Field and Laboratory technician, Marine ecologist, and zoologist.

Prof. Asoc. Denada Kasemi (Sota) (Female) Lecturer of Invertebrate Zoology, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Vlora “Ismail Qemali”. She has been involved in several studies concerning the biomonitoring of the rocky coasts of Vlora Bay, biodiversity assessment and evaluation of the ecological quality of the coastal zone. She has participated in seven projects as environmental expert, marine biologist and ecologist. Author of over 14 scientific and environmental publications in scientific journals and 24 participations in congresses on marine biology. Research topics, aquatic ecology, benthic macroinvertebrates in marine and coastal habitats; invasive alien species, hard and soft bottom biodiversity assessment.

Dr. Eva Cipi (Female) Director of the Regional Development Center (RDC Center) Vlora University Ismail Qemali, Lecturer in Informatics. Founder and Leader of the Education and Research Center for European Pedagogical Patents in ICT, creating the National EPICTALBANIA Moderator of 2 National Workshops for IT WeB Proms and FP7 Grid Technologies, UPT Scientific Research & Information Engineering Department UPV. She has participated in several scientific projects as an expert, team leader and coordinator. Author of over 30 scientific papers within the framework of these projects. Its AFRIMED policy will be in the coordination and organization of WP6 Communication and Dissemination activities.

Prof. Asoc. Hajdar Kicaj (Male) Dean of the Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Vlora ‘‘Ismail Qemali’’ Has long experience in teaching in some university curricula as well:  Methodology of Natural Science; Applied Ecology; Knowledge of the environment; Etology; Basics of Ecology; Vertebrates Zoologi; Biochemistry etc.

Has also been the author and coauthor of  five text school books, and other four books and / or monographs. Has been involved in several national and international projects. The main research fields are ecology and zoology, diversity and ecology of soil macro fauna of the group of Myriapoda. More than 30 contributions are presented and published in national or international events (workshops, seminars, conferences, etc).

Prof. Lefter Kashta (Male) Expert on aquatic flora and ecology in the Research Center for Flora and Fauna, University of Tirana. He has participated in 16 national and international projects as an expert in marine and freshwater flora. Professor of algology in Biology Department Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Tirana. His role in the project is the study of biodiversity and the assessment of the ecological status of the benthic macrophytes of the rocky seabed in the areas involved in the study. Author of 37 scientific papers, and 12 environmental reports as environmental expert and researcher in the field of marine biology and ecology. Role in the AFRIMED External expert in Cystoseira taxonomy, algology and aquatic flora ecology.

Dr. Stela Ruci (Female) Lecturer of General Botany in Department of Aquaculture, Department of Plant Protection, Department of Animal Production, Department of Agromechanization, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment. Previous experiences in the assessment of the biodiversity of the rocky coasts of the bay of Vlora during the research for the doctoral thesis. Wildlife expert of the Sublittoral and Eulittoral rocky coasts. Author of 9 Research Papers, and 16 participations in conferences and congresses. Role in the AFRIMED External expert in Biodiversity assessment, field and laboratory technician