I was born on Crete, where I spent the first 18 years of my life roaming in nature. It was during that time that I was first exposed to foraging by my family. I studied biology with a focus on botany. Following a PhD in evolutionary biology and traditional medicinal plants (UK), I went on to work at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew (UK), the Australian National University (Australia) and the Botanical Garden of Copenhagen (Denmark) for several years, researching plant uses and their evolution, as well as teaching plant science. I also became a member of the Association of Foragers and a fellow of the Linnean Society of London. After becoming Assistant Professor, I decided it was time to return to roaming in nature on Crete. Drawing on my scientific expertise in plant biology and how people use plants, my newfound passion is now teaching people about the outstanding biodiversity of Crete and its wild food resources. I enjoy cooking and eating them too!
I love the nature of Crete and I enjoy showing it to visitors. I also love plants and I am fascinated by the different ways we can use them. If you are curious to see a bit of Cretan nature and forage with me, I would be happy to invite you to one of my tours.
Nature, Plants, Foraging, Cooking
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