Meet our Team

Assembly Members

Yannis Papastamatiou

Yannis was born in London, UK, although he also spent 6 years living in Athens, Greece. He completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Southampton (in Oceanography) before moving to the US to complete a Masters (California State University Long Beach) and PhD (University of Hawaii at Manoa). Yannis then completed two post-docs (University of Hawaii, University of Florida), before moving to Scotland where he worked as a Research Fellow at the University of St Andrews. Finally, he took a faculty position at Florida International University where he is now an Assistant Professor. He has studied the behavior and ecology of sharks and other fishes all over the world, including the eastern and central Pacific, California, Florida, Japan, Bahamas, Belize, and Alaska. He has worked with many species including tiger, hammerheads, whites, reef sharks, salmon sharks and the endangered smalltooth sawfish. He also loves to dive, previously worked as a dive instructor and is trained in most forms of technical diving. Yannis’ two hobbies are Brazilian jiu-jitsu and cave diving.