Maria Papakonstantinou is a research associate at the Laboratory of Marine Geology and Physical Oceanography in the Geology department of the University of Patras. She holds an MSc in Oceanography – Exploration, Mapping and Management of the Marine Environment and an MSc in Ecology, Protection and Management of the Natural Environment. Her main interests include contamination assessment in polluted sediments in transitional waters and marine habitat mapping via remote sensing techniques. She has presented her work at national and international conferences.