Stefania Klayn has an MSc in marine biology from the University of Brest, France, and a PhD on benthic invertebrate communities in the Black Sea from the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Research, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Since 2011, she has worked as a researcher at IBER-BAS. Her scientific interests include the biodiversity and ecology of Black Sea benthic invertebrate communities, human impacts on coastal ecosystems, environmental quality assessment, habitat mapping and marine ecosystem functioning.
She has participated in several national and international projects, with tasks focused on the assessment of benthic community diversity and health, benthic indicator performance and suitability in the Black Sea, habitat mapping in MPAs, mapping and assessment of ecosystem services in the Bulgarian Black Sea.
Stefania deeply believes that scientists have a responsibility to share their knowledge and passion with the public to engage people of all ages and professions in working together to protect the Black Sea’s unique and diverse ecosystems.