Professor of Applied Entomology and director of the laboratory of Entomology and Agricultural Zoology at the University of Thessaly, Greece since 2006. Nikos got his PhD in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and pursued post-doctoral studies in the Department of Entomology at the University of California Davis. He joined the faculty of the Department of Agriculture Crop Production and Rural Environment, at University of Thessaly, Greece in 2004. In Volos (University of Thessaly), he teaches Agricultural Zoology, General Entomology at the undergraduate level, and Insect Pest Management, Insect Ecology and Insect Physiology at the graduate level. He taught also Applied Entomology at the undergraduate level.
For more than two decades, Nikos has been working on the ecology, behaviour and management of fruit flies (Tephritidae), the most important group of invasive pests. In a nutshell, his research includes the overwintering dynamics of tropical insect pests in marginal for their existence environments, population dynamics and population models, the divergence of life history traits of invasive (geographically distant) populations, several aspects of the demography and behaviour of fruit flies, and recently the expansion of medfly distribution in cooler, northern temperate areas. Adaptations to marginal environments, plasticity in life history traits as well as traits that enable medfly to be such a successful invader are also within his research interests. Nikos work includes basic and applied aspects of the biology of the European cherry fruit fly embracing effects of the endosymbiont Wolbachia. He has also been active in developing trapping systems, and establishing Area Wide Integrated Pest Management Programs against fruit flies and other pest. Along these lines, he is actively involved in research regarding the implementation of area wide projects against fruit flies, using the Sterile Insect Technique and new developments such as the Incompatible Insect Technique. Nikos scientific output is represented by over 75 papers in ISI indexed journals including, besides Entomology, broader areas of Biology (papers published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Aging Cell, Oecologia, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society etc); five PhD, and many Masters theses. Nikolaos Papadopoulos is currently council member of the IOBC-WPRS.