Antonia Chroni

Antonia is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Temple University, Philadelphia  PA 😊

B.Sc. Biochemistry and Biotechnology, Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of Thessaly, Greece (2010)

Franco-Hellenic M.Sc. Conservation Biodiversity, University of Montpellier II, France and University of the Aegean, Greece (2012)


During my undergraduate studies I crashed on my first course in evolution; and it was love at first sight! Since then, a fascinating journey on genetics and science in general has started, and driven me to Italy, France and lately, Serbia. I was fortunate to experience fieldwork while conducting my master thesis and discover a whole different world apart of the lab: the one of the nature. The study was in the framework of the POL-AEGIS project where potential impact of the electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted by mobile telecommunication antennas on the pollinators was investigated. Now in the frame of my PhD thesis, my work focuses on the hoverfly genus, Eumerus (Diptera: Syrphidae) in the Balkans: genus taxonomy phylogenesis and phylogeography, spatial population genetics and biodiversity conservation.
I am a curious person by nature, always seeking to answer questions​. I adore theater, literature and I cannot live without travelling.

Research projects and scholarships: 
Thales project (February 2012 - December 2015)
ExpeER project «Ecosystem Research» (June-July 2013)
State Scholarships Foundations (June-November 2014)
Erasmus+ Programme - International Credit Mobility (February-May 2017) 


Chroni, A., Grković, A., Ačanski, J., Vujić, A., Radenković, S., Petanidou, T. 2018. Disentangling a cryptic species complex and defining new species within the Eumerus minotaurus group (Diptera: Syrphidae), based on integrative taxonomy and Aegean palaeogeography, Contributions to Zoology  87 (4): 197-225.

Chroni, A. 2018. Spatial patterns of genetic diversity of the genus Eumerus (Diptera: Syrphidae) in the Balkans. Doctoral Dissertation, University of the Aegean, Mytilene (pp. 269).

Grković, A., Vujić, A., Chroni, A., van Steenis, J., Đan, M., Radenković, S. 2017. Taxonomy and systematics of three species of the genus Eumerus Meigen, 1822 (Diptera: Syrphidae) new to southeastern Europe, Zoologischer Anzeiger - A Journal of Comparative Zoology 270: 176-192.

Chroni, A., Djan, M., Obreht-Vidakovic, D., Petanidou, T., Vujic, A. 2017. Molecular species delimitation in the genus Eumerus (Diptera: Syrphidae). Bulletin of Entomological Research 107(1): 126-138.

Lázaro, A., A. Chroni, T. Tscheulin, J. Devalez, C. Matsoukas, and T. Petanidou. 2016. Electromagnetic radiation of mobile telecommunication antennas affects the abundance and composition of wild pollinators. Journal of Insect Conservation: 20(2): 315-324.

Grković A., Vujić A., Radenković S., Chroni A., Petanidou T. 2015. Diversity of the genus Eumerus Meigen (Diptera, Syrphidae) on the eastern Mediterranean islands with description of three new species. Annales de la Société entomologique de France (N.S.), 51(4): 361-373.