Elena Politi, biologist, collaborates with the Tethys Research Institute since 1991 (full-time up to 2010). Initially involved in data collection and analysis on dolphins in Croatia, in 1993 she founded the Ionian Dolphin Project, a long-term project on the socio-ecology of two resident populations of coastal dolphins in the Ionian Greece, which she directed until 2003. From 2003 to 2010 she has actively managed the Tethys Research Institute as Executive Director first and Financial Manager later on. In her career within Tethys, Elena has been involved in several research campaigns run by the Institute, including surveys in the Caribbean Sea, in the Canary Islands, in the former Spanish Sahara, and several Mediterranean areas. She has been member of the Tethys Board of Director’s from 1994 to 2016, and has been Tethys vice-president from 1996 to 2000.
From 2015 she works as freelance web designer, managing, among others, several web site projects connected to the activities conducted by the Tethys Research Institute.