Dr. Alexios Monopolis grew up on the island of Corfu, Greece and in Baltimore, Maryland.
Academically, he completed a Senior Fellowship in Environmental Diplomacy and Photojournalism at Dartmouth College, a Fulbright Grant in Sustainability Science & Policy in Mediterranean Europe, a MSc in Biodiversity Conservation & Management at Oxford University, an MFA and an MA at the University of California in Photography & Filmmaking and International Studies, respectively, an MTS at Harvard University in Environmental Philosophy & Positive Psychology (a.k.a. “the science of happiness”), and a PhD in Environmental Science & Management; concentrating on the psychological dimensions of sustainable lifestyles.
Professionally, he has worked for the White House (Council on Environmental Quality), the National Geographic Society, in the Balkans as the International Political Advisor for the organization charged with the development of the only trans-frontier conservation area (or “international peace park”) in the region, as a Search & Rescue professional (taking part in several emergency medical operations around the globe ranging from Ground Zero in NYC to Sri Lanka, post-tsunami), as a photojournalist (focusing on environmental and social justice issues), and as a wilderness guide.
Most recently, Alexios served as Harvard University’s fitness coach, running the university’s “Harvard On The Move” program, and as a lecturer and research associate at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design. He also served as the Director of Fitness & Wellness at the Meadowbrook Aquatic & Fitness Center, and as a coach for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club.
At Johns Hopkins University, Alexios teaches courses in the Global Environmental Change and Sustainability Program, is the Program Manager for the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Sustainability & Health, serves as the Faculty Advisor for the Johns Hopkins Outdoors Club, and is the Strength & Conditioning Coach for the Men’s and Women’s Swimming teams.
At Under Armour, Alexios is an endorsed Athlete, co-leads the UA Run Club, tests gear and serves as an Athletic Performance Coach at UA’s Performance Center (powered by FX Studios).
Alexios spends his free time outdoors running, kayaking, sailing and swimming.