Justus Liebig University Giessen, Germany
Area of interest/Passion
- Human impact on biodiversity
- Conservation biology
- Biological Invasions
Italian, English, Spanish
I am an Italian young scientist. I completed my bachelor in Biology in 2011 at the University of Insubria, Italy. Then, I earned my Master Degree in Biodiversity Conservation at the University of Antwerp, Belgium. During and after my studies, I participated to several scientific international projects ranging from ecological modelling to bird migratory studies until I obtained the position in the PRIDE project. My most important experience was to work as conservation assistant at BirdLife Malta for one year, where I was studying and estimating the impact of illegal hunting on migratory birds.
The project integrates the various information sources on natural (biotic and abiotic) and anthropogenic drivers of biotic changes inferred in WPs1‐3 in empirical modeling approaches to generate informed spatially‐explicit risk estimates for species and communities and to predict future changes (forward modeling) under different Global Change scenarios. It thus serves as baseline for identifying areas of highest conservation management priority in the region. Candidate natural drivers for the models will be obtained from projects A5 and B5; candidate anthropogenic drivers are obtained from projects C1, C2 and C5. Models will be validated using backward modelling of data derived from the short cores (4 sites) and the high resolution age model generated in WP1. Forward modelling will be applied to a selected biota (local scale) and to the Pontocaspian area as a whole (regional scale).