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LAB MEMBERS AND COLLABORATORS

LAB MEMBERS

(most recent first)

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TIANTIAN ZHANG

Visiting PhD Student, Fudan University (China)

Tiantian is a visiting PhD student in the lab and a PhD student at Fudan University (China). Her project focuses on the temporal trends of expansion and effectiveness of global protected areas. She is also interested in transboundary conservation and the relationships between biodiversity conservation and traditional cultural diversity.

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SOFIA SILVESTRI

PhD Student, Sapienza University of Rome 

Sofia Silvestri is a PhD student, and former MSc student, in the lab working in Biodiversa+ GaP project. The aim of her work is to contribute to the identification of KBAs using the metric of "irreplaceability" in the application of Criterion E as defined in the IUCN Global Standard for the Identification of Key Biodiversity Areas. 

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ELENA CATUCCI

Postdoctoral Researcher, Sapienza University of Rome 

Elena is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the lab. She is an Ecologist specialized in modeling and machine learning. She is involved in the PREPARED project that aims to operationalize the One Health approach. Elena focuses on the integration of the ecological dimension into the modeling of the risk of disease emergence and transmission.

She is passionate about Conservation Biology, Biodiversity Research, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, Natural Resource Management, Climate Change.

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HUBERT CHEUNG

Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, Sapienza University of Rome 

Hubert is a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab. He uses interdisciplinary methods to study the complex human dimensions of conservation. His research focuses on wildlife trade, conservation geopolitics, and inclusion in conservation and science. He works at the interface of science, policy and practice to deliver positive change for nature. With the Marie Curie HUMAN-CONSERVATION project, Hubert aims to inform wildlife trade policy, help combat wildlife trafficking, and define frontiers in conservation geopolitics.

 

See his website here: https://www.hcxconservation.org 

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GABRIELE PIGNALBERI

MSc student, Sapienza University of Rome 

Gabriele is an MSc student at the Physics Department, Sapienza University of Rome, with a curriculum in Theoretical Physics. He is currently working on a thesis project, under the supervision of Prof Stefano Giagu and Prof Moreno Di Marco, about applications of physics-inspired machine learning models to ecoepidemiology, with the aim to quantify and fill the knowledge gap related to the actual state of the spread of the different virus families among the mammalian species.

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STEFAN RODRIGO VON KEMPIS

MSc student, Sapienza University of Rome 

Stefan is an MSc student in Ecobiology. He is currently working on assessing density of mountain mammals in two corridor areas of the Central Apennines using REM models and evaluating how their movements are affected by human activities and livestock presence.

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LARA MARCOLIN

PhD student, Sapienza University of Rome

Lara is a PhD student, and former MSc student, in the lab working on the prediction of West Nile virus risk associated to environmental and climatic change. The aim of her PhD project is to assess the zoonotic hazard posed by West Nile based on the degradation of bird biodiversity.

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GIACOMO MASIELLO

MSc student, Sapienza University of Rome

Giacomo is an MSc student in Ecobiology, currently working on single-season occupancy models using camera traps. The aims of his work are to determine the factors that most influence mountain mammals occurrence and to evaluate the effect of livestock presence on their spatial distribution in two ecological corridors of central Italy.

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VALERIO MEZZANOTTE

MSc student, Sapienza University of Rome

Valerio is a student in the MSc course of Ecobiology. The aim of his project is to assess the climate exposure of European protected areas. His work is based on the main climate change metrics, such as magnitude and climate change velocity, to evaluate the potential impacts of climate change on these areas under different SSP scenarios.

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MARTA CIMATTI

Postdoctoral Researcher, Sapienza University of Rome

Marta is a postdoc, and former PhD student, in the lab. The aim of her postdoc, as part of the NaturaConnect project, is to identify a climatic resilience strategy for European protected Areas.

See her profile here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Marta_Cimatti

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ANDREA TONELLI

PhD student, Sapienza University of Rome

Andrea is a PhD student, and former MSc student, in the lab working on the prediction of zoonotic risk associated to blueprint diseases. The aim of his PhD project is to assess the zoonotic hazard posed by mammalian viruses at global scale, understanding the distribution patterns of viral diversity, and the priority for monitoring zoonotic risk.

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FEDERICA VILLA

Research Assistant, Sapienza University of Rome

Federica is the lab's research and field assistant. She has an MSc in Ecobiology and a one-year master in Scientific Communication. She is interested in conservation, wildlife management, human-wildlife coexistence under global change, and scientific communication.

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GIORDANO MANCINI

PhD student, Sapienza University of Rome

Giordano is a PhD student funded by the italian National Operational Program (PON) for research and innovation. He is working on climate change exposure measurement to support IUCN Red List climate change assessment, in collaboration with the sRedList working group. He is also interested in the effect of global change on human-biodiversity coexistence.

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CHIARA DRAGONETTI

PhD student, Sapienza University of Rome

​Chiara is a PhD student, and former MSc student, in the lab working on the impacts of global change on mountain biodiversity from a local to global scale. She completed a MSc where she studied the change of the niche breadht of mountain's mammals under future climatic conditions, and an internship where she investigated to role of corridors for local movements of mountain mammals.

 

See her profile here: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Chiara_Dragonetti2

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JUAN PABLO RAMIREZ-DELGADO

PhD student, University of Northern British Columbia (Canada)

Juan is a PhD student at University of Northern British Columbia (Canada), and worked on the impacts of human pressure on habitat fragmentation and its relation to species extinction risk.

See his profile here: https://csl-unbc.org/people/

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