I am interested in various aspects of tropical ecology, evolution and conservation.
My PhD research deals with conservation planning challenges in view of the increasing threat of climate change. More specifically, I am investigating:
1) the usefulness of incorporating a measure of evolutionary diversity for conservation prioritisation and
2) what potential effects climate change will have on species richness and phylogenetic diversity patterns for several Southern African animal and plant taxa
I use species distribution modeling, GIS, molecular and phylogenetic techniques
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Born 1979, Florence, Italy
2006-present: PhD student, Department of Ecology and Evolution, University of Lausanne: “Biodiversity patterns, evolutionary history and climate change in Southern Africa”. Marie Curie Early-Stage Research and Training Network “HOTSPOTS: Understanding and Conserving the Earth’s Biodiversity Hotspots” (FP6 Marie Curie Actions). Supervisors: Prof. A. Guisan, Dr N. Salamin
2004-2006: UNESCO Consultant, Ecology Unit, Jakarta, Indonesia. Forest protection and management, law enforcement and community conservation in Indonesian World Heritage Sites.
2005: Project leader. First comprehensive bat survey at Barito Ulu, Central Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo. http://webspace.qmul.ac.uk/mstruebig/Barito.htm
2003-2004: MSc Applied Ecology and Conservation, University of East Anglia, UK. “Bat communities in continuous and fragmented forest, Songkla Province, Thailand”.
2001-2002: Volunteer on post-doctoral project “The effect of selective logging techniques on lowland forest bat communities, Trinidad, West Indies”.
1998-2003: BSc Zoology (Animal Ecology) University of Aberdeen, UK.