Dr. Manuela D'Amen

My general interests encompass macroecology, ecological theory and conservation.
My recent work has ranged from the studies of the potential current and future distribution patterns of faunal diversity in Europe and Africa under climate change (and other human induced modifications), to the development of the best methods for spatial analysis of biodiversity data for conservation planning, especially considering amphibians, reptiles and saproxilic insects. At the moment my main research focus is on the drivers of community assembly and spatial predictive modelling of animal communities. I investigate how to implement an innovative framework (SESAM) to model species assemblage combining many pre-existing approaches to biodiversity prediction to produce improved spatially explicit projections and overcome single methods limitations.

From September 2013 –
Post-Doc (Marie Curie grant) at the University of Lausanne, Department of Ecology and Evolution, Spatial Ecology group.

From August 2011 to August 2013
Research position at the Italian National Research Council, within the LIFE project "Managing forests for multiple purposes: carbon, biodiversity and socio-economic wellbeing” (Action Biodiversity- Assessment of indicators related to forest biodiversity), in collaboration with the National Forestry Service (CNBF ‘Bosco Fontana’), Verona, Italy

From March to July 2011
Post Doc (320 hours) at the WSL (Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research), Birmensdorf, Zurich, Switzerland.
Developing the project: “Subspecific biological diversity conservation under climate change: a phylogeographical approach”

From October 2007 to October 2010
European Ph.D. in Biology at the University of Roma Tre, Rome, Italy.
“Impacts of climate change on amphibians: past declines, predicted trends and future perspectives”

From May 2009 to November 2009
Grant owner (50 % of full time) at the ISPELS, (Istituto Superiore Prevenzione e Sicurezza sul Lavoro), Rome Italy.
Developing the project: “Evaluation of the impact of industrial and agricultural areas on wetlands: amphibians as bio-indicator taxa”

From August to December 2008
Scientific Consultant (50 % of full time) at the WWF OASI, Rome Italy.
Assessing the impact of climate change on Amphibian populations of three different species, inhabiting the Italian WWF Reserves, through distribution modeling techniques.

From February 2007 to February 2008
Grant owner (full time) at the University of Roma Tre, Rome Italy.
Developing the project “Effects of natural radon radiation on aquatic vertebrates in the Monterano Natural Reserve”

From July 2005 to July 2006
Grant owner (full time) at the University of Roma Tre, Rome Italy.
Developing the project “Effects of natural radon radiation on aquatic vertebrates in the Monterano Natural Reserve”

December 2004
Master Degree in Biology (110/110 cum laude) at the University of Roma Tre, Rome, Italy.
Master's degree thesis in zoology and animal ecology: “Sindrome del cromosoma 1 ed effetti di fattori abiotici sullo sviluppo embrionale in specie italiane del genere Triturus (Caudata Salamandridae)”

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Switzerland
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