Francesca is a postdoctoral fellow at MARE-ARDITI. Her current research mainly focuses on the risk assessment of non-indigenous species in the Macaronesia region, including the identification and evaluation of risks and the ways to mitigate them (project RAGES). Moreover, she is interested in biological and ecological processes and collaborates in multiple marine ecology, biology and biodiversity projects, exploring different research topics, including the effect of human pressure and climate change.
Francesca completed her PhD in Biodiversity and Evolution at the University of Bologna in May 2016, with a Thesis entitled “Reproduction, growth, and biomineralization of calcifying marine organisms and their relationship with environmental parameters”. Throughout her career, she has developed multiple interdisciplinary research activities within different research projects, providing her training, knowledge and expertise in integrated approaches and methods in biology, chemistry and material physics. Moreover, she gained valuable experience and training in scientific diving, becoming a scientific diving instructor (AAUS), and enriched her experience in field and laboratory studies.
Main Research Interests
Risk assessment, Non-Indigenous Species, invasion ecology; community ecology; marine biodiversity; marine conservation; climate change; stress ecology; experimental ecology.
MARE Research Groups
Coastal Systems and Ocean