PhD Candidate, UiT The Arctic University of Norway
I am a ‘fresh’ Italian ecologist, trained at Sapienza University of Rome and now part of the Northern Populations and Ecosystems group at UiT as a PhD. I accomplished my Master studies in 2015, with a final thesis on testing methods for estimating parrots abundance and density in the tropical forest, using the Grey Parrot as a model species. The research was carried out in the remote island of Príncipe (Gulf of Guinea) and was run in close collaboration with the Division of Biology and Conservation Ecology of Manchester Metropolitan University. I am now moving from tropical to Arctic ecosystems, and this is a big change!
My role in SUSTAIN
For my PhD within SUSTAIN, I will investigate the combined impact of environmental change and harvesting on arctic tundra food webs, focusing on reindeer Rangifer tarandus as a key species in the system. I will model the spatio-temporal distribution of reindeer carrions in Finnmark and Svalbard as driven by harvest and weather events, and explore the effect of fluctuations in carrions availability on population dynamics of other species, aiming at providing management strategies that will ensure long-term sustainable harvest of populations and maintain ecosystem services.