Marine Ecology: Patterns and Processes
Experimental Design and Statistical Analysis
Practical Marine Ecology
Ecology and Physiology of Global Changes
Always passionate about the sea, I am recognised as one of the forerunners of the new field of marine urban ecology. My research focuses on designing conservation and restoration strategies in increasingly urbanized marine coastal systems, including consideration of sustainable shoreline protection strategies, coastal and offshore “green” infrastructures and nature-based solutions, aiming to maximise environmental, societal and economic benefits.
Thesis topics at my lab have a strong experimental and field-based focus and include: the study of the vulnerability of coastal marine populations to multiple anthropogenic and climatic stressors; the study of the effects of microplastics on marine organisms and ecosystems; the development and test of methodologies for the restoration of coastal and marine habitats and the evaluation of the ecosystem services enhanced; the development of nature-based solutions for coastal defence and for eco-sustainable applications to marine infrastructure design.