Conservation Biology


MSc thesis

The effect of lamp proximity to aquatic habitats on the attraction of adult aquatic insects.

Artificial night lighting is globally increasing, as the concern for the consequences of light pollution on the environment. Incandescence lights can affect various ecological dynamics as predation, migration or species richness. Nowadays there is a shift to more energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs), but little is known about the ecological consequences of this new light sources. Aquatic insects like Ephemeroptera (mayflies) and Trichoptera (caddisflies) seem to be particularly threatened by light pollution. Those groups are highly threatened in Switzerland, then is crucial to identify the effects of artificial LEDs at night on the attraction of adult aquatic insects.

The aim of our research project is to detect the distance threshold of the attraction of adult aquatic insects from the water to an artificial light. Our study will be conducted within the boundaries of the regional nature park of Gantrisch. We will place LED lamps and flight intercept traps along the river Gürbe at different distances from the water edge to collect our data.

Curriculum Vitae

Year Description
2014 Theoretical and practical training course for scientific and museum educators – ADM (Association for Museum Education), Natural History Museum of Milan (IT)
2012 BSc in Biology, curriculum Biodiversity of Terrestrial and Marine Ecosystems – University of Trieste, (IT)
2011 Training Course - Management and Conservation of biodiversity of the Wetlands

Related work experiences

Year Description
2014 - 2016
Museum educator and scientific workshop designer – ADM, Natural History Museum and Aquarium of Trieste (IT)
2013 - 2015
Scientific guide, workshop designer and management – Gemina Soc.Coop, paleontological site of Villaggio del Pescatore, Trieste (IT)
2011 Internship – Natural History Museum of Trieste (IT)


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Year Description
2016 - present
Large Carnivores Project: coexisting with and knowing predators, in collaboration with Federcaccia Trieste 
2015 The rulers of the air – diurnal and nocturnal birds of prey
2015 Silvestris friends ­­ Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) and wild cat (Felis silvestris)
2014  On the tracks of the bear Eurasian brown bear (Ursus arctos arctos)
2014 Who’s afraid of the bad wolf? Eurasian wolf (Canis lupus lupus)