I research methods for smart decision-making in biodiversity conservation. I am broadly interested in anything that can help bridge the implementation gap between research and practice. I mostly focus on conservation of highly endangered species, adopting a range of ecological modelling, planning and decision-analytic tools. I am equally interested in general questions and local implementation. My research is usually a mix of both.

My main role is to support and advise planning for conservation programs worldwide, be they Italian turtles, Mauritian passerines or Pacific kingfisher. Conservation reintroductions and translocations are a recurring theme in my work. Through these projects, I seek to understand recurrent challenges to conservation planning and develop methods to match needs and knowledge. I am especially interested in adaptive management, cost-effectiveness and cognitive biases.

I am keen to hear from prospective students and collaborators. I view conservation science as a multidisciplinary field that requires biological, mathematical and socio-economic skills, so I am always interested in working with people from different backgrounds – whether you are a biologist, a mathematician or a psychologist, we can work together for conservation. I am also always interested in assisting managers with planning and problem solving, anywhere in the world.

Some general topics:

  • Endangered species management
  • Translocations and reintroductions
  • Risk assessment and mitigation
  • Adaptive management and monitoring
  • Cognitive biases and fallacies
  • Conservation decision-making in any shape and color!

Some current and recent case studies and collaborations:

  • Translocation of Dupont’s lark (Chersophilus duponti) in Spain
  • Adaptive management of hihi (Notiomystis cincta) in New Zealand
  • Conservation of yellow-bellied toad (Bombina pachypus) in Italy
  • Assisted colonization of sihek (Todiramphus cinnamominus) in the Pacific
  • Optimal releases of Montseny brook newt (Calotriton arnoldi) in Catalonia
  • Priority area-setting for little bustard (Tetrax tetrax) in Spain
  • Supplementary feeding of olive white-eyes (Zosterops chloronothos) in Mauritius
  • Mitigation of pathogenic Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans in Europe
  • Captive breeding of European pond turtle (Emys orbicularis) in Italy