I am conservation researcher interested in the interface between environmental and human sciences. After having completed a BSc in Natural Sciences at the University of Milan, I undertook an MSc in Conservation Science at Imperial College London. During the MSc, I conducted a research project aimed at understanding drivers of landholders’ tolerance towards large predators (i.e., wolves and bears) with an eye to informing conservation management and fostering coexistence in two protected areas in Abruzzo, Italy.
Continuing in this direction, I started my PhD at the University of Exeter in 2019. The project seeks to study both ecological and social dimensions of birds of prey translocations by researching the proposed translocation of the locally endangered hen harrier to Southern England. To this end, I am currently investigating local stakeholder perspectives, the debate surrounding the management of the species in the media, but also the viability of the reintroduced individuals when socio-political and ecological factors are considered.
The project is funded by Natural England and the University of Exeter.