Simonetta Fraschetti: I’m Full Professor in Ecology at the Department of Biology, University Federico II, Naples, Italy where I teach Fundamental Ecology (Graduate Diploma in Biology) and Marine Ecology (Master Diploma in “Biology and Ecology and the Marine Environment and Sustainable Use of the Resources”). Chair of the European Marine Board Working Group on Marine Habitat Mapping, President of the Marine Biological Symposium and member of the Administration Council of the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn where I have been previously Research Fellow. Member of the PhD School in Biology of University of Naples Federico II. I combine descriptive research, manipulative experiments and spatial analysis techniques for gaining a better understanding of the patterns of distribution of marine biodiversity and of the processes shaping marine communities, with the final aim to improve the conservation, management and restoration of marine coastal systems. My research activities can be summarized in four lines of research: 1- understanding the drivers of persistence and loss in marine coastal systems, 2- assessing the effects of multiple stressors, 3- design, siting, and effectiveness of protection of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) with the target of introducing MPAs within a Maritime Spatial Planning framework, 4- development of baseline knowledge and experimental approaches to support nature-based solutions to restore macroalgal forests. I’m also involved in several initiatives to reinforce network of researchers and stakeholders involved in the conservation and management of European and contiguous seas. I have been invited to serve on advisory committees of international projects and as member of the International Committee Margalef Prize for the acknowledgement of excellent scientific careers in the field of ecology and environmental sciences. I’m member of the Board of scientific journals as Marine Ecology Progress Series and Marine Ecology, I have a consolidated experience in the evaluation processes of national and international projects, recruitments and career progress. Google Scholar documents that my work has been cited more than 9000 times, for an H-index of 52.
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