Background / Employment History
I arrived in Perth and joined CMER in late 2009 after completing my Master in Marine Biology at University of Pisa with a thesis on the Phylogeography of the deep sea shrimp Aristeus antennatus while participating in the Erasmus Program and Thesis Abroad Project with the Universitat de Girona, Spain in 2008 and 2009. Starting as a volunteer for Dr Thomas Wernberg, I assisted Thibaut De Bettignies with his PhD project and also worked as a part-time Research Assistant for Dr Pippa Moore and Dr Britta Munkes. Being involved with CMER greatly influenced my decision to stay at ECU and apply for a PhD position and an IPRS scholarship which I was granted in late 2010. In February 2011 I commenced my PhD and will remain a member of the CMER group at least for the next 3 years.
Project link: The role of the Kyphosus spp. in reef ecosystems
- M.Sc. Marine Biology, Universita’ di Pisa, Italy (2009)
- B.Sc. Biological Sciences Marine curriculum, Universita’ degli Studi di Bologna, Italy (2006)
- Current: DAN Oxygen provider
- Emergency First Response Instructor (2009)
- PADI Dive Instructor, >800 dives (2009)
- Australian Marine Sciences Association (AMSA) Member
Awards and Recognition
- Edith Cowan University International Post-graduate Research Scholarship, 2011-2014
- Ecology and biology of marine organisms
Current Research Areas
- Fish ecology and food web dynamics
- My PhD focuses on the ecological role of Kyphosids in temperate reef ecosystems. I am investigating the strength of herbivory pressure on seaweeds due to species of the genus Kyphosus and how it changes along a latitudinal gradient. I am also looking, with particular interest, at the differences in Kyphosids feeding activity between temperate and tropical habitats.
Refereed Journal Articles
- Fernandez, M. V., S. Heras, F. Maltagliati, A. Turco, and M. I. Roldan. (2011). Genetic structure in the blue and red shrimp Aristeus antennatus and the role played by hydrographical and oceanographical barriers. Marine Ecology-Progress Series 421:163-+.