Valentina Lauria


PhD, researcher at IRBIM CNR. Marine ecologist with experience in numerical ecology, spatial analysis, modelling of species distribution and mapping of suitable habitat. she worked on the study of species and communities, their spatial structure and relationship with the environment and human pressure including the impact of fishing. Recently, she worked on modelling and mapping the distribution of vulnerable marine ecosystems in the Mediterranean Sea in support of conservation. She has worked in several research institutes and universities in Europe and contributed to several national and European projects (CHARM 2, NEPHROPS, MERP-IMMERSE, DECCMA, RITMARE) that investigated on the factors limiting the distribution of species and communities, spatial planning problems and the effect of climate change on the productivity of marine ecosystems. Recently she was Principal Investigator of the international triennial project MADAMES “What is where? Mapping the hAbitat use of Demersal Assemblages to aid conservation of marine biodiversity in the central MEditerranean Sea” (2016-2020)”.


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The research activities of the Institute are carried out in the context of research, development and innovation projects, both national and international, based on regional funding programs (POR FEAMPA - Regional Operational Program of the European Maritime Affairs Fisheries Fund and Aquaculture and POR FESR - Regional Operational Program of the European Regional Development Fund) or ministerial (PRIN - Projects of relevant national interest, PNRA - National Research Program in Antarctica, PO FEAMPA - National Operational Program European Maritime Affairs Fisheries and Aquaculture Fund) , programs for European Territorial Cooperation (Interreg), direct funding programs of the European Commission (Horizon2020 and Horizon Europe, Life, JPI - Joint Programming Initiatives, ERA-NET Cofund) and thematic collaboration initiatives managed by international organizations such as, for example , the FAO - GFCM (General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean). The Institute also develops funded projects in the context of collaborations with private companies in the sectors of the blue economy as well as technology transfer and research results. Research projects, mainly of a collaborative nature, are developed through a wide network of partners that include major Italian and foreign research institutions and universities.

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