Francesco Pelizza

Research Interests

I joined the Long Term Ecology Lab in April 2018 to develop my PhD research project under the supervision of Prof Kathy Willis and Dr Beccy Wilebore. The project aims to investigate the consequences of the implementation of Natural Flood Management (NFM) schemes on the macrophytes and benthic macroinvertebrate communities and to model the effects on both flood risk and water quality of the implementation of the measures. NFM has lately received a great attention as a tool to reduce flood risk and improve water defences while at the same time delivering important co-benefits such as increased biodiversity, water quality and carbon storage. NFM makes use of low-cost and small-scale green engineering infrastructures opposed to the traditional hard and highly expensive engineering works that have been largely used to diminish flood risks.

I am also interested in habitat and biogeographical modelling.