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Blue Parks Science Intern

Elena recently graduated with a Master in Conservation and Biodiversity from the University of Exeter, UK. Here, her MSc thesis focused on the use of geostatistical techniques to map spatial resources in the marine environment, where she specifically focused on the distribution of the exploited sea urchin Paracentrotus lividus within an Italian MPA.

During her undergraduate, Elena had the opportunity to live and study the arctic ecosystems for six months, during which she realized the leading role of conservation in protecting such fragile environments. Once back, she decided to research the use of citizen science as a conservation tool, focusing on the reliability and use of scientific data gained through such projects run in MPAs.

These projects allowed her to enrich her knowledge on MPAs and develop a special interest in finding new methodologies to enrich biodiversity database in a more efficient way, thus improving the effectiveness of targeted actions for protection.

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