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Mr Roberto Novella Fernandez MSc, BSc

Postgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences

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Roberto Novella is a Postgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences.

He studied a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Biology and a MSc in Terrestrial Ecology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain).

He has previous research experience in insect communities and plant-pollinator interactions. During his MSc hesitation, he studied how different measures of interaction strength can change our perception of the structure of plant-pollinator interaction networks.

Research interests

My PhD project aims to develop more realistic predictive models to forecast shifts in species ranges driven by climate change.

Predictive Species Distribution Models (SDM), although widely used, have been criticised for being over-simplistic and failing to integrate the key ecological and evolutionary processes that shape species ranges and community structure, such as biotic interactions and dispersal processes.

By integrating methodologies from the fields of ecology, mathematical modelling and molecular biology, I study the role of ecological interactions in limiting species distributions at a regional scale and how they can be incorporated into predictive modelling.

I will use several sympatric cryptic Paleartic bat species complexes as case studies. Bats are important providers of diverse ecosystem services and are predicted to experience distributional shifts and range contractions due to future climate change.

PhD Supervisors: Orly Razgour & Patrick Doncaster
PhD Research: Investigating the role of ecological interactions in shaping species distributions and range shifts under climate change
Funding: Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences - Biological Sciences

Research group

Environmental Biosciences

Membership of External Organisations

Dr Javier Juste (Estación Biológica de Doñana, CSIC. Spain)
Prof Justin Travis(University of Aberdeen, UK)

Mr Roberto Novella Fernandez
Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ
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