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Mr Roberto Novella Fernandez MSc, BSc

Postgraduate Research Student in Biological Sciences

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Roberto Novella is a PhD 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 research experience in spatial ecological modelling, community ecology and plant-pollinator interactions.


2016-Present: PhD in Biological Sciences. University of Southampton, UK.

2014-2015: MSc in Terrestrial Ecology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.

2010-2014: Bachelor´s Degree in Environmental Biology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain.


Research interests

I am interested in understanding the ecological processes that shape diversity patterns. Specifically, the mechanisms through which species ranges and communities are driven and how species ecomorphological traits contribute to those patterns.

My PhD project is focused on identifying the environmental filters that shape species ranges and to better understand the potential contribution of biotic interactions on those, at both broad and fine spatial scales.

To do so, I use several recently-described cryptic bat complexes as case studies. Because its similar morphology, cryptic species are ideal cases to study competitive interactions. Bats are important providers of ecosystem services and are predicted to experience distributional shifts 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)

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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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