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Fabrizia Ratto IfLS PhD: Estimating the net economic consequences of losing pollination services, 2018

Postgraduate research student

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Hi, I'm Fabrizia Ratto and I studied IfLS PhD: Estimating the net economic consequences of losing pollination services within Institute for Life Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Interdisciplinary research enables us to explore new unfamiliar territories, gain knowledge from different fields and form more well-rounded researchers

As a passionate naturalist since my early childhood, I started my ecology journey with a BSc in Natural Sciences followed by a few years as an Education/Conservation Officer for Natural Parks in the alpine regions of Italy. Later, in the UK, I gained an MSc in Biodiversity Conservation, which allowed me to return to the conservation field as an Ecologist in Local Authorities. After a few years in the conservation industry, I was drawn back to academia by my incessant desire to learn and search for answers, and a PhD became an appealing challenge.

My current IfLS funded project, aims at devising a rapid assessment of the economic consequences of losing pollination services, which will assist decision-making at a fine scale. My interests comprise of insect ecology (especially Lepidoptera and Hymenoptera), species responses to change, and research that provides applicable solutions to bridge the gap between wildlife conservation and the needs of an increasing human population.

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