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Francesco Valerio

Francesco Valerio

Post-Doc Researcher

Post-Doc Researcher
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CIBIO-InBIO, Universidade do Porto, Campus de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, 4485-661 Vairão, Portugal
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I have a professional and academic background based on theoretical and applied aspects of conservation science to improve costly/efficient management strategies. To this end, I have tested a plethora of statistical methods and connectivity approaches involving multiple or single wildlife species in different taxonomic groups, mostly including birds and mammals. My research has focused on different European habitats, from montane apennine deciduous forests to sclerophyllous and mixed forests, both in Italy and the Iberian Peninsula. Currently, I am interested in steppe habitat and associated species within the Iberian Peninsula, including the dynamic environmental and climatic factors affecting their integrity and persistence. Therefore, to optimise spatial conservation plans, in addition to the use of bio-indicators, I have also independently explored the potential of remote sensing through various combinations of satellites. My research has enabled to better understand where and when species should be of priority conservation interest, both for habitat mapping and management, and also to reduce mortality risks. I am currently promoting the benefits of using remote sensing for biodiversity, thus towards the growing appeal of an interdisciplinary ecological vision for wildlife conservation.

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