2006-2008: Kings College London, BA Human Geography
2009-2010: Imperial College London, MSc Conservation Science
2014-present: Institute of Zoology / University College London, PhD: Coexistence with large carnivores in Spain
Between 2011-2014 I conducted research at WWF Italy and Istituto di Ecologia Applicata, for the projects Ibriwolf - Pilot actions to reduce the loss of genetic identity of the wolf in central ltaly (LIFE10 NAT/IT/000265) and Medwolf - Best practice actions for wolf conservation in Mediterranean-type areas (LIFE11 NAT/IT/069)
My research interests center on the human dimensions of wildlife conflict, with particular attention to the ecological, economic, and social forces that drive wildlife values and behaviors. By focusing on an area of Spain where management and habituation to wolves and brown bears differ considerably across short distances, my PhD looks at how management policies such as lethal control and damage compensation mediate stakeholder’s tolerance of large carnivores and their resilience to the damages they cause. More recently, I have become very interested in how definitions of tradition, identity, and self-determination can shape conservation conflicts and local perceptions of social and environmental justice. My PhD also seeks to develop a better understanding the Common Agricultural Policy’s effect livestock breeding practices and, more indirectly, on large conservation in Europe. A common thread to all the above is my interest in researching new methods to measure tolerance of wildlife, whether it’s through model building or through qualitative data collection techniques.
Marino, A., Braschi, C., Ricci, S., Salvatori, V. & Ciucci, P. 2016. Ex post and insurance-based compensation fail to increase tolerance for wolves in semi-agricultural landscapes of central Italy. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 62, 227-240. DOI: 10.1007/s10344-016-1001-5
Majic, A., Marino, A., Huber, Đ. & Bunnefeld, N. 2011. Dynamics of public attitudes toward bears and the role of bear hunting in Croatia. Biological Conservation, 144, 3018-3027. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2011.09.005