Current position: Oregon Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University

Current address: Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Oregon State University, 104 Nash Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA

 

email: virginia.morandini@oregonstate.edu

 

The overall goal of my research is to improve our understanding about which factors regulate population dynamics of long-lived species, at a metapopulation level, in order to manage species for conservation.  I use the conservation of sentinel species as a surrogate of ecosystems health.

My previous work includes finding solutions to allow the coexistence of human being and high levels of biodiversity. In order to archive this objective, I used apex predators’ emblematic species as sentinels of ecosystems health and as a tool to engage public opinion generating positive attitude for biodiversity conservation. My research in populations ecology has been focused on three main areas including population dynamics modelling, movement ecology, animal physiology and, microbiology and emerging diseases. Through this multifaceted approach, I hope to contribute a novel understanding of the functioning of complex systems under natural variability and human-related disturbances.

 

LEARN ABOUT OUR PENGUIN PROJECT:

 

 Adélie penguin response to climate change in the Ross Sea region - a full life-cycle approach

 

www.penguinscience.com