The main research goal of AQUAINVAD-ED is to exploit novel molecular advances combined with the power of crowd data sourcing (citizen science) to develop innovative methods of early detection, control and management of AIS.

Matteo is based at Swansea University.

Project Title & Synopsis: Impacts of freshwater Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS)

I am focusing my research on the impact and the management of freshwater invasive species. The target species of my project are: Zebra Mussel, Killer Shrimp, Chinese Mitten Crab, Topmouth Gudgeon and Rainbow Trout. These invasive species are well known for the ecological and economical damages they are able to cause and the aim of the project is to further investigate their impacts and to propose new control methods.

Host Institution: Swansea University

Supervisor(s): Prof Carlos Garcia de Leaniz & Prof. Sonia Sofia Consuegra del Olmo

Biography:

  • 2009 – 2012: BSc in Sciences and Technologies for the Environment and the Nature. University of Pavia, Italy.
  • 2012 – 2014: MSc in Experimental and Applied Biology. University of Pavia, Italy.
  • Feb. 2015 – Aug. 2015: Internship at Centre d’Estudis Avançats de Blanes (CEAB-CSIC). Blanes, Spain.
  • Oct. 2015 – current: Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN Aquainvad-ED project PhD student. Swansea, UK

Publications ( author / co-author):

  • Tiberti Rocco, Stefano Brighenti, Rocco Iacobuzio, Matteo Rolla, Achaz von Hardenberg, Bruno Bassano. Fishing for conservation: involvement of recreational anglers in the eradication of alien brook trout from alpine lakes. Submitted.
  • Tiberti Rocco, Brighenti Stefano, Iacobuzio Rocco, Pasquini Giulia, Rolla Matteo. Changes in the insect emergence at the water-air interface in response to fish density manipulation in high altitude lakes. Submitted.
  • Tiberti Rocco, Brighenti Stefano, Iacobuzio Rocco, Pasquini Giulia, Rolla Matteo. Factors influencing the diet of introduced brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis; Mitchill, 1814) in an Alpine area. Journal of Limnology. Under review.
  • Tiberti Rocco, Canedoli Claudia, Rolla Matteo. The diet of Rana temporaria (Linnaeus 1758) in relation to prey availability near its altitudinal limit. HYLA – Herpetological bulletin. Under review.
  • Tiberti Rocco, Brighenti Stefano, Iacobuzio Rocco, Pasquini Giulia, Rolla Matteo. 2014. Behind the impact of introduced salmonids in high altitude lakes: adult, not juvenile fish are responsible of the selective predation on crustacean zooplankton. Journal of Limnology 2014; 73(3): 593-597

Undergraduate/postgraduate degree: 

  • MSc in Experimental and Applied Biology – University of Pavia, Italy – Dissertation: Ecologic connectivity between ground and aquatic environments in high altitude lakes
  • BSc in Sciences and Technologies for the Environment and the Nature -University of Pavia, Italy -Dissertation: Biodiversity gradients within lakes and ponds of theGran Paradiso National Park

Interests:

  • Ecosystem restoration
  • Mountain trekking
  • Angling

 

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