TEAM

The members of the team have different skills and expertise in quantitative ecology, biodiversity and geographical information systems, as well as statistical modelling. They are part of an international team of ecologist focusing the effects of urban growth and expansion on different components of biodiversity.  This project is carried out in collaboration with several partners in 12 different European countries, collecting data in 16 European cities. 

Federico Morelli
Principal Investigator

Federico is a quantitative ecologist, currently working as an associate professor at the Czech University of Life Sciences (Prague, Czech Republic). He has been involved in several European projects modeling the impact of land use and climate change on the spatial distribution of biodiversity. The main focus of his research interests is macroecology, species distribution models, landscape metrics, biodiversity spatial patterns, and bioindicators as a tool for conservation planning.

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Jiri Reif
Co-Investigator

Jiří works as associate professor at the Institute for Environmental Studies, Charles University (Prague, Czech Republic). He aims to understand biological principles applicable in biodiversity conservation and disseminates this knowledge to students in various courses. In childhood, he lost his heart to birds who remained the most favourite study group up to now. Specifically, he focuses on bird community ecology, population ecology and speciation.

Yanina Benedetti
Researcher

Yanina is an ecologist focused on effects of land use, vegetation structure and anthropogenic disturbances on multiple components of the biodiversity, patterns of spatial distribution of wildlife and animal behaviour in a wide range of different communities from farmland to urban environments and taxa. She is currently working as researcher at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.

Petra currently works at the Department of Applied Geoinformatics and Spatial Planning, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague. Petra does research in Ecology, Environmental Science and Geoinformatics (GIS).

Petra Šímová
GIS
Iva Ulbrichová
Botanist

Iva is an expert in plant taxonomy and estimation of vegetation structure and distribution in the urban areas. She is currently working as researcher at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague.

Jiri Prosek
GIS

Jiri works as assistant of professor at Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, were is teaching GIS and Remote Sensing. 

Lenka Strnadová
Secretary

Lenka is currently working as secretary at the Community Ecology & Conservation research group,  Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, in Czech Republic.

David Moravec
GIS

David works as assistant of professor at Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, were is teaching GIS and Remote Sensing. 

Hana Jenšíková
Project Manager

Hana is currently working as project manager at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, in Czech Republic.

Felipe Fina Franco
PhD student

Felipe is a PhD student collaborating with the project, focusing mainly on species habitat selection and niche modelling. 

Kristina Floigl
PhD student

Kristina is a PhD student collaborating with the project, focusing mainly on conservation of urban bird species. 

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