Guilia Prato - PhD
Ecosystem models, Marine Protected Areas (MPAs), High-trophic level predators
Trophic modelling (Ecopath,Ecosim,Ecotroph),stat software (R,Primer), visual census,scubadiving

After my bachelor and master studies in Italy (University of Milan and University of Pisa) I did an internship on ecosystem modelling at the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Ecology, in Bremen, Germany. I then worked as a research assistant at the University of Galway, Ireland , investigating through ROV video analysis the association between fish and cold water coral habitat.

I started my PhD at the Ecomers Lab in September 2012, as part of the Initial Training Network for Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas (EU 7th framework project ). My research aims at defining and adapting methods to unravel trophic interactions and monitor ecosystem state in Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas. For such objective, I couple the ecosystem modelling approach through the Ecopath and Ecotroph software with field monitoring of key functional groups, with special concern for high-trophic level predators.



Barrier C, Prato G, Gascuel D, Guidetti P, Cappanera V, Cattaneo-Vietti R, Mangialajo L., Francour P (2014) Assessing the trophic functioning of the marine protected area of Portofino (Italy) with a standardized ecosystem model, Ecopath 30 years Conference Proceedings, Barcelona, Fisheries Centre Research Reports 22(3):52-53


Prato G, Gascuel D, Valls A, Francour P (2014) Balancing complexity and feasibility in Mediterranean coastal food-web models: uncertainty and constraints. Mar Ecol Prog Ser 512:71–88



Prato G, Guidetti P, Bartolini F, Mangialajo L, Francour P (2013) The importance of high-level predators in marine protected area management: Consequences of their decline and their potential recovery in the Mediterranean context. Advances in Oceanography and Limnology 4:176–193


Cours, résumé de PhD, etc.