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Davide Scridel

Ph.D. student

Palazzo "Botta2", Via Ferrata 9, 27100 Pavia
MUSE Corso del Lavoro e della Scienza, 3, 38122 Trento


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I am a Ph.D. student with experience in ecological surveys and conservation policy. I have worked on a variety of conservation projects investigating the state of and pressure on biodiversity, with a particular focus in the field of ornithology. In 2015, I enrolled in a Ph.D. at the University of Pavia & the Science Museum of Trento (MUSE) with the role of describing, predicting and providing mitigation actions for the effects of climate change on high-altitude Alpine birds. I have gained extensive experience as an applied researcher and policy officer at the Royal Society for the Protection of Bids (RSPB) both in Scotland (upland and seabirds species) and England (woodland, wetland and farmland species). Before that I spent four years working and collaborating with flagship nature reserves located in the border area between Italy and Slovenia (Riserva Naturale Foce dell'Isonzo, Lago di Doberdò e Pietrarossa) as a field surveyor, project officer and warden.

Education & academic qualification

Since October 2015: PhD student at University of Pavia & Science Museum of Trento (MUSE). Research topic: “Climate change and Alpine birds”. Supervised by Prof. Giuseppe Bogliani, Dr. Paolo Pedrini & Dr. Mattia Brambilla.

September 2012: M.Sc. Ecological Application (Distinction) at Imperial College London, England. Thesis: “Effects of food supplementation on juvenile survival in a declining British population of Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus”. Supervised by Dr. Alex Lord (Imperial College London) & Dr. Innes Sim (RSPB Scotland).

August 2007 - September 2010: B.Sc. Hons. Ecology & Conservation (First Class) at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, England. Dissertation: “Drivers and pattern of spatial variation in the biodiversity of birds in urban areas”. Supervised by Prof. Nancy Harrison.

Employment & volunteer history

March 2015 - September 2015: Senior Research Assistant at RSPB Scotland - Shiants Isles Seabird Recovery Project (EU LIFE). Responsible for the monitoring design and data collection of sea and terrestrial birds productivity parameters, flora and invertebrate diversity prior to the removal of non-native Black rat Rattus rattus. Supervised by Dr. Mark Bolton & Phil Taylor.

September 2014 - March 2015Policy officer at RSPB Scotland - analyzing environmental sustainability parameters for Red Grouse Lagopus lagopus scoticus moors shooting estates (i.e. heather burning, Hen Harrier Circus cyaneus breeding success). Line manager: Dr. Pat Thompson. 

April 2014 - August 2014Research Assistant at RSPB Scotland - surveying Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus productivity in relation to manipulation of flora composition and structure through grazing pressure. Line manager: Dr. Innes Sim & Dr. Staffan Roos.

January 2014 - March 2014: Conservation Scientist at RSPB England - analyzing data on value of protected areas (SSSI) for wader conservation. Line manager: Dr. Jennifer Smart.

September 2013 - January 2014: Conservation Scientist at RSPB Scotland - undertaking analysis of monitoring data on declining birds, plants and invertebrates collected during the Conserving Scottish Machair LIFE+  Project. Line manager: Prof. Jeremy Wilson.

April 2013 - August 2013: Research Assistant at RSPB - UK Twite Carduelis flavirostris survey in the Outer Hebrides 2012-2013. Line Manager: Nick Wilkinson.

October 2012 - March 2013Conservation Scientist at RSPB Scotland - conducting long term analysis to evaluate the effect of new native woodland plantation on Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix and the wider breeding upland bird community. Line Manager: Dr. David Douglas.

March 2010 - August 2010: Research assistant at Marine Conservation Society (MSC)/Anglia Ruskin University (Cambridge). Multi-variate analysis on an 8 year database (Beachwatch Big Weekend) provided by the MCS to assess patterns of floating debris distribution around the British shores.

2007 - 2011: Seasonally employed and currently collaborating with two regional nature reserves (Foce dell’ Isonzo & Lago di Doberdò & Pietrarossa, Italy) with responsibilities including flora and fauna surveyor, warden and project officer.

Publications & technical reports

Brambilla, M.1, Resano-Mayor, J.1, Scridel, D.1, Anderle, M., Bogliani, G., Braunisch,V., Capelli, F., Cortesi, M., Sangalli, B., Chamberlain, D., Arlettaz, R., Rubolini, D. (2018) Past and future impact of climate change on foraging habitat suitability in a high-alpine bird species: management options buffer against global warming effects. Biological Conservation

Scridel, D., Brambilla, M., Martin, K., Lehikoinen, A., Iemma, A., Matteo, A., Jähnig, S., Caprio, E., Bogliani, G., Pedrini, P., Rolando, A., Arlettaz, R. and Chamberlain, D. (2018). A review and meta-analysis of the effects of climate change on Holarctic mountain and upland bird populations. Ibis. doi:10.1111/ibi.12585

Taylor, P., MacMinn, R., Marsh, S., Brooke, M., Macdonald, M., Hughes, P., Donald, F., Docherty, H., Over, A., Beaton, J., Scridel, D., Robertson, L., Currie, N.(2018). Seabird population trends on the Shiant Isles 2000 – 2015. Scottish Birds.

Scridel, D., Bogliani, G., Pedrini, P., Iemma, A., von Hardenberg, A., Brambilla, M. (2017) Thermal niche predicts recent changes in range size for bird species. Clim Res 73:207-216. 

Brambilla M., Caprio E., Assandri G., Scridel, D., Bassi, E., Bionda, R., Celada, C., Falco, R., Bogliani, G., Pedrini, P., Rolando, A., Chamberlain, D. (2017) A spatially explicit definition of conservation priorities according to population resistance and resilience, species importance and level of threat in a changing climate. Diversity Distrib 00:1–12.

Scridel, D., Groom, J.D. & Douglas, D.J.T. (2017) Native woodland creation is associated with increase in a Black Grouse Lyrurus tetrix population, Bird Study, DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2016.1273879

Scridel, D. (2016) Shiant isles LIFE recovery project: monitoring protocol and biodiversity outcomes prior Rattus rattus eradication. EU LIFE report.

Sim, I.M.W., Wilkinson, N. I., Scridel, D., Anderson, D., Roos S. (2015) Food supplementation does not increase demographic rates in a passerine species of conservation concern. Nature Conservation 10, 25-43.

Scridel, D. & Thompson, P. (2015) An assessment of some aspects of environmental performance of different styles of grouse shooting. RSPB report.

Scridel, D. (2014) Ecology and conservation of birds in upland and alpine habitats: a report on the BOU's Annual Conference held at the University of Leicester, 1–3 April 2014. Ibis, 156: 896–900.

Scridel, D. (2014) Conserving Scottish Machair - Biodiversity Outcomes LIFE+ Project. EU LIFE report.

Merluzzi, P., Scridel, D. (2012) Testing natural colonization of ground flora after manual removal of Common Ivy Hedera helix/helix. Technical report.

Kinsey, S., Pugh, P., Scridel, D. (2010) A multivariate analysis of litter distribution among the British Isles shores: 8 years of data collection from the Marine Conservation Society Beachwatch Big Weekend. Technical report. Supervised by Prof. Nancy Harrison & Dr. Phil Pugh.

Scridel, D., Merluzzi, P., Zanutto, I., Strussiat, D., Rusin, S. (2011) Threats to the biodiversity of the river Isonzo and its riparian woodland in Fiumicello (Udine). Technical report.

Scridel, D.(2011) Presence of the Harlequin ladybird (Harmonia axyridis) in the Regional Nature Reserve Isola della Cona: history, identification and population dynamics in Italy and Europe. Technical report.


British Ornithological Union (April 2014) -  Poster and small talk on Black Grouse and native woodland expansion in Scotland.

Ring Ouzel Ann. Meeting (March 2013) – Talk on the effects of supplementary feeding in a population of Ring Ouzel in Scoltland.

Biodiversity Festival Cambridge (2010) - Talk on drivers and patterns of urban biodiversity in Cambridge.  

Urban Biodiversity Group Conference (2010) – Talk on drivers and patterns of urban biodiversity in Cambridge.

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