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Ms Giada Maugeri

School of Marine Science and Engineering (Faculty of Science and Engineering)


PhD Student in Marine Sciences
"Modelling the sustainability of cetacean-focussed tourism in coastal communities"

Dr Simon Ingram (Plymouth University)
Dr Simon Berrow (Galway Mayo Institute of Technology, Ireland)
Dr Steve Fletcher (Plymouth University)


M.Sc. in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC), Greatest Distinction
University of Ghent, 2010 – 2012 
Thesis title: "Visual and acoustic detection of Cuvier’s beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris) in the Ligurian Sea"
Supervisors: Prof. Gianni Pavan (University of Pavia, Italy), Dr. Magda Vincx (University of Ghent, Belgium)

B.Sc. in Biological Sciences (curriculum 'Biodiversity and Conservation'), 110/110
Università degli Studi di Catania, 2005 – 2010
Thesis title: "Observations on the distribution and behaviour of Stenella coeruleoalba (Meyen, 1833) in the waters of the Aeolian Islands"
Supervisor: Prof. Grazia Cantone (University of Catania, Italy)

Professional membership

Member of the European Cetacean Society (ECS)
Member of the International Coastal and Marine Tourism Society (ICMTS)
Member of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG)

Research interests

My research interests range widely across the ecology and conservation of cetacean populations. I am currently focussing on the use of Probabilistic Graphical Models (Bayesian Networks) to investigate the long-term sustainability of whale-watching through the integration of environmental, social and economic factors.

Grants & contracts

- EU MARES PhD grant 2012 - 2015
- EMBC Best Thesis Award 2012
- Erasmus Scholarship for the academic year 2011-2012
- Academic Merit Scholarship “Homo Sapiens” by INPDAP - 2009, 2010, 2011