Miss Giulia La Bianca
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
Project title: Using deep-sea ecosystem services maps to inform marine spatial planning
I am a PhD student at the University of Plymouth. I work in deep-sea ecology research, specialising in understanding and mapping the linkages between deep-sea ecosystem services and human activities to support evidence-based Marine Spatial Planning. This PhD project is also part of a larger project, One Ocean Hub, which aims to transform the current ocean governance and research into an integrated and inclusive ocean governance. Under OOH, my work will discuss the ecological processes of some deep-sea habitats and assess their vulnerability to human impacts.
My supervisory team includes Prof Kerry Howell (University of Plymouth), Dr Sian Rees (University of Plymouth), Prof Martin Attrill (University of Plymouth), Prof Kerry Sink (South Africa National Biodiversity Institute) and Prof Mandy Lombard (Nelson Mandela University).