Miss Giulia La Bianca

Miss Giulia La Bianca

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



Research interests

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 the OOH, my work will discuss the ecological traits and processes of some deep-sea habitats and assess their vulnerability to human impacts.

As an early-career researcher at UoP, I am also part of the Marine Conservation Research Group and Deep-Sea Conservation Research Unit (DeepSeaCRU).

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).


2016            BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology (2:1), University of Plymouth, UK
2020 - current      PhD in mapping deep-sea ecosystem services, University of Plymouth, UK

Professional memberships:

Marine Biological Association

Deep-Sea Biology Society