Alfonso is an experienced marine ecologist with more than 10 years’ professional experience working for central government and academic sectors. Alfonso is experienced in marine, transitional, and freshwater habitats, with particular focus on ecosystem function and biodiversity, native and non-native species monitoring, macroinvertebrate communities and colonization, drone surveys and habitat mapping, ecological assessments, assessments of ecological and anthropogenic effects, scientific diving and photography.
Currently, he is a Senior Freshwater and Marine Ecologist at Wildland Consultants Ltd. in New Zealand.
Alfonso’s strong interest and dedication for the use of technologies in science has always had a decisive role in his scientific career, supporting his success in proposing innovative, and sometimes alternative, methods to run surveys and monitoring, simply… coupling, supporting, replacing, combining tools, devices, and technologies. This provided him with the great chance to test and work with a large number of technologically advanced equipment in all teams he has been working in, from 3D printers to drones, from software for image analysis to GIS, from electric boats to automatic fieldwork scanners and time-lapse cameras.
BSc and MSc
BSc in biological sciences, with thesis in marine ecotoxicology, and a MSc in marine biology and ecology, with thesis on shipwreck ecology and anthropogenic impact assessment, supported by AP Marine Environmental Consultancy Ltd.
2012 – 2014
Marine Ecologist and Project Manager at Eco Divers – Centre of Underwater Scientific Studies.
A list of contributions and publications.