Our ultimate goal is to improve the conservation of the marine environment, so our research also aims to identify the main local and global threats to habitats and species.
Behind the Project
Valerio Micaroni, PhD in Marine Ecology from Victoria University of Wellington, is an enthusiastic diver and underwater photographer. His research focuses on understanding the impacts of anthropogenic stressors on temperate mesophotic ecosystems. He uses a combination of field observations and laboratory experiments to answer his research questions.
Francesca Strano is a PhD candidate in Marine Ecology at the Victoria University of Wellington and a passionate diver. Francesca is interested in the adaptive strategies of marine invertebrates (with an emphasis on sponges) in response to environmental variations, including climate change effects. Her research includes invertebrate zoology, physiology, and microbiology.