Stefano Casalegno

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Member of Professor Kevin J Gaston's research group, working closely with Jonathan Bennie, Antoine Cottin, Daniel Cox, Thomas Davies, Richard Inger, Iain Stott

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Dr Stefano Casalegno

Associate Research Fellow


I am an ecologist with a focus on plant science and spatial ecology. l develop regional-scale models to assess the consequences of future environmental changes for the provision of ecosystem services, using Cornwall as a case study. Since 2008 I have been teaching spatial ecology in different European universities and research centres.

I am also a member of the Biosciences department in the College of Life and Environmental Sciences.

Research publication titles

Research interests

  • Ecosystem functioning, predictive models
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies
  • Open source software and open access data
  • Big data, cluster processing, computational social science

Current projects

  • Modelling and mapping ecosystem goods and services
  • Assessing the consequences of future environmental changes for the provision of ecosystem goods and services
  • Exploring the use of social media as metric of cultural ecosystem services
  • Spatial ecology training in GIS analysis and data processing


2001 PhD in Applied Ecology (Institut National Agronomique Paris Grignon)
MSc Ecology and Ecosystem Functioning (Univ. Paris Sud XI)
BSc Ecology (Univ. Paris Sud XI)


2012 Associate Research Fellow, University of Exeter
Senior Researcher, FBK Trento
Scientific Officer, JRC of the European Commission
Postdoctoral Researcher, INRA and MAICh

Contact details

Building Environment and Sustainability Institute
Room 1.03

University of Exeter
Penryn Campus
Cornwall TR10 9FE