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Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi - Vice Rector for European and international research.

Lisandro Benedetti CecchiLisandro Benedetti-Cecchi
Professor of Ecology at the Department of Biology

Lisandro Benedetti Cecchi was born in Montecatini Terme on 22nd August 1963. He graduated in Biological Sciences in 1988 and gained his Ph.D. in Marine Ecology in 1993. He carried out postdoctoral research from 1994 to 1998 under European Community projects and from 1995 to 1998 he was Contract Professor at the University of Urbino. Since 1998, he has been academic member of the University of Pisa, firstly as a researcher (1998-2005), then as an associate professor (2005-2015) and finally as a full professor of Ecology (from 2015). Professor Lisandro Benedetti Cecchi is married and has two children.

Institutional roles

During the course of his career, Professor Lisandro Benedetti Cecchi has covered numerous roles both at national and international level. From 2004 to 2009 he represented the University of Pisa in the Network of excellence MARBEF (Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning), funded by the European Union under the Sixth Framework Programme. From 2006 to 2009, he was a member of the Review panel of the European Science Foundation and since 2011 he is member of the LS8 panel of the IDEAS Programme of the European Research Council (Starting and Consolidator Grants). From 2009 to 2012, he was Deputy Director of the Department of Biology. He is a member of the Ecology and Biology Panel of the Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS) since 2015 and since 2016 has represented the National Interuniversity Consortium for Marine Sciences (CoNISMa) of the "University Consortia Panel" of the European Marine Board. From 2012 to 2014, he was a member of the Steering Committee of the Italian Ecological Society. Since 2012, he is a member of the Board of teaching staff for the Ph.D. in Biology.

Scientific and teaching activities

Lisandro Benedetti Cecchi’s research interests focuse mainly on the ecology of marine coastal environments; is has published over 200 scientific papers, more than half of which in peer-reviewed, international indexed journals. His research uses marine coastal plants and animals as model systems to address fundamental ecological and biological questions, including the analysis of processes that generate patterns at multiple scales, the causes and consequences of loss of biodiversity and the impact of climate change on marine coastal ecosystems. One of the main goals of this research is to provide experimental tests of theories that have been rarely examined in the field such as the role of environmental variance in shaping the spatial and temporal structure of natural communities and the experimental test of early warning signals of regime shift in complex systems.
Professor Benedetti Cecchi has coordinated both national and international projects. From 2005 to 2010, he was the European Coordinator of NaGISA (Natural Geography of Inshore Areas), a project of the Census of Marine Life aimed at investigating patterns of marine coastal biodiversity at large spatial and temporal scales. From 2008 to 2010, he was the national coordinator of the PRIN project: The Resilience of Coastal Biodiversity to Synergistic Effects of Global and Local Environmental Changes (BIORES). He has also been the principal investigator in numerous other European projects under the FP5, FP6 and FP7 programmes. During the course of his career Professor Benedetti Cecchi has also given more than 30 seminars and invited talks at some of the most important research institutes (among which the Anton Dohrn Zoological Station in Naples and MIT) and at national and international conferences. He has been a member of the editorial committee of four international journals ("Marine Ecology Progress Series", "Estuaries and Coasts", "Phycologia" and "Marine Ecology") and is still serving as contributing editor in the first of these. In June 2016, he organized the XI International Temperate Reef Symposium, Pisa, the most important international conference on the ecology of rocky coasts.


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