Dr Fabrizio Manco

Course Leader for Marine Biology with Biodiversity and Conservation

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Life Sciences

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Animal and environmental biology

Fabrizio is an ecologist whose research centres on GIS and spatial analysis in the context of biological studies, including movement ecology (animal tracking), habitat mapping and connectivity (remote sensing) and species distribution modelling.



After completing an MSc in Tropical Plants Ecology, Fabrizio worked as a researcher and assistant professor at the University Of Applied Sciences Of Changins (Switzerland), in the area of agriculture and biodiversity conservation. He then did Post Grade Certificate in Geomatics at the University of Geneva where he decided to focus on the use of GIS and spatial analysis tools. Fabrizio has since worked as a consultant for national and international conservation agencies. He was also hired as a spatial analyst in the context of fisheries and marine environments by CEFAS (Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science).

Since 2011, Fabrizio has been teaching GIS, spatial analysis and more general ecology-related subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He developed research and consultancy partnerships with the IUCN Maldives Marine Projects, but his main research activity is about chinstrap penguin foraging habitat modelling during brood at the South Orkney Islands, in partnership with the British Antarctic Survey. Fabrizio completed his PhD in 2018.

Spoken Languages


Research interests

  • GIS and spatial analysis
  • Movement ecology
  • Species distribution modelling
  • Using remote sensing for habitat mapping and modelling (marine and terrestrial)


BSc (Hons) Zoology

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology with Biodiversity and Conservation
Module leader for GIS and Spatial Ecology

MSc Applied Wildlife Conservation
Module leader for GIS Tools for Biodiversity Mapping and Conservation


PhD Chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) foraging habitat model for the South Orkney Islands (2018)
PGCert Teaching and Learning, Anglia Ruskin University (2011)
PGCert Geomatics, University of Geneva (2007)
MSc Biology, General Ecology and Systematic, University of Neuchatel (1999)

Selected recent publications

Dias, M.P., Warwick-Evans, V., Carneiro, A.P.B., Harris, C., Lascelles, B.G., Clewlow, H.L., Manco, F., Ratcliffe, N. and Trathan, P.N., 2018. Using habitat models to identify marine important bird and biodiversity areas for Chinstrap Penguins Pygoscelis antarcticus in the South Orkney Islands. Polar Biology, pp.1-9. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00300-018-2404-4

Dias, M.P., Carneiro, A.P.B., Warwick‐Evans, V., Harris, C., Lorenz, K., Lascelles, B., Clewlow, H.L., Dunn, M.J., Hinke, J.T., Kim, J.H. and Kokubun, N., 2018. Identification of marine important bird and biodiversity areas for penguins around the South Shetland Islands and South Orkney Islands. Ecology and Evolution. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ece3.4519

Warwick‐Evans, V., Ratcliffe, N., Lowther, A.D., Manco, F., Ireland, L., Clewlow, H.L. and Trathan, P.N., 2018. Using habitat models for chinstrap penguins to advise krill fisheries management during the penguin breeding season. Diversity and Distributions. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ddi.12817

Syposz, M., Gonçalves, F., Carty, M., Hoppitt, W. and Manco, F., 2018. Factors influencing Manx Shearwater grounding on the west coast of Scotland. Ibis. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/ibi.12594

Recent presentations and conferences

Manco, F. and Trathan P., 2013. Contrast between incubation and brood in Chinstrap penguin (Pygoscelis antarcticus) foraging from the South Orkney Islands. 8th International Penguin Conference, Bristol.

Media experience

Manco F., 2018 How climate change is increasing the risk of wildfires. The Conversation. https://theconversation.com/how-climate-change-is-increasing-the-risk-of-wildfires-99056