I am an Italian ecologist and lover of nature, traveling and exploring. I am currently a postdoc researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, where I am studying the effect of species interactions on the evolution of plant-pollinator systems.
I have a BSc in Ecology and a MSc in Marine Biology from the University of Pisa (Italy). I gained my PhD degree at the University of Zurich, where I studied the role of temperature in shaping biotic interactions (competition, predation) and the structure of ecological communities
When I am not busy making science I am often outdoors, either running, climbing or taking pictures.
I also like modern and contemporary art (some of my paintings here), photography, writing about my travels (when I’m not too lazy) and reading books (among my favourites: “The Baron in the Trees” and all the writings by Italo Calvino; “The old man and the sea” and Nick Adams’s novels by Hemingway; “Il gattopardo” by Tomasi di Lampedusa; “Dersu Uzala”; “On the road” by Kerouack; “The Kon Tiki expedition” by Thor Heyerdahl; “The Day of the Owl” and “Candido” by Leonardo Sciascia; “1984”; “The quiet American” by Graham Greene; and the Alaskan novels by the good old Jack London).
CREDITS: the pictures in this page are by Laura Hyde, Jack Ashton-Booth (maybe), and Martin Solhaug (modified), respsctively. The panoramic view of a green icelandic valley that can be seen in some of the headers is by Adrianna Hawkzac. All other contents on this website are my creations, unless otherwise stated. Feel free to download material for personal, non-profit use; make sure the original authorship is acknowledged. For other uses (e.g. commercial publications), please get in touch for terms and conditions: marcoplebani85_AT_gmail.com.