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Chiara Franco

Chiara completed her PhD at the University of Essex and conducted her field research at the Operation Wallacea Marine site in Indonesia. Her research involved the collection of field data on bioerosion and bioaccretion across environmental gradients within the Wakatobi region, to better understand how past, present and future environmental disturbances (both natural and anthropogenic) influence reef framework. The data, collected across environmental gradients, enabled the creation of a novel decision support system for coral reef conservation and management. This study aimed to provide managers and park authorities with a user-friendly model that considers reef components under a holistic and adaptive approach. Chiara’s field work was funded by an Operation Wallacea studentship and supervised by Dr. Leanne Hepburn and Dr. David Smith.

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