CBMA Conferences

Talk(ing) series(ously) about Biodiversity, Ecology and Global Change is the new cycle of seminars under the CBMA Conferences. This cycle is promoted by the Biodiversity, Ecology and Global Change Master's Board in collaboration with the CBMA and the IB-S.


October 20, 2021 - 2:00 pm


October 20, 2021 - 3:00 pm


IB-S – Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability auditorium   View map


Stefano Mammola – Italian National Research Council

20 Out | 14:00 | IB-S ou Online



Caves and other subterranean ecosystems are among the most widespread environments on Earth and contain a biota still poorly known. To raise awareness of subterranean ecosystems, the essential services they provide, and their unique conservation challenges, 2021 was designated the International Year of Cave and Karst. The time is ripe to provide a quantitative assessment of solution-based approaches to safeguard subterranean biota and associated habitats. During the seminar, I will presente the result of an ongoing systematic review to quantify the available evidence for the effectiveness of conservation interventions in subterranean ecosystems. I will discuss the importance of making conservation efforts in subterranean systems more practical, cost-effective, and long-lasting.


Stefano Mammola is a researcher at the Italian National Research Council. Currently (2020—2022) he is on a research sabbatical in Finland to carry out a Marie Skłodowska-Curie individual fellowship project focused on testing ecological theory using simplified systems (caves). His scientific activity primarily focuses on subterranean biology and the use of caves as model systems in which to investigate an array of eco-evolutionary topics. Stefano Mammola is particularly interested in functional ecology and conservation and he is also passionate about the taxonomy and ecology of spiders.