Fabrizio Manco

Acting Deputy Head & Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Science & Technology


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.

He is Acting Deputy Head for the Department and Course leader for BSc (Hons) Marine Biology with Biodiversity and Conservation.



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.

Research interests

  • GIS and spatial analysis
  • Movement ecology
  • Habitat mapping and modelling
  • Coral reef remote sensing

Fabrizio is a member of both our Applied Ecology Research Group and Behavioural Ecology Research Group.

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BSc (Hons) Zoology
BSc (Hons) Marine Biology with Biodiversity and Conservation
MSc Applied Wildlife Conservation


  • PGCert Teaching and Learning, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PGCert Geomatics, University of Geneva
  • MSc Biology, General Ecology and Systematic, University of Neuchatel

Research grants, consultancy, knowledge exchange

  • Spatial analyst for coral reef habitat mapping, IUCN Maldives Marine Projects

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.