Dr. Alessandro Filazzola

I am community ecologist, data scientist, and conservation biologist. I am currently a post-doctoral fellow at University of Toronto exploring how urban biodiversity is impacted by land development and climate change in a partnership with local conservation authorities. I am also a visiting post-doctoral researcher at York University where I examine global changes in lake chlorophyll in response to climate change and land use. I recently completed a Killam post-doctoral fellowship at University of Alberta examining the effects climate change and grazing on the trophic structure of ecological communities. I completed my PhD at York University examining mechanisms of plant-plant interactions in arid and semi-arid ecosystems. My other research includes exploring green infrastructure as a tool to mitigate the loss of biodiversity in cities and promoting R stats through workshops, publications, and open-source software.

In addition to my academic research, I have worked as a research coordinator  with the Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC). At the OCC I collaborated with municipalities to develop an adaptation plan to climate change. My time with the TNC I provided recommendations for the strategic retirement of agricultural land to preserve endangered species in California.

I am a strong supporter of open science, particularly using R, and increasing science accessibility for everyone. Most of my research analysis and workshop resources can be found at my GitHub page.