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Grégoire DUBOIS


Directorate for Sustainable Resources

European Commission, Joint Research Centre

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I-21027 Ispra (VA), ITALY


Tel : +39 0332 786360
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Email: gregoire.dubois (at)


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  DOPA Team

Bastin, Lucy comes from Birmingham, UK, where her interest in spatial ecology began with work on green corridors for the local Wildlife Trust. After studying Zoology at Nottingham University, she gained a Masters’ in GIS and a PhD on metapopulation and source-sink dynamics of plant species in the urban habitat mosaic. Her postdoctoral work on the EU FP5 FLIERS project focussed on fuzzy classification of vegetation communities from remote sensing and the efficient visualization of this uncertain information. After a further 3 years as an industrial software developer with Tadpole-Cartesia (Edinburgh) she became a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at Aston University, UK, generating interdisciplinary collaborations with a variety of domains including microbiologists, agricultural specialists, economists and town planners. Lucy is in charge of the development of the new web versions of the main DOPA web clients (Explorer, Validator and Analyst) as well as of the modeling web processing services.

Contact: Lucy.Bastin (at)

Battistella, Luca is a geographer with a specialization in Geographic Information Systems. He's an Open Source and Open Web Standards enthusiast with over nine years of experience working as GIS Analyst and Web Mapping Application Developer. Luca has been developing geospatial applications within various international projects and joined the JRC in 2013, where he is the developer of eConservation and DOPA Explorer 2, and helps other projects to solve their geospatial problems.

Contact: Luca.Battistella (at)

Bertzky, Bastian is a protected area specialist with a background in conservation science and policy. He has been working on protected areas and World Heritage sites globally for over 10 years, including many years at IUCN and UNEP-WCMC. His qualifications include degrees in Geography and Conservation Biology, and he is interested in a wide range of topics from protected area planning, management and monitoring to mainstreaming biodiversity into decision making. Bastian joined the JRC in June 2013 to support the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA) and the Biodiversity and Protected Areas Management (BIOPAMA) project.

Contact: Bastian.Bertzky (at)

Conti, Michele is working as a Scientific Officer at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. He graduated in Information Science at University of Milan (Italy), Telematics Laboratory. He worked at the European Commission JRC for the Image2000 project, Nuclear Safeguards in the framework of the Additional Protocol (SIT), Environmental information systems ESDAC (European Soil Data Centre) and EFDAC (European Forest Data Centre) and the implementation of the digital platform of New World Atlas on Desertification (WAD). In the Knowledge for Sustainable Development & Food Security Unit he is involved in the Ecosystem Services Partnership initiative and in the RECARE (remediate against soil degradation) project.

Contact: Michele.Conti (at)

Delli, Giacomo is a GIS and Remote Sensing expert, with more than 20 years of experience in technical cooperation with developing countries. He comes from San Gimignano and is MSc in Tropical Agriculture. He has lots of experience in GIS applications for environmental management, agricultural development and water resources management, image processing, land cover mapping and in training on software tools and spatial analysis / image interpretation. During his career, he travelled extensively in Africa and the Middle East and lived as permanent resident in Algeria and Iraq, gaining an important experience in international, multi-cultural and multi-ethnic environments. He joined the JRC as GIS Developer at Knowledge for Sustainable Development & Food Security Unit.

Contact: giacomo.delli (at)

Dubois, Grégoire is a Project Leader at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. He has been working around 20 years in the field of geoinformatics applied to environmental monitoring and modeling (radioactivity, air quality, biodiversity). Grégoire manages a team of around 10 people working on information systems that are dealing with biodiversity and ecosystems services, with a focus on support to developing countries in support to the institutional activities of theKnowledge for Sustainable Development & Food Security Unit. His qualifications include a BSc in Zoology, an MSc in Radiobiology and a PhD in Geostatistics.

Contact: gregoire.dubois (at)

Mariagrazia, Graziano  is a biologist with a PhD in marine ecology, marine resources management and conservation. Mariagrazia has a background in experimental ecology methods to highlight biodiversity changes in relation to human impacts and protection measures (Marine Protected Areas) and in applying causal framework (such as Driving-Pressure-State-Impact-Response) to describe the interactions between society and the environment. She joined the JRC in October 2013 to support the BIOPAMA project. She is also a contact point within JRC for the Caribbean region in BIOPAMA.

Contact: Mariagrazia.Graziano(at)

Mandrici, Andrea has fifteen years of experience in analysis and management of spatial data related to Natural Resources. He comes from Rome (IT), and is MSc in Natural Sciences and PhD in Biology and Ecology at University of Perugia, where he has been contract researcher at the Biology Department, involved in studies on wildlife. He worked in Tanzania, with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and OIKOS East Africa, for the Tanzanian National Land Use Plan and for a Food Security Project. He moved to Iraq and Jordan, with the Iraqi Ministry of Water Resources for the Iraq National Water Master Plan. He joined the JRC as GIS Developer for the Climate Risk Management Unit and now is Database Developer at Knowledge for Sustainable Development & Food Security Unit.

Contact: andrea.mandrici (at)

Ostermann, Ole is a Senior Scientific Officer at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission since 2002. Ole is an ecologist and holds a PhD in agronomy from his studies in Hamburg, Montpellier and Goettingen. He had previously worked in protected areas, and for four years at the European Topic Centre for Nature Conservation in Paris, for the European Environment Agency. In the JRC he contributes to the coordination of the research activities related to biodiversity and ecosystem services and acts as contact point to stakeholders. He is working in particular in the eConservation module of DOPA.

Contact: ole.ostermann (at)

Saura, Santiago is a forest landscape ecologist that joined the JRC in February 2016. His main interests are quantitative methods in spatial ecology, landscape connectivity analysis and forest biodiversity conservation. His research outputs include applied recommendations for landscape planning and endangered species conservation, new methods for the analysis of habitat connectivity and landscape configuration, and the implementation of some of these new methods in freely available software tools (Conefor). Before joining the JRC, Santiago was Full Professor at the Department of Natural Systems and Resources of the Technical University of Madrid (Spain). Information on his publications is available at

Contact: Santiago.Saura (at)

Ganisheva, Krasimira  has a Master’s degree in Geodesy with a qualification in Engineer-geodesist from University of Architecture, Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Bulgaria and a post-graduate degree in financial, accounting and legal activity of the enterprise from the University of National and World Economy, Bulgaria. Since 2000 she has worked as a civil servant at the Executive Agency on vine and wine under Bulgarian Ministry of Agriculture and Food. She joined the JRC Monitoring Agricultural Resources Unit as a Seconded National Expert in November 2007. Then, she worked at the JRC as a contract staff. She is currently contributing to eConservation, in particular to worldwide biodiversity conservation data collection, validation, processing, geo-referencing and maintenance. Her background includes a specific expertise in Geomatics, Agriculture, Cadastre, GIS and database management tools/Support to IS development, Area measurement validation scheme application under CAP, GPS/Aerial and space imagery testing, Statistical analysis, Analysis of Sustainable Energy Action Plans, Environmental monitoring and biodiversity conservation.

Contact: krasimira.ganisheva (at)

GCAD (Global Conservation And Development) is a project of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. It is designed to support the EU in the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development by strengthening its support to developing countries through improved access to reference information required for decision-making for the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, with an emphasis on protected areas.

GCAD is a project embedding the JRC contribution to the BIOPAMA programme ( as well as the developments of the Digital Observatory for Protected Areas (DOPA, and eConservation ( )

Full GCAD Team


The Digital Observatory for Protected Areas is a collective effort of people working within the Global Environmnent Monitoring Unit of the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission with the indispensable support of many people from outside (scientists, programmers, end-users. ...), including the following institutions: UNEP-WCMCGBIFIUCNRSPB