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Alessio Costa

Alessio Costa
PhD student in the Department of Crop Production Ecology, focusing on the adaptation of crop systems to climate change from a management perspective, with the ultimate goal of contributing in increasing global food security.


I am currently investigating the impacts of climate change and extreme weather conditions on the production of the main crops cultivated in Europe, using a combination of long term agricultural experiment data and historical climate data.

The goal of my project is to establish which management strategies are most efficient in adapting crop productions to climate change, through an increase in yield potential and stability in the face of detrimental weather conditions.

The project is mainly supervised by Giulia Vico, and co-supervised by Riccardo Bommarco and Giuliano Di Baldassarre and is part of a collaboration with Monique Smith in gathering long term agricultural data from various European crop fields.  


Having completed my bachelor studies in Natural Sciences, part of my background is based on a olistic knowledge of earth sciences, from abiotic subjects including geology, volcanology, physics, geochemistry, to biotic subjects including zoology, botany, anthropology, paleontology, genetics and ecology.

I have further expanded and specialized my background in ecology and nature conservation by obtaining a MSc in Ecology and Conservation in Uppsala University. Through the study of ecological theories (from general to population and community ecology) and applied ecological methods within conservation biology (from sampling to statistical methods, applied use of stochastic and deterministic models) I have acquired a deeper understanding of the anthropological impact on natural environments and which approaches can be effective in restoring biodiversity and threatened species.


Doctoral Student at the Department of Crop Production Ecology; Plant Ecology
Postal address:
Inst för växtproduktionsekologi, Box 7043
750 07 UPPSALA
Visiting address: Ulls väg 16, Uppsala