Elena Cantarello

Dr Elena Cantarello

  • 01202 966783
  • ecantarello at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Senior Lecturer In Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Christchurch House C217a, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a lecturer in sustainability science with ten years experience in conducting research in forest landscapes. I have knowledge and experience in GIS and spatially explicit modelling tools (Landis-II), which I regularly employ in my research to explore vegetation dynamics and changes in ecosystem services in response to human impacts. My particular interest is to contribute to solutions to environmental problems and to provide tools that inform environmental practice and policy implementation.

I have worked in local, regional and international projects, collaborating with several academic institutions, government bodies and commercial partners in the UK, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Kyrgyzstan and Italy. I have also undertaken regular and extensive fieldwork campaigns, particularly in the New Forest National Park. Since 2011 I have been involved in the development of the materials for the MSc in Green Economy and I am now the unit leader of the units in carbon management and climate change, and green technologies and renewables...



Currently working under the NERC-BESS project 'Dynamics and Thresholds of Ecosystem Services in Wooded Landscapes' https://microsites.bournemouth.ac.uk/new-forest-bess/

I am particularly focusing on modelling how the New Forest resilience is likely to change in the future, accounting for factors such as climate change, spreads of diseases and grazing animals.

I am also leading on the modelling component of the 'Mapping the Forests of Medieval Novgorod' research project, led by Prof. Mark Brisbane.

Journal Articles



  • Shiel, C., Smith, N. and Cantarello, E., 2020. Aligning Campus Strategy with the SDGs: An Institutional Case Study. World Sustainability Series. 11-27.
  • Newton, A.C., Cantarello, E., Lovegrove, A., Appiah, D. and Perella, L., 2013. The influence of grazing animals on tree regeneration and woodland dynamics in the New Forest, England. Trees, Forested Landscapes and Grazing Animals: A European Perspective on Woodlands and Grazed Treescapes. Taylor and Francis.
  • Newton, A., Cantarello, E., Myers, G., Douglas, S.J. and Tejedor, N., 2010. The condition and dynamics of New Forest woodlands. Biodiversity in the New Forest. Newbury, Berkshire: Pisces Publications, 132-147.
  • Newton, A. et al., 2010. Landscape-scale dynamics and restoration of dryland forest ecosystems. In: Newton, A. and Tejedor, N., eds. Principles and practice of forest landscape restoration: case studies from the drylands of Latin America. Gland, Switzerland: International Union for Conservation of Nature, 229-272.
  • Cantarello, E., Rachel, G. and Diana, W., 2010. The condition of The New Forest habitats: an overview. In: Newton, A., ed. Biodiversity in the New Forest. Newbury: Pisces Publishing, 124-131.


  • Shiel, C., Smith, N. and Cantarello, E., 2018. Aligning campus strategy with the SDGs: an institutional case study. In: 4th World Symposium on Sustainable Development at Universities (WSSD-U-2018) 27-30 August 2018 Penang, Malaysia.
  • Newton, A., Cantarello, E., Evans, P., Gosal and Martin, P.A., 2016. Measurement of resilience in a temperate forest ecosystem. In: BES Annual Meeting 11-14 December 2016 ACC, Liverpool.
  • Cantarello, E., 2016. Resilience of New Forest woodlands to disturbance. In: Ecology and management of the New Forest in an era of climate change 25 October 2016 Lyndhurst Community Centre.
  • Cantarello, E., Newton, A.C., Martin, P. and Evans, P., 2015. Temperate forest resilience in an era of emerging multiple disturbances. In: BES Annual Meeting 13-16 December 2015 EICC, Edinburgh.
  • Newton, A., Cantarello, E., Evans, P., Martin, P. and Gosal, A., 2015. Managing landscape resilience: the example of the New Forest. Wild Thing? In: Managing Landscape Change and Future Ecologies 9-11 September 2015 Sheffield Hallam University.
  • Cantarello, E., 2013. Forest resilience under different disturbance regimes in tropical and temperate forests. In: Intecol 2013 18-23 August 2014 London (UK).
  • Ginige, T.A., 2007. Is Sustainable Development an Effective Environmental Law Principle? A Case Study of Forest Management in Two Natura 2000 Sites. In: Nordic Environmental Law Network: Sustainable Development in National and International Law What did the Brundtland Report do to Legal Thinking and Legal Development, and where can we go from here? 2-5 May 2007 Vettre Hotel nr.Oslo, Norway.


  • Cantarello, E. and Newton, A., 2012. Darwin Initiative – Final Report. Conserving Eden: participatory forest management in the Tien Shan region. Bournemouth University.
  • Hodder, K., Douglas, S., Newton, Bullock, J.M., Scholefield, P., Vaughan, R. and Cantarello, E., 2010. Analysis of the costs and benefits of alternative solutions for restoring biodiversity. Final report, Defra project WC0758/CR0444. Bournemouth University.
  • Cantarello, E., Tejedor-Garavito, N. and Newton, A., 2009. Restoration of forest landscapes for biodiversity conservation and rural development in the drylands of Latin America. D25 - software program incorporating model of forest dynamics parameterised and validated for study areas.. Bournemouth University.

Internet Publications


PhD Students

  • Paul Evans. Dynamics of ecosystem services in forest ecosystems
  • Jennifer Mark. Evaluating extinction risk of the world's timber tree species
  • Gabriel Ahinful. The Relationship between Environmental Management and Financial Performance of Ghanaian SMEs
  • Jeff Boakye. The relationship between SMEs environmental and financial performance

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Carbon management (MSc Green Economy)
  • Green Technologies and Renewables (MSc Green Economy)
  • Programme Leader of the MSc Green Economy

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Globalisation and Sustainable Development


  • Up scaling microclimate to macro-ecological importance for global conservation (Leverhulme Trust, 27 Feb 2017). In Progress
  • New Forest black bog ant survey HLS 2016 (Forestry Commission, 02 May 2016). Awarded
  • Dynamics and thresholds of ecosystem services in wooded landscapes (NERC-BESS, 02 Sep 2013). Completed

Internal Responsibilities

  • Leader, Green Impact Life and Environemental Sciences (GreenLES+)


  • PhD in Forest Ecology (University of Padova (Italy), 2007)
  • MSc in Environmental and forestry sciences (University of Padova (Italy), 2003)
  • BSc (Hons) in Environmental and forestry sciences (University of Padova (Italy), 2001)


  • Silver award for leading Green Impact activities within the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (National Union of Students (NUS), 2017)
  • Bronze award for leading Green Impact activities within the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (National Union of Students (NUS), 2016)


  • British Ecological Society, Member,
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