Elena Cantarello

Dr Elena Cantarello

  • 01202 966783
  • ecantarello at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Associate Professor in Life and Environmental Sciences
  • Christchurch House C206, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, BH12 5BB
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I am a principal academic in sustainability science, passionate about embedding the UN Sustainable Development Goals in my Teaching, Research and Professional Practice. With a PhD in Forest Ecology and over 15 years’ experience in conducting research in forest landscapes, I have collaborated with several academic institutions, government bodies and commercial partners in the UK, Europe, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Kyrgyzstan, and Italy. 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 and biodiversity in response to human impacts. I have also undertaken regular and extensive fieldwork campaigns, particularly in the New Forest National Park. I am currently leading one of the main packages of a €5M EU funded project on increasing resilience of forests in Europe, involving 20 partners from 12 countries (RESONATE).

I have played a key role in creating and delivering the distance-learning MSc Green Economy, including five years of programme leadership, inspiring learning in an inclusive and diverse way and building sustainability skills for our local region and beyond...



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

I particularly focused 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 the WP2 leader of the H2020 project: 101000574, Title: RESONATE: Resilient forest value chains – enhancing resilience through natural and socio-economic responses. In particular I am responsible for assessing past and recent resilience of forests in different systems and regions.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person's work contributes towards the following SDGs:

Quality education

"Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all"

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Climate action

"Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts"

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Life on land

"Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss"

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Partnership for the Goals

"Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development"

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Journal Articles



  • Herbert, R.J.H., Stillman, R.A., Ross, K.E., Thornton, A., Hall, A.E., Clarke, L., Cantarello, E., Pickering, P., Herbert, R. and Bone, J., 2022. Intertidal and Lagoon Macrofauna and Flora of Poole Harbour. In: Humphreys, J., ed. Harbour Ecology Environment and Development in Poole Harbour. Pelagic, 55-81.
  • Lindner, M., Nikinmaa, L., Brang, P., Cantarello, E. and Seidl, R., 2020. Enhancing resilience to address challenges in forest management. In: Krumm, F., Schuck, A. and Rigling, A., eds. How to balance forestry and biodiversity conservation. A view across Europe. European Forest Institute (EFI); Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research (WSL)., 147-155.
  • 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. 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

  • James Jackson, 2020. Climate scenarios for Dorset, mitigation and adaptations required for the environment, business and population, (In progress)
  • Danquah Boakye, 2018. The Relationship between Environmental management performance and Financial Performance of AIM Listed Firms in the UK, (Completed)
  • Gabriel Ahinful. The Relationship between Environmental Management and Financial Performance of Ghanaian SMEs
  • Jeff Boakye. The relationship between SMEs environmental and financial performance
  • Jennifer Mark. Evaluating extinction risk of the world's timber tree species
  • Paul Evans. Dynamics of ecosystem services in forest ecosystems

Profile of Teaching PG

  • Carbon management (MSc Green Economy)
  • Former Programme Leader of the MSc Green Economy (2016-2021)

Profile of Teaching UG

  • Globalisation and Sustainable Development
  • Contemporary Topics in Geography
  • Residential Field Trip
  • International Field Trip


  • RESONATE (Resilient forest value chains – enhancing resilience through natural and socio-economic responses). (H2020, 01 Apr 2021). Awarded
  • Up scaling microclimate to macro-ecological importance for global conservation (Leverhulme Trust, 27 Feb 2017). Completed
  • New Forest black bog ant survey HLS 2016 (Forestry Commission, 02 May 2016). Completed
  • 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+)


  • Senior Fellow HEA in Education (HEA, 2018)
  • 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)


  • Gold award for leading Green Impact activities within the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (National Union of Students (NUS), 2019)
  • Gold award for leading Green Impact activities within the Department of Life and Environmental Sciences (National Union of Students (NUS), 2018)
  • 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,