Student and Fellow Profiles



Federico Riva

From: Salussola (BI), Italy


Program: PhD


Department: Renewable Resources


Supervisor: Dr Scott Nielsen


Start Date: January 1, 2015





My project aims to assess the effects of forest fragmentation and reclamation/restoration responses using butterflies as a focal group.


Previous Degrees

MSc (Environmental Biology cum laude), University of Turin, 2013

Thesis: Structure of acoustical emissions in lycenid-ants interaction

BSc (Natural Sciences), University of Turin, 2011

Thesis: Preliminary analysis on the effect of ski pistes on cenosis of Lepidoptera Rhopalocera of Val d’Aosta



Riva, F, F Barbero, S Bonelli, E Balletto and LP Casacci. 2016. The acoustic repertoire of lycaenid butterfly larvae. Bioacoustics: The International Journal of Animal Sound and its Recording. In press.



Riva F, JH Acorn and SE Nielsen. 2016. Butterfly responses to fragmentation associated with in-situ oil sands developments in northern Alberta boreal forests. XXV International Congress of Entomology. Orlando, Florida, USA. September 30, 2016.

Riva F, JH Acorn and SE Nielsen. 2016. Butterfly responses to in situ oil sands in a northern Alberta boreal forest. R.E. Peter Biology Conference. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. March 2, 2016.

Riva, F, F Barbero, S Bonelli, E Balletto, LP Casacci. 2014. Evolutionary aspects of Lycaenid acoustic emissions. 7th International Conference on the Biology of Butterflies. Turku, Finland. August 11, 2014.



“Master dei talenti Neolaureati” 2014 - Zion National Park (Utah, USA) position


Professional Affiliations
Gold Key International Honour Society
The Lepidopterists' Society


Other Interests

Beside my interests in the field of environmental sciences, I am curious about animal behaviour and I like to explore ethology, psychology and philosophy. As far as I can remember I've always loved animals and, to take a breather, I love sports, music and art.  




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