Dr. Natali Lazzari is a postdoctoral researcher at the EQUALSEA Lab (University of Santiago de Compostela) since 2021, the same year she received her Ph.D. at the University of Barcelona/CEAB-CSIC. Natali has developed her research working at different Spanish institutions, such as the Spanish National Research Council and the University of Cadiz. She has recently been awarded a Margarita Salas postdoctoral research fellowship at the University of Barcelona to continue her research at the Centre for Island Research and Environmental Observatory (CRIOBE-CNRS) and the EQUALSEA Lab (USC) from 2022 to 2024.
Natali has led and participated in several research projects. In particular, she is co-lead of the INBIOMAR and INBIOMAR II projects and is currently involved in global scope projects, such as EQUALSEA, Distant Water Fleets in USAID Regions, and AtantECO. She is also actively involved in international initiatives focused on better understanding the interplay of social and ecological dimensions in coastal and marine systems. She is a member of the ICES Working Group on Resilience and Marine Ecosystem Services, SCOR Working Group Changing Ocean Biological Systems, and Working Group on Relational Values Quantification.
Additionally, Natali is a member and one of the European trainers for the Citizen Science Program Reef Life Survey (www.reeflifesurvey.com). As part of her research, she has conducted RLS expeditions in tropical (Rapa Nui) and temperate systems (Spain, Portugal, France, Morocco, United Kingdom, and Chile).
Natali’s research aims to contribute to the sustainable development of seas and oceans, considering both ecological and social well-being. As a socio-ecologist, she has solid experience in the integrated study of social and ecological dimensions, with the ultimate aim of informing integrated management efforts in marine and coastal systems.
Her research focuses on the spatial identification of coastal marine social-ecological associations by operationalizing different methodological frameworks, including the social-ecological vulnerability assessment framework. Recently, her research interests expanded towards a deep understanding of the role of relational values, transformations, and equity in marine and coastal social-ecological systems.