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Dr Marta Maria Cecchetto is a Research Associate in deep sea ecology at Heriot-Watt Univeristy with experience in researching different topics as marine biogeochemistry, stable-isotope ecology, deep-sea ecology, biology and oceanography. Dr Cecchetto aim to assess benthic ecosystem functioning, abyssal scavengers and predator diversity of deep-sea abyssal plains and bathyal Antarctic fjords in the context of deep-sea mining and climate change. She uses pulse-chase experiments, as well as baited trap and camera landers to provide insights on benthic ecosystem functioning and diversity of deep-sea habitats. She is also interested in addressing the growing environmental concerns around the topic of marine carbon dioxide removal technologies. Dr Cecchetto likes to pursue innovative research to improve our understanding of the global ocean and help develop environmentally friendly solutions to cliamte change.  

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 SDG(s):

  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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