Dr Luca Nelli

  • Teaching Fellow (MVLS Education Hub)
  • Research Associate (Infectious Disease Ecology)

Biography

2021 - present: Teaching Fellow. College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences. University of Glasgow.

2016 - present: Research Associate. School of Biodiversity, One Health & Veterinary Medicine. University of Glasgow.

2013-2015: Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. University of Pavia (Italy).

2009-2012: PhD in Experimental Ecology, University of Pavia (Italy).

Research interests

Main interests

I am a quantitative ecologist with research interests spanning form ecology to epidemiology, and their interface in the field of public health, One Health and wildlife conservation.

My key interest is the use of appropriate spatio-temporal statistical methods to make inference from imperfect and opportunistic data (such as citizen science data or passive case detection from health surveillance systems) in wildlife conservation and public health.

Current projects

Currently, my main research project is embedded in a cross-disciplinary USAID funded project (STOP Spillover), working with in-country stakeholders to understand and address the threats posed by zoonotic viral diseases and reduce the risk of viral spillover and spread.

As a parallel project, I am collaborating with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine on a research programme funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, entitled “Freedom from Infection – Confirming the Interruption of Malaria Transmission (FREEDOM)”. The programme seeks to investigate whether tools developed for confirming the absence of infection in veterinary epidemiology can be applied to malaria, and will provide key evidence as to whether and how these tools can be best used to guide decision-making when driving towards and confirming malaria elimination.

In addition, I am involved in different collaborative projects on ecology and epidemiology of vector-borne diseases in South Saharan Africa (primarily Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Kenya), where I collaborate with local scientists focusing on spatio-temporal analyses of vector-borne disease ecology.

In parallel with my main research, I am involved in several other collaborative projects on species distribution and connectivity models of a range of taxa such as insects, birds, fishes and mammals. 

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Luca_Nelli

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=lPuGm8YAAAAJ&hl=en

ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6091-4072

Publications

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Number of items: 30.

2022

Stresman, G. et al. (2022) Factors related to human-vector contact that modify the likelihood of malaria transmission during a contained Plasmodium falciparum outbreak in Praia, Cabo Verde. Frontiers in Epidemiology, 2, 1031230. (doi: 10.3389/fepid.2022.1031230)

Byrne, I. et al. (2022) Characterizing the spatial distribution of multiple malaria diagnostic endpoints in a low-transmission setting in Lao PDR. Frontiers in Medicine, 9, 929366. (doi: 10.3389/fmed.2022.929366)

Ngowo, H. , Limwagu, A. J., Ferguson, H. M. , Matthiopoulos, J. , Okumu, F. O. and Nelli, L. (2022) A statistical calibration tool for methods used to sample outdoor-biting mosquitoes. Parasites and Vectors, 15, 293. (doi: 10.1186/s13071-022-05403-7)

Ahmad, R. A., Nelli, L. , Surendra, H., Arisanti, R. R., Lesmanawati, D. A. S., Byrne, I., Dumont, E., Drakeley, C., Stresman, G. and Wu, L. (2022) A framework for evaluating health system surveillance sensitivity to support public health decision-making for malaria elimination: a case study from Indonesia. BMC Infectious Diseases, 22, 619. (doi: 10.1186/s12879-022-07581-2) (PMID:35840923) (PMCID:PMC9288013)

Aminu, O. R. et al. (2022) Participatory mapping identifies risk areas and environmental predictors of endemic anthrax in rural Africa. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 10514. (doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-14081-5) (PMID:35732674) (PMCID:PMC9217952)

Nelli, L. , Schehl, B., Stewart, R. A., Scott, C., Ferguson, S., MacMillan, S. and McCafferty, D. J. (2022) Predicting habitat suitability and connectivity for management and conservation of urban wildlife: a real-time web application for grassland water voles. Journal of Applied Ecology, 59(4), pp. 1072-1085. (doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.14118)

Cecchetti, M., Crowley, S. L., Wilson‐Aggarwal, J., Nelli, L. and McDonald, R. A. (2022) Spatial behavior of domestic cats and the effects of outdoor access restrictions and interventions to reduce predation of wildlife. Conservation Science and Practice, 4(2), e597. (doi: 10.1111/csp2.597)

2021

Sanou, A., Nelli, L. , Guelbéogo, W. M., Cissé, F., Tapsoba, M., Ouédraogo, P., Sagnon, N.’f., Ranson, H., Matthiopoulos, J. and Ferguson, H. M. (2021) Insecticide resistance and behavioural adaptation as a response to long-lasting insecticidal net deployment in malaria vectors in the Cascades region of Burkina Faso. Scientific Reports, 11, 17569. (doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-96759-w) (PMID:34475470) (PMCID:PMC8413378)

Corlatti, L., Cotza, A. and Nelli, L. (2021) Linking alternative reproductive tactics and habitat selection in Northern chamois. Ecology and Evolution, 11(11), pp. 7057-7068. (doi: 10.1002/ece3.7554) (PMID:34141275) (PMCID:PMC8207148)

Mmbando, A. S. et al. (2021) Fine-scale distribution of malaria mosquitoes biting or resting outside human dwellings in three low-altitude Tanzanian villages. PLoS ONE, 16(1), e0245750. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0245750) (PMID:33507908) (PMCID:PMC7842886)

2020

Brambilla, A., Von Hardenberg, A., Nelli, L. and Bassano, B. (2020) Distribution, status, and recent population dynamics of Alpine ibex Capra ibex in Europe. Mammal Review, 50(3), pp. 267-277. (doi: 10.1111/mam.12194)

Nelli, L. , Ferguson, H. M. and Matthiopoulos, J. (2020) Achieving explanatory depth and spatial breadth in infectious disease modelling: integrating active and passive case surveillance. Statistical Methods in Medical Research, 29(5), pp. 1273-1287. (doi: 10.1177/0962280219856380) (PMID:31213191)

Nelli, L. , Guelbeogo, M., Ferguson, H. M. , Ouattara, D., Tiono, A., N’Fale, S. and Matthiopoulos, J. (2020) Distance sampling for epidemiology: an interactive tool for estimating under-reporting of cases from clinic data. International Journal of Health Geographics, 19, 16. (doi: 10.1186/s12942-020-00209-1) (PMID:32312266) (PMCID:PMC7171748)

2019

Sanou, A. et al. (2019) Evaluation of mosquito electrocuting traps as a safe alternative to the human landing catch for measuring human exposure to malaria vectors in Burkina Faso. Malaria Journal, 18, 386. (doi: 10.1186/s12936-019-3030-5) (PMID:31791336) (PMCID:PMC6889701)

Sanou, A., Guelbéogo, W. M., Nelli, L. , Toé, K. H., Zongo, S., Ouédraogo, P., Cissé, F., Sagnon, N., Matthiopoulos, J. and Ferguson, H.M. (2019) Biting and Resting Behaviours of Malaria Vectors in Rural Burkina Faso Following Scaling up of LLINs. 6th Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) Annual Conference, Yaoundé, Cameroon, 23-25 Sep 2019.

Capotosti, S., Scacco, M., Nelli, L. , Dell'Omo, G. and Panuccio, M. (2019) Hypatia-trackRadar: A software for animal tracking using marine surveillance radars. Ecological Informatics, 53, 100972. (doi: 10.1016/j.ecoinf.2019.100972)

Tiberti, R., Nelli, L. , Marchetto, A., Tartari, G., Wienckowski, E. and Rogora, M. (2019) Multi-year trends and determinants of the hydrochemistry of high mountain lakes in the Western Italian Alps. Aquatic Sciences, 81(3), 54. (doi: 10.1007/s00027-019-0650-3)

Traore, A. et al. (2019) Anopheline species composition and the 1014F-genotype in different ecological settings of Burkina Faso in relation to malaria transmission. Malaria Journal, 18, 165. (doi: 10.1186/s12936-019-2789-8) (PMID:31068189) (PMCID:PMC6507147)

Monti, F., Nelli, L. , Catoni, C. and Dell’Omo, G. (2019) Nest box selection and reproduction of European Rollers in Central Italy: a 7-year study. Avian Research, 10(1), 13. (doi: 10.1186/s40657-019-0150-0)

Putman, R., Nelli, L. and Matthiopoulos, J. (2019) Changes in bodyweight and productivity in resource-restricted populations of red deer (Cervus elaphus) in response to deliberate reductions in density. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 65(1), 13. (doi: 10.1007/s10344-018-1251-5)

Panuccio, M., Agostini, N., Nelli, L. , Andreou, G. and Xirouchachis, S. (2019) Factors shaping distribution and abundance of raptors wintering in two large Mediterranean islands. Community Ecology, 20(1), pp. 93-103. (doi: 10.1556/168.2019.20.1.10)

2018

Nelli, L. , Langbein, J., Watson, P. and Putman, R. (2018) Mapping risk: quantifying and predicting the risk of deer-vehicle collisions on major roads in England. Mammalian Biology, 91, pp. 71-78. (doi: 10.1016/j.mambio.2018.03.013)

2017

Corlatti, L., Nelli, L. , Bertolini, M., Zibordi, F. and Pedrotti, L. (2017) A comparison of four different methods to estimate population size of Alpine marmot (Marmota marmota). Hystrix, 28(1), pp. 61-67. (doi: 10.4404/hystrix-28.1-11698)

Tiberti, R., Nelli, L. , Brighenti, S., Iacobuzio, R. and Rolla, M. (2017) Spatial distribution of introduced brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis (Salmonidae) within alpine lakes: evidences from a fish eradication campaign. European Zoological Journal, 84(1), pp. 73-88. (doi: 10.1080/11250003.2016.1274436)

2016

Nelli, L. , Murru, M. and Meriggi, A. (2016) Effects of density on lek-site selection by Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix in the Alps. Bird Study, 63(2), pp. 187-195. (doi: 10.1080/00063657.2016.1180503)

2015

Corlatti, L., Fattorini, L. and Nelli, L. (2015) The use of block counts, mark-resight and distance sampling to estimate population size of a mountain-dwelling ungulate. Population Ecology, 57(2), pp. 409-419. (doi: 10.1007/s10144-015-0481-6)

Nelli, L. (2015) Habitat suitability models and carrying capacity estimations for rock ptarmigans in a protected area of the Italian Alps. Rivista Italiana di Ornitologia, 85(1), pp. 23-30. (doi: 10.4081/rio.2015.155)

2014

Franceschi, S., Nelli, L. , Pisani, C., Franzoi, A., Fattorini, L. and Meriggi, A. (2014) A monte carlo appraisal of plot and distance sampling for surveys of black grouse and rock ptarmigan populations in alpine protected areas. Journal of Wildlife Management, 78(2), pp. 359-368. (doi: 10.1002/jwmg.661)

2013

Nelli, L. , Meriggi, A. and Franzoi, A. (2013) Habitat selection by breeding rock ptarmigan Lagopus muta helvetica males in the western Italian Alps. Wildlife Biology, 19(4), pp. 382-389. (doi: 10.2981/13-009)

2012

Nelli, L. , Meriggi, A. and Vidus-Rosin, A. (2012) Effects of habitat improvement actions (HIAs) and reforestations on pheasants Phasianus colchicus in northern Italy. Wildlife Biology, 18(2), pp. 121-130. (doi: 10.2981/11-022)

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Number of items: 30.

Articles

Stresman, G. et al. (2022) Factors related to human-vector contact that modify the likelihood of malaria transmission during a contained Plasmodium falciparum outbreak in Praia, Cabo Verde. Frontiers in Epidemiology, 2, 1031230. (doi: 10.3389/fepid.2022.1031230)

Byrne, I. et al. (2022) Characterizing the spatial distribution of multiple malaria diagnostic endpoints in a low-transmission setting in Lao PDR. Frontiers in Medicine, 9, 929366. (doi: 10.3389/fmed.2022.929366)

Ngowo, H. , Limwagu, A. J., Ferguson, H. M. , Matthiopoulos, J. , Okumu, F. O. and Nelli, L. (2022) A statistical calibration tool for methods used to sample outdoor-biting mosquitoes. Parasites and Vectors, 15, 293. (doi: 10.1186/s13071-022-05403-7)

Ahmad, R. A., Nelli, L. , Surendra, H., Arisanti, R. R., Lesmanawati, D. A. S., Byrne, I., Dumont, E., Drakeley, C., Stresman, G. and Wu, L. (2022) A framework for evaluating health system surveillance sensitivity to support public health decision-making for malaria elimination: a case study from Indonesia. BMC Infectious Diseases, 22, 619. (doi: 10.1186/s12879-022-07581-2) (PMID:35840923) (PMCID:PMC9288013)

Aminu, O. R. et al. (2022) Participatory mapping identifies risk areas and environmental predictors of endemic anthrax in rural Africa. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 10514. (doi: 10.1038/s41598-022-14081-5) (PMID:35732674) (PMCID:PMC9217952)

Nelli, L. , Schehl, B., Stewart, R. A., Scott, C., Ferguson, S., MacMillan, S. and McCafferty, D. J. (2022) Predicting habitat suitability and connectivity for management and conservation of urban wildlife: a real-time web application for grassland water voles. Journal of Applied Ecology, 59(4), pp. 1072-1085. (doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.14118)

Cecchetti, M., Crowley, S. L., Wilson‐Aggarwal, J., Nelli, L. and McDonald, R. A. (2022) Spatial behavior of domestic cats and the effects of outdoor access restrictions and interventions to reduce predation of wildlife. Conservation Science and Practice, 4(2), e597. (doi: 10.1111/csp2.597)

Sanou, A., Nelli, L. , Guelbéogo, W. M., Cissé, F., Tapsoba, M., Ouédraogo, P., Sagnon, N.’f., Ranson, H., Matthiopoulos, J. and Ferguson, H. M. (2021) Insecticide resistance and behavioural adaptation as a response to long-lasting insecticidal net deployment in malaria vectors in the Cascades region of Burkina Faso. Scientific Reports, 11, 17569. (doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-96759-w) (PMID:34475470) (PMCID:PMC8413378)

Corlatti, L., Cotza, A. and Nelli, L. (2021) Linking alternative reproductive tactics and habitat selection in Northern chamois. Ecology and Evolution, 11(11), pp. 7057-7068. (doi: 10.1002/ece3.7554) (PMID:34141275) (PMCID:PMC8207148)

Mmbando, A. S. et al. (2021) Fine-scale distribution of malaria mosquitoes biting or resting outside human dwellings in three low-altitude Tanzanian villages. PLoS ONE, 16(1), e0245750. (doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0245750) (PMID:33507908) (PMCID:PMC7842886)

Brambilla, A., Von Hardenberg, A., Nelli, L. and Bassano, B. (2020) Distribution, status, and recent population dynamics of Alpine ibex Capra ibex in Europe. Mammal Review, 50(3), pp. 267-277. (doi: 10.1111/mam.12194)

Nelli, L. , Ferguson, H. M. and Matthiopoulos, J. (2020) Achieving explanatory depth and spatial breadth in infectious disease modelling: integrating active and passive case surveillance. Statistical Methods in Medical Research, 29(5), pp. 1273-1287. (doi: 10.1177/0962280219856380) (PMID:31213191)

Nelli, L. , Guelbeogo, M., Ferguson, H. M. , Ouattara, D., Tiono, A., N’Fale, S. and Matthiopoulos, J. (2020) Distance sampling for epidemiology: an interactive tool for estimating under-reporting of cases from clinic data. International Journal of Health Geographics, 19, 16. (doi: 10.1186/s12942-020-00209-1) (PMID:32312266) (PMCID:PMC7171748)

Sanou, A. et al. (2019) Evaluation of mosquito electrocuting traps as a safe alternative to the human landing catch for measuring human exposure to malaria vectors in Burkina Faso. Malaria Journal, 18, 386. (doi: 10.1186/s12936-019-3030-5) (PMID:31791336) (PMCID:PMC6889701)

Capotosti, S., Scacco, M., Nelli, L. , Dell'Omo, G. and Panuccio, M. (2019) Hypatia-trackRadar: A software for animal tracking using marine surveillance radars. Ecological Informatics, 53, 100972. (doi: 10.1016/j.ecoinf.2019.100972)

Tiberti, R., Nelli, L. , Marchetto, A., Tartari, G., Wienckowski, E. and Rogora, M. (2019) Multi-year trends and determinants of the hydrochemistry of high mountain lakes in the Western Italian Alps. Aquatic Sciences, 81(3), 54. (doi: 10.1007/s00027-019-0650-3)

Traore, A. et al. (2019) Anopheline species composition and the 1014F-genotype in different ecological settings of Burkina Faso in relation to malaria transmission. Malaria Journal, 18, 165. (doi: 10.1186/s12936-019-2789-8) (PMID:31068189) (PMCID:PMC6507147)

Monti, F., Nelli, L. , Catoni, C. and Dell’Omo, G. (2019) Nest box selection and reproduction of European Rollers in Central Italy: a 7-year study. Avian Research, 10(1), 13. (doi: 10.1186/s40657-019-0150-0)

Putman, R., Nelli, L. and Matthiopoulos, J. (2019) Changes in bodyweight and productivity in resource-restricted populations of red deer (Cervus elaphus) in response to deliberate reductions in density. European Journal of Wildlife Research, 65(1), 13. (doi: 10.1007/s10344-018-1251-5)

Panuccio, M., Agostini, N., Nelli, L. , Andreou, G. and Xirouchachis, S. (2019) Factors shaping distribution and abundance of raptors wintering in two large Mediterranean islands. Community Ecology, 20(1), pp. 93-103. (doi: 10.1556/168.2019.20.1.10)

Nelli, L. , Langbein, J., Watson, P. and Putman, R. (2018) Mapping risk: quantifying and predicting the risk of deer-vehicle collisions on major roads in England. Mammalian Biology, 91, pp. 71-78. (doi: 10.1016/j.mambio.2018.03.013)

Corlatti, L., Nelli, L. , Bertolini, M., Zibordi, F. and Pedrotti, L. (2017) A comparison of four different methods to estimate population size of Alpine marmot (Marmota marmota). Hystrix, 28(1), pp. 61-67. (doi: 10.4404/hystrix-28.1-11698)

Tiberti, R., Nelli, L. , Brighenti, S., Iacobuzio, R. and Rolla, M. (2017) Spatial distribution of introduced brook trout Salvelinus fontinalis (Salmonidae) within alpine lakes: evidences from a fish eradication campaign. European Zoological Journal, 84(1), pp. 73-88. (doi: 10.1080/11250003.2016.1274436)

Nelli, L. , Murru, M. and Meriggi, A. (2016) Effects of density on lek-site selection by Black Grouse Tetrao tetrix in the Alps. Bird Study, 63(2), pp. 187-195. (doi: 10.1080/00063657.2016.1180503)

Corlatti, L., Fattorini, L. and Nelli, L. (2015) The use of block counts, mark-resight and distance sampling to estimate population size of a mountain-dwelling ungulate. Population Ecology, 57(2), pp. 409-419. (doi: 10.1007/s10144-015-0481-6)

Nelli, L. (2015) Habitat suitability models and carrying capacity estimations for rock ptarmigans in a protected area of the Italian Alps. Rivista Italiana di Ornitologia, 85(1), pp. 23-30. (doi: 10.4081/rio.2015.155)

Franceschi, S., Nelli, L. , Pisani, C., Franzoi, A., Fattorini, L. and Meriggi, A. (2014) A monte carlo appraisal of plot and distance sampling for surveys of black grouse and rock ptarmigan populations in alpine protected areas. Journal of Wildlife Management, 78(2), pp. 359-368. (doi: 10.1002/jwmg.661)

Nelli, L. , Meriggi, A. and Franzoi, A. (2013) Habitat selection by breeding rock ptarmigan Lagopus muta helvetica males in the western Italian Alps. Wildlife Biology, 19(4), pp. 382-389. (doi: 10.2981/13-009)

Nelli, L. , Meriggi, A. and Vidus-Rosin, A. (2012) Effects of habitat improvement actions (HIAs) and reforestations on pheasants Phasianus colchicus in northern Italy. Wildlife Biology, 18(2), pp. 121-130. (doi: 10.2981/11-022)

Conference or Workshop Item

Sanou, A., Guelbéogo, W. M., Nelli, L. , Toé, K. H., Zongo, S., Ouédraogo, P., Cissé, F., Sagnon, N., Matthiopoulos, J. and Ferguson, H.M. (2019) Biting and Resting Behaviours of Malaria Vectors in Rural Burkina Faso Following Scaling up of LLINs. 6th Pan-African Mosquito Control Association (PAMCA) Annual Conference, Yaoundé, Cameroon, 23-25 Sep 2019.

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Grants

Grants and Awards listed are those received whilst working with the University of Glasgow.

  • Optimizing strategies for Flavivirus surveillance
    The Royal Society
    2022 - 2024
     

Supervision

Teaching

2020 - presentGIS for Ecologists BIOL5250

2017 - 2020: Spatial Ecology BIOL5129 - GIS in R module