Mariella Marzano, BA, MA, PhD

Research Scientist

Mariella Marzano


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Forest Research
Northern Research Station
Midlothian EH25 9SY

Mariella contributes to a variety of interdisciplinary research programmes including social dimension of tree health, adaptive forest management, human-wildlife interactions, green network planning for people and biodiversity and risk management and communication.

She has Ph.D. in Social Anthropology, which explored rural development and natural resource management issues in Sri Lanka. Prior to joining Forest Research in 2007 she carried out research into volunteer biodiversity monitoring networks and co-managed a pan-European COST Action – INTERCAFE - aimed at developing interdisciplinary networks for the management of human-wildlife (specifically cormorant-fisheries) conflicts.

Current role

Research Scientist, Social and Economic Research Group

Responsibilities include the design, execution and management of social research in support of sustainable land use in UK and Europe.

Leading a IUFRO Working Party on Social Dimensions of Forest Health

Research projects

Research areas

  • Sustainable forestry
  • Tree health
  • Recreational value of forests
  • Perceptions and understanding of risk
  • Development and social change
  • Human-wildlife conflicts
  • Environmental volunteering

Main recent publications

Peer reviewed papers

Marzano, M., Allen, W., Dandy, N., Haight, R., Holmes, T., Keskitalo, E.C.H., Langer, E.R., Shadbolt, M., Urquhart, J. (2017) The role of the social sciences in understanding and informing tree biosecurity policy and planning: a global synthesis. Biological Invasions.

Dandy, N., Marzano, M., Porth, E., Urquhart, J., Potter, C. (2017) Who has a stake in ash dieback? A conceptual framework for the identification and categorisation of tree health stakeholders. Special edition publication from COST Action Fraxback

Marzano, M. Dandy, N et al (2016) Assessing awareness of tree pests and pathogens amongst tree professionals: A pan-European perspective. Forest Policy and Economics. 70:164-171.

Marzano, M., Ambrose-Oji, B., Dandy, N. (2016) Employee relocation in the public sector: Forestry Perspectives. Scottish Forestry

Marzano, M., Fuller, L. Quine, C.P. 2017. Barriers to management of tree diseases: Framing perspectives of pinewood managers around Dothistroma Needle Blight. Journal of Environmental Management. 188: 238-245.

Fuller, L., Marzano, M., Peace, A., Quine, C.P., Dandy, N. (2016) Public acceptance of tree health management: results of a national survey in the UK. Environmental science and Policy
Porth, E., Dandy, N., Marzano, M. (2015) “My garden is the one with no trees”: Residential lived experiences of the 2012 Asian longhorn beetle eradication programme in Kent, England. Human Ecology
Leveque, J., Marzano, M., Broome, A., Connolly, T. Dandy, N. (2015) Forest visitor perceptions of recreational impacts on amphibian wildlife. European Journal of Wildlife Research

Marzano, M., Dandy, N. Bayliss, H.R., Porth, E., Potter, C. (2015) Part of the solution? Stakeholder awareness, information and engagement in tree health issues. Biological Invasions. DOI 10.1007/s10530-015-0850-2.

Eschen, R. Rigaux, L., Sukovata, L.,Vettraino, A.M., Marzano, M., Gregoire, J-M. (2015) Phytosanitary inspection of woody plants for planting at European Union entry points: a practical enquiryBiological Invasions DOI 10.1007/s10530-015-0883-6.

Bouriad, L. and Marzano, M. (2014)  Conservation, extraction and corruption: Is sustainable forest management possible in Romania? In: E. Gilberthorpe and G. Hilson (eds) Natural resource extraction and indigenous livelihoods. Development challenges in an era of globalisation. Surrey, Ashgate pp221-240.

Marzano, M., Quine, C.P., Dandy, N. (2014) Forests for all? Considering the conservation implications of human-species interactions in the context of multifunctional forestry. In Fenning, T. (ed)Challenges and opportunities for the world’s forests in the 21st Century.  London, Springer. Pp55-70

Marzano, M., Moseley, D.M, Quine, C.P. & Barnett, J. (2013). Organisational intentions and responses: Presenting the risk of Lyme disease to countryside users. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management.56(3):305-328

Marzano, M. Carss, D.N., Cheyne, I. (2013) Managing European-fisheries conflicts: problems, practicalities and Policy. Fisheries Management and Ecology 20(5): 401-413.

Lawrence., A and M. Marzano (2013) Is the private forest sector adapting to climate change? A study of forest managers in north Wales. Annals of Forest Science. Published on line: DOI 10.1007/s13595-013-0326-4

O’Brien, L., Marzano, M., White R.M. (2013) Participatory interdisciplinarity: Towards the integration of disciplinary diversity with stakeholder engagement for new models of knowledge production. Science and Public Policy (2013) 40 (1): 51-61 first published online January 7, 2013 doi:10.1093/scipol/scs120

Quine, C.P., Barnett, J. Dobson, A.D.M., Marcu. A., Marzano, M., Moseley, D., O’Brien, L., Randolph, S., Taylor, J.L. & Uzzell, D. (2011). The Place of Risk Communication within the Management of Animal Disease Risks for Countryside Users. Phil. Trans. Roy. Soc. B.

Eycott, A., Marzano, M. & Watts, K. (2011). Filling Evidence Gaps with Expert Opinion: An example of a Delphi analysis in Functional Connectivity Modelling. Landscape and Urban Planning.

Dandy, N., Marzano, M., Moseley, D., Stewart, A., and Lawrence, A. (2011). Exploring the role of street trees in the improvement and expansion of green networks. Proceedings of the ICF Annual Conference, Trees, People and the Built Environment, 13th-14th April 2011.  

Edwards, D., Jensen, F.S., Marzano, M., Mason, B., Pizzirani, S. & Schelhaas, M-J. (2011). A Theoretical Framework to Assess the Impacts of Forest Management on the Recreational Value of European Forests. Ecological Indicators 11: 81-89.

Young, J. Marzano, M., Watt, A.D.W., Carss, D.N., Redpath, S.M., McCracken, D.I., White, R.M. & Quine, C.P. (2010). Managing Conflicts Affecting Biodiversity, Ecosystems and Livelihoods in a changing Environment. Biodiversity and Conservation 19:3973-3990.

Young, J. & Marzano, M. (2010). Embodied interdisciplinarity: What is the Role of Polymaths in Environmental Research? Environmental Conservation 37(4):373-375.

Bell, S., Marzano, M. & Podjed, D. (2010). Inside Monitoring: A Comparison of Bird Monitoring Groups in Slovenia and the United Kingdom”. In A. Lawrence (ed.) Taking Stock of Nature, Cambridge University Press.

Carss, D.N., S. Bell & Marzano, M.  (2009). Competing and Coexisting with Cormorants:  Ambiguity and Change in European Wetlands”. In. S. Heckler (ed) Landscape, Process and Power: A New Environmental Knowledge Synthesis. New York: Berghahn.

Sillitoe, P. & Marzano, M. (2009).The Future of Indigenous Knowledge Research in Development. Futures, 41:13-23.

Bell,S., Marzano, M., Cent,J., Kobierska, H., Podjed, D., Vandzinskaite, D., Reinert, H. Armaitiene, A., Grodzinska-Jurczak, M. & Muršic, R. (2008). What Counts? Volunteers and their Organisations in the Recording and Monitoring of Biodiversity” Biodiversity and Conservation 17(14):3443-3454.

Marzano, M.  (2006). Intercropping Science and Local Knowledge in Sri Lanka: Extension, Rubber and Farming. In P. Sillitoe (ed.) Local Science Versus Global Science. Oxford: Berghahn. pp155-174.

Marzano, M.  (2006). Changes in the Weather: A Sri Lanka Case Study. Anthropology in Action. 13(3):63-76.

Marzano, M., Carss, D.N. & Bell, S. (2006). Working to Make Interdisciplinarity Work: Investing in Communication and Interpersonal Relationships”, Journal of Agricultural Economics, 57(2)185-198.

Selected reports and popular articles

Dunn, M., Marzano, M. (2015) Red Squirrels United public attitudes survey summary report: Social acceptability of methods used to manage squirrels in the UK. A report for Red Squirrels United (HLF funded)
Quine, C.P., Marzano, M. et al. (2014) Social and Economic Analysis of Dothistroma Needle Blight. Project report for Defra TH0111.
Marzano, M. (Ed & Working Group chair). (2014). Working Group 3: Education and dissemination of information for pathway risk awareness and risk reduction. Final report for COST Action FP1002 PERMIT
Potter, C., Bayliss, H., Dandy, N., Marzano, M., Porth, E., MacLeod, A., Jones, G., Enticott, G., Maye, D. (2014) Mapping, Analysis and Improved Understanding of Stakeholders and Publics to Protect Tree Health. Final Report: Defra Project TH0104.

Marzano, M and Dandy, N. (2011). Disturbance of wildlife and the recreational use of forests: A literature review. Forest Research, UK.

Gardiner, B. Blennow,K., Carnus, J-M., Fleischer, P., Ingemarson, F., Landmann, G., Lindner, M., Marzano, M., Nicoll, B., Orazio, C., Peyron, J-L., Reviron, M-P., Schelhaas, M-J., Schuck, A., Spielmann, M. & Usbeck, T. (2010). Destructive Storms in European Forests: past and Forthcoming impacts. Report to DG Environment.

Marzano, M. (ed.) (2010). Stakeholder and Decision-Maker Interactions. Report for the MOTIVE project 226544.

O'Brien, L. & Marzano, M. (2010). Volunteering in Scotland's Forests. Preliminary report to Forestry Commision Scotland.

Edwards, D., Jay, M., Jensen F.S., Lucas, B., Marzano, M., Montagne, C., Peace, A. & Weiss, G., (2010). Public preferences for silvicultural attributes of European forests. EFORWOOD Deliverable D2.3.3. Forest Research, UK.

Edwards, D., Jay, M., Jensen, F.S., Lucas, B., Marzano, M., Montagne, C., Peace, A. & Weiss, G. (2010). Assessment of the recreational value of European forest management alternatives. EFORWOOD Deliverable D2.3.6, Forest Research, UK.

Schelhaas, Edwards, D., M-J., Didion, M., Hengeveld, G., Nabuurs, G-J., Mason, B., Lindner, M., Moiseyev, A., Jay, M., Jensen F.S., Lucas, B., Marzano, M., Montagne, C., Peace, A. & Weiss, G. (2010). Modelling the impacts of Forest Management Alternatives on recreational values in Europe. EFORWOOD Deliverable D2.3.7. Forest Research, UK.

Moseley, D. & Marzano, M. (2010).  Green Networks and People. Ecotype No 48. Forest Research.

Marzano, M. & Dandy, N. (2010). Human Dimensions of Species Management: A Scoping Study Report. Forest Research.

Marzano, M., Lawrence, A. & Ambrose-Oji, B. (2009). Social Research and the Forestry Commission: Perceptions and Applications. Forest Research. 

Marzano, M., Eycott, A. & Taylor, P. (2009). Defra Connectivity Indicator Phase 2. Work Package 3 – Delphi Analysis. Report to DEFRA.

Moseley, D & Marzano, M.  (2009). A Review of Research and Practice in the Analysis and Planning of Multi-Functional Green Networks. Forest Research.

Marzano, M. & Carss, D.N (eds.) (2008). Management Practices in a Complex Habitat Mosaic and at Local, Regional and National levels. INTERCAFE meeting report, South Bohemia, Czech Republic.

Bell, S., Marzano, M., Muršic, R., Armaitiene, A., Grodzinska-Jurczak, M., Cent, J., Kobierska, H., Podjed, D. & Vandzinskaite, D. (2007). Cross Cultural Recommendations for Operational Approaches in Participatory Monitoring Networks to Assess the 2010 Target. Report for EuMON 006463.

Marzano, M. & Carss, D.N. (eds.) (2007). "What To Do When the Cormorant Comes". INTERCAFE meeting report, Hanko, Finland.

Carss, D.N. & Marzano, M. (eds.) (2007). Extensive Aquaculture Systems and Relationships between Stakeholder Perspectives and Different Spatial and Institutional Levels. INTERCAFE meeting report, Po Delta, Italy.

Carss, D.N. & Marzano, M. (2006). REDCAFE-Reducing the Conflict between Cormorants and Fisheries on a pan-European Scale”. NAFAC Newsletter, Winter (4).

Carss, D.N. & Marzano, M. (2006). Case Study at the European level: INTERCAFE” In. Gilbert et al. Sobio (Social Science and Biodiversity) Why is it important? A guide for policy makers