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Dr. Andrea Ghermandi
Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Management
Faculty of Management
University of Haifa
199 Aba Khoushy Ave., Mount Carmel
Haifa 3498838
Tel: +972 4 828 8542

Professional Experience
Dr. Ghermandi is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at the Faculty of Management and a research fellow at the Natural Resource and Environmental Research Center at the University of Haifa in Israel. He is the academic head of the Global Green MBA program at the University of Haifa's Faculty of Management and a member of the Global Young Academy. In recent years, Dr. Ghermandi has participated to international initiatives such as The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), the Ocean Health Index, and the Ecosystem Service Partnership. He contributed to several European projects (MEDSEA, NEW-ED, KNOWSEAS, PRACTICE, CIRCE, MODELKEY) and other international research initiatives. He was a consultant for Conservation International Foundation and the World Wide Fund for Nature on the valuation and mapping of ecosystem goods and services. He received his Ph.D. in Analysis and Governance of Sustainable Development from the School for Advanced Studies in Venice Foundation at the University of Venice in 2008. He also holds two Master degrees in Water Resources Engineering and Environmental Engineering respectively from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven / Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Belgium) and University of Trento (Italy).

Research interests
Dr. Ghermandi’s scientific research focuses on the multi-disciplinary analysis and evaluation of the sustainability of environmental management practices. Among his principal research interests are: the technical and economic evaluation of technologies for water treatment, reuse and desalination such as constructed wetlands and solar membrane desalination; the economic valuation of the goods and services provided by freshwater, coastal and marine ecosystems; and the development of techniques for transferring and mapping ecosystem service values.
Publications (last three years)
1)    Canu, D., A. Ghermandi, P.A.L.D. Nunes, G. Cossarini, P. Lazzari, C. Solidoro (2015) Ecological-economics valuation of carbon sequestration ecosystem service in the Mediterranean Sea. Global Environmental Change (in press).
2)    Ghermandi, A. (2015) Benefits of coastal recreation in Europe: identifying trade-offs and priority regions for sustainable management. Journal of Environmental Management. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.01.047.
3)    Ghermandi, A., B. Galil, J. Gowdy, P.A.L.D. Nunes (2015) Jellyfish outbreak impacts on recreation in the Mediterranean Sea: Welfare estimates from a socio-economic pilot survey in Israel. Ecosystem Services. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.12.004.
4)    Rao, N.S., A. Ghermandi, R. Portela and X. Wang (2015) Global values of coastal ecosystem services: A spatial economic analysis of shoreline protection values. Ecosystem Services. doi:10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.11.011.
5)    Nunes, P.A.L.D., A. Ghermandi and L. Onofri (2014) Guidance Manual on Valuation and Accounting of Ecosystem Services for Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Valuation & Accounting of Natural Capital for Green Economy (VANTAGE) series, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), Nairobi.
6)    Camacho-Valdez, V., Ruiz-Luna, A., Ghermandi, A., Berlanga-Robles, C.A., Nunes, P.A.L.D. (2014) Effects of land use changes on the ecosystem service values of coastal wetlands. Environmental Management 54(4):852-864.
7)    Ghermandi, A., R. Messalem, R. Offenbach, S. Cohen (2014) An engineered oasis for solar desalination and dryland agriculture. Renewable Agriculture and Food Systems 29(3): 255-264.
8)    Ghermandi, A., P.A.L.D. Nunes (2014) The benefits of coastal recreation in Europe’s seas: an application of meta-analytical value transfer and GIS. In K.N. Ninan (ed.), Valuing Ecosystem Services-Methods and Applications. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham, UK, pp. 497-526.
9)    Nunes, P.A.L.D., and A. Ghermandi (2013) The economics of marine ecosystems: Reconciling conservation and use of coastal and marine systems and the underlying natural capital. Environmental and Resource Economics 56:459-465.
10) Kedem, O., A. Ghermandi, R. Messalem (2013) On the drying out of bipolar membranes. Membrane Water Treatment 4(3):215-222.
11) Ghermandi, A., H. Ding, P.A.L.D. Nunes (2013) The social dimension of biodiversity policy in the European Union: Valuing the benefits to vulnerable communities. Environmental Science and Policy 33:196-208.
12) Camacho-Valdez, V., A. Ruiz-Luna, A. Ghermandi, P.A.L.D. Nunes (2013) Valuation of ecosystem services provided by coastal wetlands in northwest Mexico. Ocean & Coastal Management 78:1-11.
13) Ghermandi, A. and P.A.L.D. Nunes (2013) A global map of coastal recreation values: Results from a spatially explicit meta-analysis. Ecological Economics 86:1-15.
14) Rodrigues, L., J.C.J.M. van den Bergh, A. Ghermandi (2013) Socio-economic impacts of ocean acidification in the Mediterranean Sea. Marine Policy 38:447-456.
15) Nunes, P.A.L.D. and A. Ghermandi (eds.) (2013) The Economics and Management of Coastal and Marine Ecosystems. Special issue in Environmental and Resource Economics 56.
16) de Groot, R.S., L. Brander, S. van der Ploeg, F. Bernard, L. Braat, M. Christie, R. Costanza, N. Crossman, A. Ghermandi, L. Hein, S. Hussain, P. Kumar, A. McVittie, R. Portela, L.C. Rodriguez, P. ten Brink (2012) Global estimates of the value of ecosystems and their services in monetary units. Ecosystem Services 1:50-61.
17) Olwig, R., T. Hirsch, C. Sattler, H. Glade, L. Schmeken, S. Will, A. Ghermandi, and R. Messalem (2012) Techno-economic analysis of combined concentrating solar power and desalination plant configurations in Israel and Jordan. Desalination and Water Treatment 41(1-3): 9-25.
18) Brander, L., I. Bräuer, H. Gerdes, A. Ghermandi, O. Kuik, A. Markandya, S. Navrud, P. Nunes, M. Schaafsma, H. Vos, and A. Wagtendonk (2012) Using meta-analysis and GIS for value transfer and scaling up: Valuing climate change induced losses of European wetlands. Environmental and Resource Economics 52:395-413.