Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Leeds

About me

I am an environmental scientist at the School of Geography at the University of Leeds. My research falls within agro-ecology and I am interested in agri-environment schemes impact and uptake, insect and bird populations, and soil properties in sustainable management systems. I work with Guy Ziv and Pippa Chapman for the Resilient Dairy Landscape project to assess the changes in soil carbon stocks, hydrology, and biodiversity with hedgerow planting schemes in Cumbria, UK. Other projects I am involved with include BESTMAP and BioDAR.

For my PhD thesis, I worked with Les Firbank investigating the use of cover crops and green compost amendment in arable land and their impact on aboveground and belowground invertebrates and bird populations at the RSPB Hope Farm. I have a BSc in Natural Sciences from the University of Milan and a MRes in Biodiversity & Conservation at the University of Leeds.


  • Drivers of songbird territory density in the boundaries of a lowland arable farm
    Megan E. Tresise, Sofia Biffi, Rob H. Field, Les G. Firbank
    Acta Oecologica, Volume 111, 2021
  • Responses of benthic invertebrates to repeated hydropeaking in semi‐natural flume simulations
    MC Bruno, MJ Cashman, B Maiolini, S Biffi, G Zolezzi
    Ecohydrology 9 (1), 68-82, 2016
  • Epigeal fauna of urban food production sites show no obvious relationships with soil characteristics or site area
    S Biffi, CM De Souza, LG Firbank Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 286, 106677, 2019
  • Effects of repeated hydropeaking waves on benthic invertebrates: a flume study
    MC Bruno, S Biffi, MJ Cashman, B Maiolini
    10th International Symposium on Ecohydraulics, 2014
  • Is sustainable soil management good for farmland birds?
    S Biffi
    University of Leeds, 2020
  • Biodiversity Patterns in Agricultural Systems
    L Firbank, S Biffi
    Oxford Bibliographies, 2017
  • Drift induced by repeated hydropeaking waves in controlled conditions
    B Maiolini, MC Bruno, S Biffi, MJ Cashman
    EGU General Assembly Conference Abstracts, 6723, 2014