Laura Airoldi is Associated Professor at the University of Bologna, Italy. She received a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of Genova, and carried out research in Italy, Australia, USA and UK. She has been a Fulbright Research Fellow at Stanford University, an ECCo Fellow at Wesleyan University, a LINKECOL Fellow at the Marine Biological Association UK. She serves the editorial Board of Marine Ecology Progress Series. She co-leads the eco-engineering workgroup within the World Harbour Project, is Regional Coordinator for the Mediterranean Sea in the global Kelp Ecosystem Ecology Network, and Coordinator and/or PI in (inter)national multidisciplinary projects on marine biodiversity conservation. She is recognised as one of the forerunners of the new field of marine urban ecology. Her research focuses on designing conservation and restoration strategies in increasingly urbanized marine coastal systems, including consideration of sustainable shoreline protection strategies, coastal and offshore “green” infrastructures and nature-based solutions, aiming to maximise environmental, societal and economic benefits.