Chair of the Academic Division of Environment, Math, Psychology and Health
Associate Professor, Biology and Environmental Sciences 

Ph.D. Montana State University, United States 
M.S. Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland

Office: Villa, North Campus, Loft  
Phone: +41 91 986 36 62

Dr. Della Croce joined Franklin University Switzerland in August 2013 and is currently Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Sciences. He teaches courses in Franklin University's Environmental Studies program, including core courses such as Introduction to Biology, Ecology and Freshwater Conservation. He has an M.S. in Environmental Sciences with a focus on the Biology of Aquatic Systems from the Swiss Institute of Technology in Zurich (Switzerland) and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from Montana State University in Bozeman (Montana, U.S.A). His scholarly work includes research on river-groundwater interactions, the use of river habitat by fish and the movement of non-native genes across river networks. His research interests include the use of simulation models in ecological studies, fish biology and fisheries management, groundwater ecology, ecology of invasive species and management and conservation of freshwater systems. Since 2015, Dr. Della Croce has also been actively involved in and conducts projects in river and lake restoration, riparian vegetation management, and fisheries management as a scientific consultant for the environmental consulting firm EcoEng SA.


2023-2024 Courses

BIO 102 Introduction to Biology: Cell and Animal FALL 2023
BIO 102L Laboratory to Introduction to Biology: Cell and Animal Biology FALL 2023
BIO 301W Conservation Biology FALL 2023
ENV 210 Natural Disasters, Catastrophes, and the Environment FALL 2023
BIO 101 Introduction to Biology: Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology SPRING 2024
BIO 101L Laboratory to Introduction to Biology: Genetics, Evolution, and Ecology SPRING 2024
ENV 232T Marine System Conservation SPRING 2024


McGuire, E. and Della Croce, P. (2017). An analysis of changes in the environmental content of Caldecott and Newbery medal winning children’s books, 1922-2016. International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 12(8), 1879-1894.

Della Croce, P., Poole, G. C., Payn, R. A., & Gresswell, R. E. (2017). Detecting Introgression in Fish Populations: When Sample Size actually matters. Fisheries, 42(1), 44-56.

Della Croce P., Poole, G. C., Luikart, G. (2016) Simplifying assumptions yield overconfidence in detecting and quantifying introgression in hybridized populations. Molecular Ecology Resources, 16, 1287–1302. doi:10.1111/1755-0998.12520

Hale, B. W., Della Croce, P. (2015). In everybody’s backyard? Examining the intersection of invasive species and environmental justice. Intervalla.

Della Croce, P., Poole, G. C., Payn, R. A., & Izurieta, C. (2014). Simulating the effects of stream network topology on the spread of introgressive hybridization across fish populations. Ecological Modelling, 279, 68-77.

Awards and Honors:

Swiss National Science Foundation Fellowship (2012-2013)

Western Division of the American Fisheries Society Student Travel Award (2010-2012)

Montana Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Resource Action Fund (2010)

Society for Freshwater Science (former North American Benthological Society) General Fund Award (2010)

Major applied projects:

Re-introduction of native Salmo cenerinus trout in selected streams in southern Ticino (Ticino, Switzerland), 2021 – ongoing

Restoration of lake shore area in Vico Morcote (Ticino, Switzerland), 2020 – ongoing

Assessment of river restoration effects through the analysis of macrozoobenthos (Jura, Switzerland), 2019 – ongoing  

Restoration of the river Sorne in Delémont (Jura, Switzerland), 2019

Restoration of a fish passage along the river Brenno (Ticino, Switzerland), 2019