PROJECTS & RESEARCH
Ecological characterization of mountain Pinus nigra forests of the Eastearn Alps
Forest habitat conservation status using ferns
The recognition of the ecological quality of ecosystems and habitats therein is increasingly important in the Anthropocene. However, there are still scarcely explored ways of how and what to assess to obtain a sound ecological status of habitats. Ferns are an understudied plant group, especially given their usefulness as ecological indicators. Disentangling biotic and abiotic factors that drive fine-scale fern distribution could provide insight into the quality of their habitats.
Biodiversity in national parks: coupling scientific data with human perceptions
This interdisciplinary project combines expertise in Ecology with Social Anthropology. We aim at understanding what local people, tourists as well as stakeholders (e.g. park managers) in protected areas mean with the “Biodiversity” term and testing whether biodiversity varies in relation to the degree of protection.
Ecology, genetics and conservation of endemic plant species of the Eastern Alps
The aim of the project is to analyze the genetic variability of populations of the different endemic species and to assess the germination requirements in concert with environmental parameters of the sampled populations.
A biogeographical approach for nature conservation: plant community saturation across Italian forests
The aim of the project is to evaluate saturated and unsaturated zones in forest areas of Italy
Formalized classification of European Mediterranean and temperate pine forests
The aim of the project is to provide a classification of European Mediterranean and temperate pine forests based on a relevé dataset across Europe
Habitat and communities of Mediterranean pine coastal woodlands
The aim of the project is to disentangle the ecological features which drive above- and belowground communities of long-established coastal woodlands and to study innerdune habitats
Vegetation and floristic studies in Tuscany
The aim of this long-term project is to fill vegetation and floristic gaps of this territory
Scientific outcomes (selected)
Management of semi-natural grasslands
The aim of the project was to find the optimal management practices to conserve multiple biological groups