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Gianni Boris Pezzatti
Organisational unit Community Ecology
Insubric Ecosystems
Address Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
a Ramèl 18
6593 Cadenazzo

Room Ca RA 1 32
Contact Phone: +41 91 821 5232
Fax: +41 91 8215 239
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Curriculum vitae


Academic education

2012 PhD thesis at the Laboratory of Applied Ecology of the University of Naples Federico II (Dipartimento di Arboricoltura, Botanica e Patologia Vegetale, Facoltà di A:graria): Modeling plant biomass partitioning: responses to environmental conditions and disturbance (Prof. Dr. Stefano Mazzoleni)
1997 Degree in Natural Sciences at the ETHZ (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), Faculty of Environmental Sciences, specialization in Biology of terrestrial systems.

Professional and research experience

since 1998 Scientific fellow [20-100%]  at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL in Bellinzona: fire ecology, statistical analysis and data visualization, software development (databases, scientific applications,  desktop/web).
Collaborator [60%] at the private office of environmental consultancy Trifolium, Arogno: agro-ecological projects, landscape concepts, vegetation cartography, butterfly surveys.

Publications (ISI and peer reviewed)

Gehring E, Pezzatti GB, Krebs P, Mazzoleni S, Zappa M, Conedera M. 2016: The influence of site characteristics on the leaf-to-sapwood area relationship in chestnut trees (Castanea sativa Mill.)

Finerty GE; De Bello F; Bila K; Berg MP; Dias ATC; Pezzatti GB; Moretti M. 2016: Exotic or not, leaf trait dissimilarity modulates the effect of dominant species on mixed litter decomposition. J. Ecol. 104: 1400-1409.

Müller-Tautges C, Eichler A, Schwikowski M, Pezzatti GB, Conedera M, Hoffmann T. 2016: Historic records of organic compounds from a high Alpine glacier: influences of biomass burning, anthropogenic emissions, and dust transport. Atmos. Chem. Phys. 16:1029–1043

Conedera M, Tonini M, Oleggini L, Vega Orozco C, Leuenberger M, Pezzatti GB. 2015: Geospatial approach for defining the Wildland-Urban Interface in the Alpine environment. Comput. Environ. Urban Syst. 52: 10-20.

Krebs P, Stocker M, Pezzatti GB, Conedera M. 2015: An alternative approach to transverse and profile terrain curvature. International Journal of
Geographical Information Science, DOI: 10.1080/13658816.2014.995102

Gehring E, Pezzatti GB, Krebs P, Mazzoleni S, Conedera M. 2015:
On the applicability of the pipe model theory on the chestnut tree (Castanea sativa Mill.). Trees 29:321-332.

Conedera M, Tonini M, Oleggini L, Vega Orozco C, Leuenberger M, Pezzatti GB. 2015: Geospatial approach for defining the Wildland-Urban Interface in the Alpine environment. Computers Environment and Urban Systems 52:10-20.

De Angelis A, Ricotta C, Conedera M, Pezzatti GB. 2015: Modelling the meteorological forest fire niche in heterogeneous pyrologic conditions. PLoS ONE: February 13 2015:1-17.

Fernandes P, Loureiro C, Guiomar N, Pezzatti GB, Torres F, Lopes L. 2014 : The dynamics and drivers of fuel and fire in the Portuguese public forest. Journal of Environmental Management 146:373-382

Bílá K, Moretti M, de Bello F, Dias ATC, Pezzatti GB, Van Oosten AR and Berg MP. in press: Disentangling community functional components in a litter-macrodetritivore model system reveals the predominance of the mass ratio hypothesis. Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1002/ece3.941

Sattler T, Pezzatti GB, Nobis M, Obrist MK, Roth T, Moretti M. 2014: Selection of multiple umbrella species for functional and taxonomic diversity to represent urban biodiversity. Conservation Biology 28:414-426

Moreno MV, Conedera M, Chuvieco E and Pezzatti GB. 2014:
Fire regime changes and major driving forces in Spain from 1968 to 2010. Environ. Sci. Policy. 37:11-22.

Moretti M, De Bello F, Ibanez S, Fontana S, Pezzatti GB, Dziock F, Rixen C, Lavorel S. 2013: Linking traits between plants and invertebrate herbivores to track functional effects of land-use changes. J. Veg. Sci. 24: 949-962.

Mazzoleni S, Rego F, Giannino F, Vincenot CE, Pezzatti GB, Legg C. 2013: Chapter 14: Vegetation and Disturbance. Wainwright, J.; Mulligan, M. (eds.) Environmental modelling : finding simplicity in complexity. 2nd ed. Chichester, Wiley-Blackwell. 235-251

Pezzatti GB, Zumbrunnen T, Bürgi M, Ambrosetti P, Conedera M. 2013: Fire regime shifts as a consequence of fire policy and socio-economic development: An analysis based on the change point approach. Forest Policy and Economics. 29: 7-18. doi:10.1016/j.forpol.2011.07.002

Wastl C, Schunk C, Leuchner M, Pezzatti GB, Menzel A. 2012: Recent climate change: Long-term trends in meteorological forest fire danger in
the Alps. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 162–163: 1–13.

Maringer J Wohlgemuth T Neff C, Pezzatti GB, Conedera M. 2012: Post-fire spread of alien plant species in a mixed broad-leaved forest of the Insubric region. Flora 207: 19-29.

Bajocco S, Pezzatti GB, De Angelis A, Conedera M, Ricotta C. 2011: Bootstrapping wildfire selectivity for the forest types of Canton Ticino (Switzerland). Earth Interact. 15 Paper no.19 doi: 10.1175/2011EI387.1: 9 p.

Conedera M, Barthold F, Spinedi F, Ferrario F, Pezzatti GB. 2011: Siccità estiva e castagno. Un'ulteriore minaccia dagli estremi climatici? Sherwood 17  178: 16-21.

Conedera M, Torriani D, Neff C, Ricotta C, Bajocco S, Pezzatti GB. 2011: Using Monte Carlo simulations to estimate relative fire ignition danger in a low-to-medium fire-prone region. For. Ecol. Manage. 261: 2179-2187.

Zumbrunnen T, Pezzatti GB, Menéndez P, Bugmann H, Bürgi M, Conedera M. 2011: Weather and human impacts on forest fires: 100 years of fire history in two climatic regions of Switzerland. For. Ecol. Manage. 261: 2188-2199.

Pezzatti GB, Reinhard M, Conedera M. 2010: Swissfire: die neue schweizerische Waldbranddatenbank. Schweiz. Z. Forstwes. 161 12: 465-469.

Krebs P, Pezzatti GB, Mazzoleni S, Talbot L.M, Conedera M. 2010: Fire regime: history and definition of a key concept in disturbance ecology. Theory Biosci. 129: 53-69.

Bajocco S, Pezzatti GB, Mazzoleni S, Ricotta C. 2010: Wildfire seasonality and land use: when do wildfires prefer to burn? Environ. Monit. Assess. 164: 445-452.

Telesca L, Kanevski M, Tonini M, Pezzatti GB, Conedera M. 2010: Temporal patterns of fire sequences observed in canton of Ticino (southern Switzerland). Nat. Hazards Earth Syst. Sci. 10: 723-728.

Conedera M, Barthold F, Torriani D, Pezzatti GB. 2010: Drought Sensitivity of Castanea sativa: Case Study of Summer 2003 in the Southern Alps. Acta Hort 866: 297-302.

Pezzatti GB, Krebs P, Gehring E, Fedele G, Conedera M, Mazzoleni S, Monaco E, Giannino F. 2010: Using the Leaf Area/Sapwood Area (LA/SA) Relationship to Assess the Ecological Plasticity of the Chestnut Tree (Castanea sativa Mill.). Acta Hort 866: 103-109.

De Natale A, Pezzatti GB, Pollio A. 2009: Extending the temporal context of ethnobotanial databases: the case study of the Campania region (southern Italy). J. Ethnobiol. Ethnomed. 5:7 doi: 10.1186/1746-4269-5-7 18 S.

Pezzatti GB, Bajocco S, Torriani D, Conedera M. 2009: Selective burning of forest vegetation in Canton Ticino (southern Switzerland). Plant Biosyst. 143 3: 609-620.

Krivtsov V, Vigy O, Legg C, Curt T, Rigolot E, Lecomte I, Jappiot M, Lampin-Maillet C, Fernandes P, Pezzatti GB. 2009: Fuel modelling in terrestrial ecosystems: An overview in the context of the development of an object-orientated database for wild fire analysis. Ecol. Model. 220: 2915-2926.

Pezzatti GB, Irzan T, Cherix D. 1998:. Ants (Hymenoptera Formicidae) of Floreana: lost paradise? Noticias de Galapagos 59: 11–20.