Mission statement: “Connect - integrate - go further.”

I am a forest scientist and ecologist. I consider inventorying and monitoring of forests and natural resource as an essential tool for sustainable forest and environmental management. My research focus is on detecting changes in forest ecosystems, with emphasis on the influence of environmental drivers on forest health, productivity, and diversity. My primary interest is to ensure high quality data and information, connect different fields of the monitoring science, and promote integration across disciplines. This will help advancing our understanding of forest resources, their management and dynamics, and to better answer societal needs.


Researcher ID N-9057-2017

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I have got my degree in Forest Sciences at the University of Firenze (1986) and obtained my PhD from the University of Siena (2006). I obtained the Italian National Scientific Habilitation (ASN process) as Chair professor in Ecology (Sector 05/C1) and Chair professor in Science and Technology of Forest and Arboricultural Systems (Sector 07/B2) (2013).

Since 2017 I am the Head of Unit Forest Resources and Management at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL. Since 2017 I also serve as Chairman of the ICP Forests, a program established in 1985 under the UNECE Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (www.icp-forests.org).

Formerly, I served as co-ordinator of the IUFRO Working Group 7.04.01 “Detection, Monitoring and Evaluation) (2000-2006). I was Technical Director at TerraData environmetrics, Siena, Italy (2006-2016), Contract Professor at the University of Siena (2002-2010), Contract Researcher at the University of Firenze (1988-2007) and Project Manager at Linnaea ambiente, Firenze, Italy (1990-2005).

Most of my past work has been based on terrestrial measurements and data analysis of forest health, growth, diversity, and atmospheric chemistry on local (Italy, several regional programs, 1987-ongoing), national (Switzerland, 2017, ongoing; Italy, 1997-ongoing; France: 2009-2012), European (1988-ongoing) forest monitoring networks, with co-operation and contacts with North-America (Canada, USA: 2003 - ongoing) and east Asia (2009 - ongoing).

Editorial Activity

Editor for Scientific journals
Annals of Forest Science (two special issues); Elsevier Development in Environmental Sciences (one book); Environmental Pollution (one special section); Forest Ecology and Management (one special issue).

Editorial boards
Annals of Forest Science; iForests; Annals of Silvicultural Research.

Referee for scientific journals
Annals of Forest Science; Canadian Journal of Forest Research; Dendrochronologia; Ecosystem Management & Restoration; Environmental and Experimental Botany; Environmental Modelling and Software; Environmental Monitoring and Assessment; Environmental Pollution; Forest Ecology and Management; Global Change Biology; Journal of Vegetation Science; Methods in Ecology and Evolution; The Journal of Engineering Research; Tree Physiology; Water Air and Soil Pollution.