Modeling spatio-temporal effect of environmental changes on biodiversity across taxa (plants and animals), trophic guilds, biomes, and type of stressors (natural disturbance; urbanization; management regime) seeking for relationships between biodiversity, community functional traits, and ecosystem functioning.
|2008||Research Associate, Numerical Ecology Lab, Montreal Univ., Quebec, CA|
|2004||Post-doc, School of GeoScience, University of Edinburgh, UK|
|2003||PhD, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH, Zurich, Switzerland|
|1991||Master in Biology, University of Zurich, Switzerland|
Postition and professional experiences
|2014-||Project leader at Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Birmensdorf-Zurich, Switzerland|
|2006-2013||Leader of the Insubric Ecosystems Research Group at the Community Ecology Unit, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Bellinzona, Switzerland|
|2002-2005||Research Associate, Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Bellinzona, Switzerland|
|1993-2001||Co-director of the Ecological Consulting Office Maddalena & Moretti Sagl., Gordevio, Switzerland|
|1992-2001||Leader of the Bat Conservation Trust Ticino (Switzerland)|
Research experience and ongoing projects
|2013-2016||COST Action FP1204 "GreeUrbs". Task leader of “"Tree species |
composition and characteristics" and "Urban biodiversity”.
|2013-2015||Project “Biodiversity in chestnut orchard in Southern Switzerland – Birds, Bats, Insects, Lichens, Vegetation. Synthesis and perspectives”, Forest Section Ct. TIcino, PI, CHF 30’000|
|2012-2013||Project “Animal Trait database”, WSL Project, PI, CHF 60’000|
|2012-2013||Project “Role of functional components of biodiversity in understanding soil processes in stressed ecosystems”, Sciex Program, PI, CHF 140’000|
|2011-2013||Project “BioDiVine-Biodiversity in vineyard ecosystems”, PI, Federal Office for the Environment, PI, CHF 100’000|
|2011-2013||Project “Biodiversity indicator of land-use processes and gradients (BIKORA)”, Federal Office for the Environment, Co-PI, CHF 180’000|
|2010-2012||Project “Effects of plant-herbivore functional diversity on grassland ecosystem function”, PI, CHF 140’000|
|2010-2011||Project “Urban Biodiversity”, Federal Office for the Environment, PI, CHF 100'000|
|2009-2012||Project CCES-ENHANCE, subproject “Connectivity in fragmented urban environment”, PI, CHF 180'000|
|2006-2010||EU project “FIRE PARADOX-An innovative and integrated approach to wildland fire management”, Subproject “Ecological effect of fire”, Co-PI, CHF 400'000|
|2005-2009||Project “BiodiverCity-Ecological and social value of urban nature: tools to identify, maintain and improve biodiversity and its acceptance in urban areas”, NRP 54, PI. CHF 360'000|
Master thesis project in Invasion Biology and Invasion Ecology
Are novel ecosystems dominated by exotic plant species changing biodiversity and their effect on key ecological processes? A collaborative study between WSL Cadenazzo, WSL Birmensdorf and University of Arhus, DK.
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Master thesis project 2019 in Conservation Biology and Urban Ecology
How does the connectivity and configuration of urban green spaces influence bird community assemblages and predation success? A collaborative study across six European cities.
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