Research Interest

I work at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL since May 2021 and I have been studying mainly interactions among birds, insects, and trees. My research focus is on forest ecosystems and the role of resource pulses in influencing interactions in ecological networks. I also focus on the interactions of invasive species in natural and anthropogenic environments. I make extensive use of population and community models, with frequentist or Bayesian inference.

I have 10+ year experience in biodiversity ecological research, of which I can summarise the main points here:

  1. Research on species distribution and habitat selection, using field methods or existing databases;
  2. Research on biodiversity responses to human activities, including but not limiting to forestry, pastoralism, and human disturbance in urban habitats and roads;
  3. Research on interactions among species, co-existence and co-occurrence patterns in ecological communities;
  4. Research on ecological modelling.

My network for collaborations includes: 1) Swiss Ornithological Institute (CH); 2) Department of Environmental Biology, Sapienza University of Rome (IT); 3) Department of Health and Environmental Sciences, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China; 4) the Department of Fish and Wildlife Sciences, University of Idaho; 5) Department of Earth and Life Sciences, University of Genoa (IT); 6) BIOPOLIS Program in Genomics, Biodiversity and Land Planning (PT); 7) Department of Marine Animal Conservation and Public Engagement Department, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (IT); 8) Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry, University of Padova (IT); 9) Environment and Climate Change Canada


  • 2021-present
    Post-Doc Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, CH
  • 2016-2020
    PhD, University of Freiburg, DE
  • 2012-2015
    Master in Environmental Biology, Sapienza University of Rome, IT


Past and present projects

  • 2023-ongoing
    Role of birds in biosecurity of urban trees and forests (“Urban birds”); Swiss National Science Foundation IZCOZ0_213381
  • 2021-ongoing
    COST Action Urban Tree Guard - Safeguarding European urban trees and forests through improved biosecurity (UB3Guard); CA20132
  • 2021-ongoing
    Effects of resource pulses caused by bark beetle outbreaks and other environmental factors on woodpecker populations; Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL
  • 2019-ongoing
    COST Action Biodiversity Of Temperate forest Taxa Orienting Management Sustainability by Unifying Perspectives (BOTTOMS-UP); CA18207
  • 2016-ongoing
    Research Training Group ‘Conservation of Forest Biodiversity in Multiple-Use Landscapes of Central Europe’ – ConFoBi; German Research Foundation GRK 2123
  • 2012-2015
    LIFE+ Managing forests for multiple purposes: carbon, biodiversity and socio-economic wellbeing - ManFor CBD; Life Environment Project LIFE09 ENV/IT/000078