Prof. Lorenzo Marini
I have a wide range of interests in applied ecology of plants and arthropods. I have been mainly working on landscape ecology in agricultural landscapes, invasion ecology of plants and insects, and global change biology in mountain areas.
My teaching activity at the University of Padova focuses on biodiversity and ecosystem services, landscape ecology, and applied entomology.
I am an associate editor for Journal of Applied Ecology and Basic and Applied Ecology.
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Andree Cappellari (research assistant)
I have always been a bug enthusiast. I studied Natural Sciences at Sapienza University of Rome, and for my MSc thesis I developed an interactive key for the identification of Italian bumblebees. I am interested in pollinators, in particular wild bees, biodiversity conservation and network analysis. My research focuses on plant-pollinator networks, both in natural and agricultural landscapes, and my main aim is to investigate how pollinator communities are shaped by abiotic and biotic drivers, such as mass flowering crops and the introduction of alien plant species.
Elena Gazzea (research assistant)
I have graduated with an MSc in Forest Science (University of Padova; Bangor University; Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences). My research interests lie within biodiversity and conservation biology, ecosystem dynamics, landscape and community ecology. I am currently working on plant-pollinator networks, focusing on the effects of mass flowering crops on pollinator communities in agricultural landscapes. I enjoy working in a dynamic group, where different perspectives may provide useful insights to current research topics.
Costanza Geppert (PhD student)
I have always been interested in the ecological and evolutionary forces shaping community structures and species' distributions. In my PhD research, I am studying which biotic and abiotic drivers are redefining the distribution and dynamics of native and non-native plants, with a special focus on rare and threatened species. I have a background in Ecology and Agroecology (Sapienza University of Rome, Goettingen University). My project is funded by the University of Padua (STARS consolidator grant, project BICE).
Davide Nardi (PhD student)
I am fascinated by arachnology, landscape ecology and GIS science. Currently, I am a PhD student trying to understand future trends of forest soil biodiversity (arthropods and fungi) after large-scale windstorm events. I am using a multidisciplinary approach including GIS science, landscape ecology, network analysis and DNA metabarcoding techniques. My project is funded by the Edmund Mach Foundation, University of Padua and CNR.
Completed PhD projects:
Completed PhD projects:
- Giacomo Santoiemma (now post-doc at the University of Padova)
- Diego Inclan (currently Director of the Biodiversity Institute of Ecuador)
- Giovanni Tamburini (now Academic Researcher at University of Bari)
- Ines Pevere (currently secondary school teacher)
- Francesco Lami (currently post-doc at the University of Udine)
- 2019-2020: Daria Corcos
- 2016: Giovanni Tamburini
- 2015: Matteo Dainese (now researcher at EURAC)
- 2015: Juri Nascimbene (now Academic Researcher at the Bologna University)