I am an ecologist and conservation biologist interested in spatial analyses, remote sensing, and biodiversity science.
I earned a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. at the University of Turin (Italy), worked in the GIS team in Zion National Park (USA), and completed a Ph.D. and a post doc with Prof. Scott Nielsen at the University of Alberta (Canada). I recently started my second post doc with Prof. Lenore Fahrig, at Carleton University.
My research is interdisciplinary. I conducted behavioral experiments, studies of rare species, assessments of communities and biodiversity, landscape analyses, and species distribution models. Most of my studies focus on butterflies and vascular plants as model organisms.
Through time, I became interested in scaling patterns and hierarchy theory. This stimulated current interdisciplinary work at the intersection between landscape ecology, macroecology, remote sensing, and ecological theory. Moving forward, I am keen in understanding the different processes that determine biodiversity patterns at different scales and levels of biological organization.