I am an ecologist interested in conservation science, landscape ecology, and biodiversity patterns in space and time.
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 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 work at the intersection between landscape and macroecology. I am especially keen in understanding how the importance of different processes that determine biodiversity patterns vary at different scales and levels of biological organization.