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Lorenzo Marini

I am an associate professor at the University of Padova with a strong focus on applied ecology in terrestrial ecosystems. My main research interests include the impact of global change on species, populations, and communities and the ecosystem services they provide. I work with a wide spectrum of taxonomic groups mainly including plants and insects. I often apply a multi-scale approach investigating processes at the local, landscape, and biogeographical scales.

Contact details:

University of Padova,
viale dell'Università
16, 35020, Legnaro (PD)-Italy

E-mail: lorenzo.mariniunipd.it
Tel.: +390498272807

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Main interests Return to the top

Impact of global change on biodiversity and ecosystem services

Semi-natural habitats are increasingly altered by agricultural transformation. My research interest in conservation biology lies in investigating the landscape ecology of insects and plants in managed landscapes. I am mainly interested in how land use, landscape structure, and conservation efforts affect plant and insect communities and the ecosystem services (pollination and biocontrol) they provide at multiple-spatial scales

Species-elevation relationship 

The abiotic and biotic gradients on mountains have enormous potential to improve our understanding of population dynamics, species distributions, and diversity patterns. I am using elevation gradients to investigate the processes driving native extinctions, alien invasions, and the associated diversity patterns of plants and insects. 

Global change and biological invasions

Biological invasions are gaining attention as a major threat to biodiversity and an important element of global change. My primary research interest in invasion biology relates to the understanding of the large-scale drivers of invasions of alien plants and insects, assessing the subsequent consequences for natural and managed ecosystems and developing tools to help prevention or management

Population dynamics of herbivores under climate change 

Climate change may have profound effects on insects that cause widespread tree mortality and have significant ecological and economic impacts on forest ecosystems. My goal is to improve our understanding of how climatic factors and density dependent feedbacks influence the risk of herbivore outbreaks.  

PhD & Post-docs Return to the top
On-going PhD project:
  • Francesco Lami
  • Costanza Geppert
Completed PhD projects:
  • Filippo Di Giovanni (co-advisor)
  • Giacomo Santoiemma
  • Daria Corcos (main advisor with Alessio De Biase)
  • Diego Inclan (currently Director of the Biodiversity Institute of Ecuador)
  • Giovanni Tamburini (now post-doc at Freiburg)
  • Ines Pevere (currently secondary school teacher)
  • Davide Rassati (co-advisor)
  • 2018-2020: Daria Corcos (on-going)
  • 2016: Giovanni Tamburini (now post-doc at Freiburg)
  • 2015: Matteo Dainese (now researcher at EURAC)
  • 2015: Juri Nascimbene (now Acedemic Researcher at Bologna University)
Publications Return to the top
Peer-reviewed ISI papers or book chapters since 2007:

*Student or post-doc's work under my supervision

  • Tamburini G.*, Bommarco R., Kleijn D., van der Putten W.H., Marini L. (2019) Pollination contribution to crop yield is often context-dependent: A review of experimental evidences. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 280, 16-23
  • Martin, E. A., Dainese, M., Clough, Y., Báldi, A., Bommarco, R., Gagic, V., ... & Steffan-Dewenter, I. (2019). The interplay of landscape composition and configuration: new pathways to manage functional biodiversity and agroecosystem services across Europe. Ecology letters
  • Santoiemma G.*, Tamburini G.*, Mori N., Marini L. (2019) Landscape composition predicts distribution of Philaenus spumarius, vector of Xylella fastidiosa, in olive groves. Journal of Pest Science 92, 1101-1109
  • Access the recommendation on F1000PrimeMarini L., Bartomeus I., Rader R., Lami F.* (2019) Species-habitat networks: A tool to improve landscape management for conservation. Journal of Applied Ecology 56, 923-928
  • Della Longa, G., Boscutti, F., Marini, L., & Alberti, G. (2019). Coppicing and plant diversity in a lowland wood remnant in North–East Italy. Plant Biosystems, 1-8
  • Nascimbene, J., Benesperi, R., Giordani, P., Grube, M., Marini, L., Vallese, C., & Mayrhofer, H. (2019). Could Hair-Lichens of High-Elevation Forests Help Detect the Impact of Global Change in the Alps? Diversity, 11(3), 45
  • Salman, M.H., Bonsignore, C.P., El Fels, M.A.E.A., Giomi, F., Hodar, J.A., Laparie, M., Marini L. & Battisti, A. (2019). Winter temperature predicts prolonged diapause in pine processionary moth across its geographic range (No. e27403v1). PeerJ
  • Corcos, D.*, Cerretti, P., Caruso, V., Mei, M., Falco, M., & Marini, L. (2019). Impact of urbanization on predator and parasitoid insects at multiple spatial scales. PloS one, 14(4), e0214068
  • Cavaletto G.*, Mazzon L., Faccoli M., Marini L. (2019) Habitat loss and alien tree invasion reduce defoliation intensity of an eruptive forest pest. Forest Ecology and Management 433, 497-503
  • Santoiemma G.*, Trivellato F.*, Caloi V.*, Mori N., Marini L. (2019) Habitat preference of Drosophila suzukii across heterogeneous landscapes. Journal of Pest Science 92, 485-492
  • Santoiemma G.*, Fioretto D.*, Corcos D.*, Mori N., Marini L. (2019) Spatial synchrony in Drosophila suzukii population dynamics along elevational gradients. Ecological Entomology 44, 182-189
  • Karp D.H. ... (in press) Crop pests and predators exhibit inconsistent responses to surrounding landscape composition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 115, E7863-E7870
  • Tamburini G.*, Dani E.*, Bommarco R., Marini L. (2018) Effect of insect herbivory on plant community dynamics under contrasting water availability levels. Journal of Ecology 106, 1819-1828
  • Corcos D.*, Cerretti P., Mei M., Vigna Taglianti A., Paniccia D., Santoiemma G., De Biase A., Marini L. (2018) Predator and parasitoid insects along elevational gradients: Role of temperature and habitat diversity. Oecologia 188, 193-202
  • Tonina L. *, Mori N., Sancassani M., Marini L. (2018) Spillover of Drosophila suzukii between non-crop and crop areas: Implications for pest management. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 20, 575-581
  • Gheza G., Assini S., Marini L., Nascimbene J. (2018) Impact of an invasive herbivore and human trampling on lichen-rich dry grasslands: Soil-dependent response of multiple taxa. Science of the Total Environment
  • Rassati D., Marini L., Marchioro M., Rapuzzi P., Magnani G., Poloni R., Di Giovanni F., Mayo P., Sweeney J. (2018) Developing trapping protocols for wood-boring beetles associated with broadleaf trees. Journal of Pest Science
  • Tamburini G.*, Van Gils, S., Van Der Putten W., Marini L. (2018) Soil organic carbon modifies nitrogen and drought effect on aphid performance. Basic and Applied Ecology 30, 23-31.
  • Cavaletto G., Faccoli M., Marini L., Martinez-Sanudo I., Mazzon L. (2018) Oviposition site preference of Barbitistes vicetinus (Orthoptera, Tettigoniidae) during outbreaks. Agricultural and Forest Entomology 20, 414-420
  • Santoiemma G.*, Mori N., Tonina L., Marini L. (2018) Semi-natural habitats boost Drosophila suzukii populations and crop damage in sweet cherry. Agriculture, Ecosystems and the Environment 257, 152-158
  • Boscutti F.*, De Simone S.*, Sigura M., Marini L. (2018) Exotic plant invasion in agricultural landscapes: a matter of dispersal mode and disturbance intensity. Applied Vegetation Science 21, 250-257
  • Marini L., Zalucki M.P. (2017) Density-dependence in the declining population of the Monarch butterfly. Scientific Reports 7, 13957 
  • Dainese M.*, Aikio S., Hulme P.E., Bertolli A., Prosser F., Marini L. (2017) Human disturbance and upward expansion of plants in a warming climate. Nature Climate Change 7, 577-580 [New Scientist, NZHerald...]
  • Tamburini G.*, Lami F., Marini L. (2017) Pollination benefits are maximized at intermediate nutrient levelsProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 284, 20171860
  • Gagic V., Kleijn D., Báldi A., Boros G. , Bracht Jorgensen H., Elek Z., Garratt M., De Groot A., Hedlund K., Kovács-Hostyánszki A., Marini L., Martin E., Pevere I., Potts S., Redlich S., Senapathi D., Steffan-Dewenter I., Świtek S., Smith H., Takács V., Tryjanowski P., van der Putten W., van Gils S., Bommarco R. (2017) Combined effects of agrochemicals and ecosystem services on crop yield across Europe. Ecology Letters 20, 1427-1436.
  • Corcos D.* , Inclán D.J.* ,Cerretti P., Mei M., Di Giovanni F.,  Birtele D.,  Rosa P.,  De Biase A., Audisio P. , Marini L. (2017) Environmental heterogeneity effect on insect natural enemies varies across spatial scales and seasons: A multi-taxon approach. Insect Conservatrion and Diversity 10, 462-471
  • Marini L., Økland B., Jönsson A.M., Bentz B., Carroll A., Forster B., Grégoire J.-C., Hurling R., Nageleisen L.M., Netherer S., Weed A., Schroeder M. (2017) Climate drives bark beetle outbreak dynamics in Norway spruce forests. Ecography 40, 1426-1435
  • van Gils S., Tamburini G., Marini L., Biere A., van Agtmaal M, Tyc O., Kos M., Soler R., Kleijn D., van der Putten W.H. (in press) Soil pathogen-aphid interactions under differences in soil organic matter and mineral fertilizer. PLosOne 12.8, e0179695
  • Access the recommendation on F1000Prime Dainese M.*, Isaac N.J.B., Powney G., Bommarco R., Öckinger E., Kuussaari M., Pöyry J., Benton T.G., Gabriel D., Hodgson J.A., Kunin W.E., Lindborg R., Sait M.S., Marini L. (2017) Landscape simplification weakens the association between terrestrial producer and consumer diversity in Europe. Global Change Biology 23, 3040-3051
  • Borgström P., Strengbom J., Marini L., Viketoft M., Bommarco, R. (2017) Above- and below-ground insect herbivory modifies the response of a grassland plant community to nitrogen eutrophication. Ecology 98, 545-554
  • Tamburini G.*, De Simone S., Sigura M., Boscutti F., Marini L. (2016) Soil management shapes ecosystem service provision and trade-offs in agricultural landscapes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 283, 20161369
  • Jerrentrup J.S.*, Klimek S., Marchiori E., Bittante G., Ramanzin M., Sturaro E., Marini L. (2016) Impact of dairy farming on butterfly diversity in Alpine summer pastures. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 232, 38-45
  • Dainese M.*, Montecchiari S.*, Sitzia T., Sigura M., Marini L. (2016) High cover of hedgerows in the landscape supports multiple ecosystem services in Mediterranean cereal fields. Journal of Applied Ecology 54, 380-388
  • Rassati D.*, Faccoli M., Haack R.A., Rabaglia R.J., Petrucco-Toffolo E., Battisti A., Marini L. (in press) Bark and ambrosia beetles show different invasion patterns in the USA. PlosOne
  • Tamburini G.*, Pevere I.*, Fornasini N., De Simone S., Sigura M., Marini L. (2016) Conservation tillage reduces the negative impact of urbanization on carabid communities. Insect Conservation and Diversity 9, 435-445
  • Rassati D.*, Faccoli M., Battisti A., Marini L. (2016) Habitat and climatic preferences drive invasions of non-native ambrosia beetle in deciduous temperate forests. Biological Invasions 18, 2809-2821
  • Nascimbene J.*, Zottini M., Casagrande V., Ivan D., Marini L. (2016) Do vineyards in contrasting landscapes contribute to conserve plant species of dry calcareous grasslands? Science of the Total Environment 545,  244-249
  • Tamburini G.*, Berti A., Morari F., Marini L. (2016) Degradation of soil fertility can cancel pollination benefits in sunflower. Oecologia 180, 581-587
  • Tamburini G.*, De Simone S.*, Sigura M., Boscutti F., Marini L. (2016) Conservation tillage mitigates the negative effect of landscape simplification on biological control. Journal of Applied Ecology 53, 233-241
  • Inclán D.J.*, Dainese M., Cerretti P., Paniccia D., Marini L. (2016) Spillover of tachinids and hoverflies from different field margins. Basic and Applied Ecology 17, 33
  • Økland B., Netherer S., Marini, L. (2015) The Eurasian spruce bark beetle – role of climate. In: Björkman C. & Niemelä P. (eds.), Climate Change and Insect Pests. CABI.
  • Marini L., Baseggio A., Drago A., Martini S., Manella P., Romi R., Mazzon L. (2015) Efficacy of two common methods of application of residual insecticide for controlling the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) in urban areas. PLoS ONE e0134831
  • Inclán D.J.*, Cerretti P., Marini L. (2015) Landscape composition affects parasitoid spillover. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 208, 48-54
  • Inclán D.J.*, Cerretti P., Gabriel D., Benton T.G., Sait S.M., Kunin W.E., Gillespie M.A.K., Marini L. (2015) Organic farming enhances parasitoid diversity at the local and landscape scale. Journal of Applied Ecology 52, 1102-1109
  • Marini L., Tamburini G., Petrucco-Toffolo E., Lindström S.A.M., Mosca G., Zanetti F., Bommarco R. (2015) Crop management modifies the benefits of insect pollination in oilseed rape. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 207, 61-65
  • Nascimbene J.*, Marini L. (2015) Epiphytic lichen diversity along elevational gradients: biological traits reveal a complex response to water and energy. Journal of Biogeography 42, 1222-1232
  • Dainese M.*, Inclan D.J.*, Sitzia T., Marini L. (2015) Scale-dependent effects of semi-natural habitats on farmland biodiversity. Ecological Applications 25, 1681-1690
  • Rassati D., Faccoli M., Marini L., Battisti A., Petrucco-Toffolo E. (2015) Exploring the role of wood waste landfills in early detection of non-native wood-boring beetles. Journal of Pest Science 1-10
  • Winsa M., Bommarco R., Lindborg R., Marini L., Öckinger E. (2015) Recovery of plant diversity in restored semi-natural pastures depends on adjacent land use. Applied Vegetation Science 18, 413-422
  • Di Giovanni F.*, Cerretti P.-F., Mason F., Minari E., Marini L. (2015) Vertical stratification of ichneumonid wasp communities: the effects of forest structure and life-history traits. Insect Science 5, 688-699
  • Rassati D.*, Faccoli M., Petrucco-Toffolo E., Battisti A., Marini L. (2015) Improving the early detection of alien wood-boring beetles in ports and surrounding forests. Journal of Applied Ecology 52, 50-58. [The paper is featured in Nature (Vol. 513, Number 7519) in the Research Highlights section]
  • Villari C.*, Battisti A., Bonello P., Faccoli M., Marini L. (2014) Testing phenotypic trade-offs in the chemical defence strategy of Scots pine under growth-limiting field conditions. Tree Physiology [see Commentary by Sampedro Tree Physiology 2014] 34,919-930
  • Ekroos J., Clough Y., Báldi A., Batáry P., Bommarco R., Gross N., Holzschuh A., Hopfenmüller S., Knop E., Kuussaari M., Lindborg R., Marini L., Öckinger E., Potts S.G., Pöyry J., Roberts S.P.M., Steffan-Dewenter I., Smith H.G. (2014) Density of insect-pollinated grassland plants decreases with increasing surrounding land-use intensity. Ecology Letters 17, 1168-1177
  • Marini L., Öckinger E., Bergman K.-O., Jauker B., Krauss J., Kuussaari M., Poyry J., Smith H.G., Steffan-Dewenter I., Bommarco R. (2014) Contrasting effects of habitat area and connectivity on evenness of pollinator communities. Ecography 37, 544-551
  • Inclán D.J.*, Cerretti P.F., Marini L. (2014) Interactive effects of area and connectivity on the diversity of tachinid parasitoids in highly fragmented landscapes. Landscape Ecology 29, 879-889
  • Chinellato F., Faccoli M., Marini L., Battisti A. (2014) Distribution of Norway spruce bark and wood boring beetles along Alpine elevational gradients. Agricultural and Forest Entomology  16, 11-118
  • Bommarco R., Lindborg R., Marini L., Öckinger E. (2014) Extinction debt for plants and flower-visiting insects in fragmented grasslands. Diversity and Distributions 20, 591-599
  • Tamburini G.^, Marini L.^, Hellrigl K., Salvadori C., Battisti A. (2013) Effects of climate and density-dependent factors on population dynamics of the pine processionary moth in the Southern Alps. Climatic Change 121, 701-712 [^Equally contributed]
  • Marini L., Lindelöw Å., Jönsson A.M., Wulff S., Schroeder M.L. (2013) Population dynamics of the spruce bark beetle: A long-term studyOikos 122, 1768-1776
  • Battisti, A., Marini L., Pitacco A., Larsson S. (2013) Solar radiation directly affects larval performance of a forest insect. Ecological Entomology 38, 553-559
  • Nascimbene J., Marini L., Ivan D., Zottini M. (2013) Management intensity and topography determined plant diversity in vineyards. PlosOne 8, e76167
  • Sitzia T., Trentanovi G., Marini L., Cattaneo D., Semenzato P. (2013) Assessment of hedge stand types as determinants of woody species richness in rural field margins. iForest-Biogeosciences and Forestry 6, 201-208
  • Marini L., Bertolli A., Bona E., Federici G., Martini F., Prosser F., Bommarco R. (2013) Beta-diversity patterns elucidate mechanisms of alien plant invasion in mountains. Global Ecology and Biogeography 22, 450-460
  • Nascimbene J., Marini L., Ódor P. (2012) Drivers at multiple spatial scales determine lichen diversity in temperate forests. Plant Ecology and Diversity 5, 355-365
  • Chiari S., Marini L., Audisio P., Ranius T. (2012) Habitat of an endangered saproxylic beetle, Osmoderma eremita, in Mediterranean woodlands. Écoscience 19, 299-307
  • Marini L., Quaranta M., Fontana P., Biesmeijer J.B., Bommarco R. (2012) Landscape context and elevation affect wild bee communities in intensive apple orchards. Basic and Applied Ecology 13, 681-689
  • Merckx T., Marini L., Feber R., Macdonald D. (2012) Hedgerow trees and extended-width field margins enhance macro-moth diversity: Implications for management. Journal of Applied Ecology 49, 1396-1404 [cover paper]
  • Marini L., Ayres M.P., Battisti A., Faccoli M. (2012) Climate affects severity and altitudinal distribution of outbreaks in an eruptive bark beetle. Climatic Change 115, 327-341 [Press release from Springer]
  • Nascimbene J., Marini L., Paoletti M. (2012) Organic farming benefits local plant diversity in vineyard farms located in intensive agricultural landscapes. Environmental Management 49, 1054-1060
  • Marini L., Bruun H.H., Heikkinen R.K., Helm A., Honnay O., Krauss J., Kühn I., Lindborg R., Pärtel M., Bommarco R. (2012) Traits related to species persistence and dispersal explain changes in plant communities subjected to habitat loss. Diversity & Distributions 18, 898-908 
  • Bommarco R., Marini L., Vaissière B. (2012) Insect pollination enhances seed yield, quality and market value in oil seed rape. Oecologia 169, 1025-1032
  • Marini L., Battisti A., Bona E., Federici G., Martini F., Pautasso M., Hulme P.E. (2012) Alien and native plant life-forms respond differently to human and climate pressures. Global Ecology & Biogeography 21, 534-544
  • Marini L., Öckinger E., Battisti A., Bommarco R. (2012) High mobility reduces beta-diversity among orthopteran communities – Implications for conservation. Insect Conservation & Diversity 5, 37-45 
  • Marini L.,  Nascimbene J., Nimis P.L. (2011) Large-scale patterns of epiphytic lichen species richness: photobiont-dependent response to climate and forest structure. Science of the Total Environment 409, 4381-4386
  • Marini L., Haack R.A., Rabaglia R.J., Petrucco Toffolo E., Battisti A., Faccoli M. (2011) Exploring associations between international trade and environmental factors with establishment patterns of exotic Scolytinae. Biological Invasions 13, 2275-2288
  • Marini L., Klimek S., Battisti A. (2011) Mitigating the impacts of the decline of traditional farming on mountain landscapes and biodiversity: A case study in the European Alps. Environmental Science & Policy 14, 258-267 
  • Marini L., Bona E., Kunin W.E., Gaston K.J. (2011) Exploring anthropogenic and natural processes shaping fern species richness along elevational gradients. Journal of Biogeography 38, 78-88
  • Dallimer M., Marini L., Skinner A.M.J., Hanley N., Armsworth P.R., Gaston K.J. (2010) Agricultural land-use in the surrounding landscape affects moorland bird diversity. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment  139, 578-583
  • Marini L., Bommarco R., Fontana P., Battisti A. (2010) Disentangling area and habitat diversity effects on orthopteran species with contrasting mobility. Biological Conservation 143, 2164-2171 
  • Nascimbene J.^, Marini L.^ (2010) Oak forest exploitation and black locust invasion caused severe shifts in epiphytic lichen communities. Science of the Total Environment 408, 5506-5512 [^Contributed equally]
  • Nascimbene J., Marini L., Nimis P.L. (2010) Epiphytic lichen diversity in old-growth and managed Picea abies stands in Alpine spruce forests. Forest Ecology & Management 260, 603-609
  • Nascimbene J., Marini L., Bacaro G., Nimis P.L. (2010) Effect of reduction in sampling effort for monitoring epiphytic lichen diversity in forests. Community Ecology 11, 250-256
  • Pecher C., Fritz S., Marini L., Fontaneto D., Pautasso M. (2010) Scale-dependence of the correlation between human population and the species richness of stream macro-invertebrates. Basic & Applied Ecology 11, 272-280
  • Barbosa A.M., Fontaneto D., Marini L., Pautasso M. (2010) Positive regional species–people correlations: a sampling artefact or a key issue for sustainable development? Animal Conservation 13, 446-447
  • Barbosa A.M., Fontaneto D., Marini L., Pautasso M. (2010) Is human population a large-scale indicator of the species richness of ground beetles? Animal Conservation 13, 432-441 (feature paper)
  • Smart S.M., Scott W.A., Whittaker J., Hill M.O., Roy D.B., Critchley C.N., Marini L., Evans C., Emmett B.A., Rowe E.C., Crowe A., Le Duc M., Marrs R.H. (2010) Empirical realized niche models for British higher and lower plants – Development and preliminary testing. Journal of Vegetation Science 21, 643-656
  • Cantarello E., Steck C.E., Fontana P., Fontaneto D., Marini L., Pautasso M. (2010) A multi-scale study of Orthoptera species richness and human population size controlling for sampling effort. Naturwissenschaften 97, 265–271
  • Marini L., Gaston K.J., Prosser F., Hulme P.E. (2009) Contrasting response of native and alien plant species richness to environmental energy and human impact along Alpine elevation gradients. Global Ecology & Biogeography 18, 652–661
  • Marini L., Fontana P., Battisti A., Gaston K.J. (2009) Agricultural management, vegetation traits and landscape drive orthopteran and butterfly diversity in a grassland–forest mosaic: a multi-scale approach. Insect Conservation & Diversity 2, 213-220
  • Marini L., Fontana P., Battisti A., Gaston K.J. (2009) Response of orthopteran diversity to abandonment of semi-natural meadows. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 132, 232-236
  • Marini L., Fontana P., Klimek S., Battisti A., Gaston K.J. (2009) Impact of farm size and topography on plant and insect diversity of managed grasslands in the Alps. Biological Conservation 142, 394-403
  • Braschler B.^, Marini L.^, Thommen G.H., Baur B. (2009) Effects of small-scale grassland fragmentation and frequent mowing on population density and species diversity of orthopterans – A long-term study. Ecological Entomology 34, 321-329 [^Contributed equally]
  • Nascimbene J., Marini L., Motta R., Nimis P.L. (2009) Influence of tree age, tree size and crown structure on lichen communities in mature Alpine spruce forests. Biodiversity & Conservation 18, 1509-1522
  • Nascimbene J., Marini L., Nimis P.L. (2009) Influence of tree species on epiphytic lichens in mixed Abies alba-Fagus sylvatica forests in the Alps. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 39, 785-791
  • Nascimbene J., Thüs H., Marini L., Nimis P.L. (2009) Early colonization of stone by freshwater lichens of restored habitats: a case study in northern Italy. Science of the Total Environment 407, 5001-5006
  • Marini L., Prosser F., Klimek S., Marrs R.H. (2008) Water–energy, land-cover, and heterogeneity drivers of the distribution of plant species richness in a mountain region of the European Alps. Journal of Biogeography 35, 1826-1839
  • Marini L., Scotton M., Klimek S., Pecile A. (2008) Patterns of plant species richness in Alpine hay meadows: Local vs. landscape controls. Basic & Applied Ecology 9, 365-372
  • Marini L., Fontana P., Scotton M., Klimek S. (2008) Vascular plant and Orthoptera diversity in relation to grassland management and landscape composition in the European Alps. Journal of Applied Ecology 45, 361-370
  • Marini L., Nascimbene J., Scotton M., Klimek S. (2008) Hydrochemistry, water table depth, and related distribution patterns of vascular plants in a mixed mire. Plant Biosystems 142, 79-86
  • Klimek S., Marini L., Hofmann M., Isselstein J. (2008) Additive partitioning of plant diversity with respect to management regime, fertilisation, and abiotic factors. Basic & Applied Ecology 9, 626-634
  • Nascimbene J., Marini L., Carrer M., Motta R., Nimis P.L. (2008) Influences of tree age and crown structure on the macrolichen Letharia vulpina: a case study in the Italian Alps. Écoscience 15, 423-428
  • Nascimbene J., Marini L., Cester D., Caniglia G., Nimis P.L. (2008) Lichen diversity on stumps in relation to wood decay in subalpine forests. Biodiversity & Conservation 17, 2661-2670
  • Nascimbene J., Marini L., Motta R., Nimis P.L. (2008) Lichen diversity of coarse woody habitats in a Pinus-Larix stand in the Italian Alps. Lichenologist 40, 153-163
  • Nascimbene J., Marini L., Nimis P.L. (2008) Epiphytic lichens in a riparian Natural Reserve of Northern Italy: species richness, composition, and conservation. Plant Biosystems 142, 94-98
  • Marini L., Scotton M., Klimek S., Isselstein J., Pecile A. (2007) Effects of local factors on plant species richness and composition of Alpine meadows. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 119, 281-288
  • Nascimbene J., Marini L., Nimis P.L. (2007) Influence of forest management on epiphytic lichens in a temperate beech forest of the northern Italy. Forest Ecology & Management 247, 43-47
  • Nascimbene, J., Nimis, P.L., Marini, L. (2007) Testing indicators of epiphytic lichen diversity: a case study in N Italy. Biodiversity & Conservation 16, 3377-3383
  • Nascimbene J., Thüs H., Marini L., Nims P.L. (2007) Freshwater lichens in springs of the eastern Italian Alps: floristics, ecology and potential for bioindication. Annales de Limnologie - International Journal of Limnology 43, 285-292 
  • Nascimbene J., Isocrono D., Marini L., Caniglia G., Piervittori R. (2006) Epiphytic lichen vegetation on Larix in the Italian Alps. Plant Biosystems 140, 132-13
Ongoing projects Return to the top

BICE - Global change, Biotic Interactions, and plant invasions in Cold Environments (2018-2020)

Plant communities inhabiting cold environments are highly dynamics and both native and exotic species are currently shifting their range upwards in response to global change. Most of previous studies on exotic plant invasion have ignored the potential role of biotic interactions in driving species community dynamics. The ambition of the project is to examine simultaneously causes and consequences of invasive exotic plants under a warming climate and a changing environment. Such an approach linking biotic interactions and global change to plant invasions in dynamic nature is unprecedented, providing crucial information for understanding the future of Alpine biodiversity under different global change scenarios

STARS 2017-consolidator grant: 134,100 €

Completed projects Return to the top
LIBERATION (LInking farmland Biodiversity to Ecosystem seRvices for effective eco-functional intensificATION) (2013-2016)
The potential impact of climate change on tree mortality caused by eruptive bark beetles (2012-2013)
BACCARA (Biodiversity And Climate Change: A Risk Analysis) (2009-2012)
SCALES (Securing the Conservation of biodiversity across Administrative Level, and spatial, temporal, and Ecological Scales)(2011)
-Role: post-doc at SLU (Riccardo Bommarco)

ACE-SAP (Alpine ecosystems in a Changing Environment: biodiversity Sensitivity and Adaptive Potential)  (2009-2011)
-Role: WP leader (Museo di Rovereto)
PRATIQUE (Enhancements of Pest Risk Analysis Techniques) (2009-2011) - FP7 EU project - International
-Role: post-doc at University of Padova (Andrea Battisti)
Management Tools for Biodiversty Conservation in Alpine Agro-ecosystems (2007-2009) - Cassa di Risparmio Trento e Rovereto - Regional
-Role: PI
-Biostatistical Analysis Using R (2008-2012)-PhD level
-Statistica Applicata (2012-2014)-Bachelor level
-Biodiversità e Servizi Ecosistemici (2012-)-Master level
-Biodiversity and Ecosystem Serivices in Forest (2014-)-
Master level
-Management of native and non-native pests in the landscape (2018-)-Master level
Curriculum vitae
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Lorenzo Marini (born in 1979)

2003. Degree in Forest and Environmental Sciences
2007. Doctorate in Environmental Agronomy
Academic position
2007-2009. Independent research fellow at the University of Padova (self-financed project through a scholarship for innovative young researchers)
2009-2011. Post-doc fellow at the University of Padova
2011. Post-doc fellow at the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences
Permantent position as Academic Researcher at the University of Padova
Associate Editor
Journal of Applied Ecology (2015-)-Wiley
Basic and Applied Ecology (2013-)-Elsevier
Diversity (2008-)-MDPI
Extra-mural funding
3,000€ - Fondazione Aldo Gini (2005-2006)
50,000€ - Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Trento e Rovereto (2007-2009)
4,000€ - Museo Civico di Rovereto (ACE-SAP) (2010-2011)
8,000€ - Regione Friuli-Venezia Giulia - Bioprogramm s.c. (2010-2011)
15,000€ - Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences (SE) (2012)
221,000€ - European Commission - FP7 (2013-2016)
Visiting fellow
2005-2006. Six months at the University of Goettingen (D)
2007. Four months at the Applied Vegetation Dynamics Laboratory, University of Liverpool (UK)
2008. Four months at the BIOME research group, University of Sheffield (UK)
2009. Three months at the University of Leeds (UK)
Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences (SE)
Reviewer activity in international peer-reviewed journals (in alphabetical order)
Acta Oecologica; African Journal of Agricultural Research; Agricultural and Forest Entomology; Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment; Arctic, Antarctic, & Alpine Research; Biodiversity & Conservation; Biological Conservation; Biological Invasions; BMC Evolutionary Biology; Canadian Journal of Forest Research; Climatic Change; Community Ecology; Conservation Letters; Diversity; Diversity & Distributions; Ecography; Ecological Entomology; Ecological Indicators; Ecology; Ecology Letters; Entomologia; Environmental Earth Sciences; Environmental Management; Environmental Monitoring & Assessment; Environmental Pollution; Folia Geobotanica; Forest Ecology & Management; Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment; Global Change Biology; Global Ecology & Biogeography; Insect Conservation & Diversity; Italian Journal of Zoology; International Journal of Biometeorology; Journal of Applied Ecology; Journal of Biogeography; Journal of Ecology; Journal of Horticultural Science & Biotechnology; Journal of Insect Conservation; Journal of Nature Conservation; Journal of Thermal Biology; Journal of Vegetation Science; Journal of Orthoptera Research; Land Degradation & Development; Landscape Ecology; Landscape & Urban Planning; Oecologia; Oikos; Plant Ecology & Diversity; Plant & Soil; PLoS ONE; PNAS; Proceedings B; Science of The Total Environment
Expert for funding agencies
ANR (The French National Research Agency); BiodivERsA/FACCE-JPI; DFG (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinshaft); GACR (Czech Science Foundation); NRF (South Africa's National Research Foundation); NWO (The Nethederlands Organisation for Scientific Research); OTKA (Hungarian Scientific research Fund); SEPA (Swedish Environmental Protection Agency)

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Last updated: 17/05/2018