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Lorenzo Marini

I am a researcher at the University of Padova with a strong focus on ecology and conservation biology 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 including both plants and insects. I often apply a multiple-scale approach investigating processes at the local, landscape, and biogeographical scales.
Contact details:

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


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


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 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 in the Alps. 


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 forest insects 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 lepidopteran and bark beetle outbreaks.  

PhD StudentsReturn to the top
On-going projects:Completed projects:
  • Ewelina Czwienczek
PublicationsReturn to the top
Peer-reviewed ISI papers:

*Graduates or postgraduates under my supervision
  • Villari C.*, Battisti A., Bonello P., Faccoli M., Marini L. (in press) Testing phenotypic trade-offs in the chemical defence strategy of Scots pine under growth-limiting field conditions. Tree Physiology
  • 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. (in press) Density of insect-pollinated grassland plants decreases with increasing surrounding land-use intensity. Ecology Letters
  • Di Giovanni F.*, Cerretti P.-F., Mason F., Minari E., Marini L. (in press) Vertical stratification of ichneumonid wasp communities: the effects of forest structure and life-history traits. Insect Science
  • Marini L., Öckinger E., Bergman K.-O., Jauker B., Krauss J., Kuussaari M., Poyry J., Smith H.G., Steffan-Dewenter I., Bommarco R. (in press) Contrasting effects of habitat area and connectivity on evenness of pollinator communities. Ecography
  • 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

LIBERATION (LInking farmland Biodiversity to Ecosystem seRvices for
effective eco-functional intensificATION) (2013-2016)

The objectives of LIBERATION are to identify general relationships between semi-natural habitats, on-farm management and biodiversity, link farmland biodiversity to ecosystem services, examine different strategies to mitigate ecosystem services, quantify the impact of ecosystem services on crop yield, quantify the socio-economic implications of eco-functional intensification, evaluate the contribution of ecosystem services at different land-use scenario’s and demonstrate our findings and disseminate them to a wide range of stakeholders
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The potential impact of climate change on tree mortality caused by eruptive bark beetles (2012-2013)

Climate change will affect timing of swarming and rate of development of the spruce bark beetle (Ips typographus). Modelling studies have demonstrated that this could create opportunities for an additional generation per year in Scandinavian countries, having large consequences for forestry during periods with high population densities. In this project this research question is addressed in two different ways: (1) by ecosystem modelling and (2) by a comparison of tree mortality caused by the spruce bark beetle along a European latitudinal gradient


BACCARA (Biodiversity And Climate Change: A Risk Analysis) (2009-2012)

I am partially involved also in BACCARA, an EU-funded project on the effects of biodiversty loss and climate change on ecosystem functioning in forest ecosystems. Our group (coordinated by Andrea Battisti) is leading the WP2 on the tree-associated species response to climate change. The objective of WP2 is to predict the impact of climate change on tree-associated species diversity and performance. WP2 will focus on species with a role in the functioning of forests in terms of net biomass production: antagonistic species, their natural enemies, and mutualistic species.














Completed projectsReturn to the top
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
Teaching
-Biostatistical  Analysis Using R (2008-2012)
-Statistica Applicata (2012-)
-Biodiversità e Servizi Ecosistemici (2012-)
Curriculum vitae
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Lorenzo Marini (born in 1979)

Education
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
2012-current.
Researcher at the University of Padova
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)
2010-2011.
Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences (SE)
Editorial activity in international peer-reviewed journals (in alphabetical order)
Associate Editor: Basic and Applied Ecology (2013-); Diversity (2008-)
Reviewer: Acta Oecologica; African Journal of Agricultural Research; Agricultural and Forest Entomology; Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment; Biodiversity & Conservation; Biological Conservation; Biological Invasions; 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; Global Ecology & Biogeography; Insect Conservation & Diversity; Italian Journal of Zoology; International Journal of Biometeorology; Journal of Applied Ecology; Journal of Biogeography; 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; 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: 26/06/2014