I am a forest ecologist interested in understanding how to better manage forests in a future characterized by global changes.

My work aims at studying the dynamics of forest ecosystems to anticipate the potential impacts of climate, disturbance and socio-economic changes. I use ecological simulation models of forest dynamics to explore interactions of trees with their changing environment and to investigate forest management strategies to enhance future resistance and resilience at multiple scales (stand to landscape). I am currently working on combining modelling approaches with functional diversity and network connectivity in fragmented forest landscapes in Eastern North America. I am passionate in dendrology, geography, silviculture, tree-ring research, forest inventory and the ecology of mixed forests. And I love mountains, cross-country skiing and home brewing.

I am currently based in Montreal, Canada, at the CEF - Centre for Forest Research at the the Université du Quebéc à Montreal UQAM

Interests

  • Forest dynamic modelling
  • Impacts of climate change and disturbances on forest ecosystems
  • Management, silviculture and ecosystem services provision from temperate forests

Education

  • Ph.D. in Forest Ecology, 2015

    ETH Zurich, Switzerland

  • MSc in Forestry and Environmental Science, 2010

    University of Padua, Italy

Experience

 
 
 
 
 

Postdoctoral research fellow

Université du Quebéc à Montréal UQAM

Apr 2018 – Present Montreal, Canada
Figuring out how to make fragmented forest landscapes more resilient to global change
 
 
 
 
 

Postdoc

Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL

Apr 2016 – Dec 2017 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Figuring out species mixing effects and their variability across environmental gradients
 
 
 
 
 

PhD Student

ETH Zurich

Apr 2012 – Dec 2015 Zurich, Switzerland
Figuring out how to model and evaluate management strategies for a multiple provision of ecosystem services in European mountain forests
 
 
 
 
 

Research Intern

Paul Scherrer Institute PSI

Mar 2011 – Mar 2012 Villigen, Switzerland
Figuring out how to provide cleaner burning fuels through optimization of forestry practices
 
 
 
 
 

Technical Assistant

Paulownia Italia s.r.l.

Feb 2007 – Feb 2009 Italy
Helping out in a forestry consultancy company, from tree plantation planning to events’ organization

Projects

REDEFiNE

Resilience-based forest management with network theory

SWISS-SPEMIXMOD

Species Mixture Effects on Tree Growth in Swiss forests

ARANGE

Advanced multifunctional management of European mountain forests

Blog Posts

I occasionally publish posts in Forest Monitor and in the EFI Resilience Blog

Talks, seminars and conferences

See my CV for contributions prior 2016

Contact

  • 141, av. du Président-Kennedy, Montreal, QC H2X3Y7
  • ForesThink