Place of birth: Biella on 12.06.1960;
Married, two children (Alice and Stefano);
Associated Professor in Forest Ecology and Silviculture at the Department of Agronomy, Silviculture and Land Management, University of Turin.
Head of the Mountain ecology and silviculture Research Unit.
Is author of more than 100 papers related to his research and teaching-lecturing activity.
Co-editorial manager of the Journal Dendrochronologia
Member of the Executive Council of the SISEF (Italian Society of Silviculture and Forest Ecology)
Silviculture and Ecology of the mountain forests
Silvicultural planning and treatments in forests that play an important protective role.
Stand structures and stand history in Long term forest stand research plots.
Silvicultural experiments (e.g. small gaps or elongated cuts) established in order either to maintain the current status using natural regeneration or to improve the structures and the 'naturalness' of the forest stands.
Old-growth and silviculture in the European Alps
Upper forest limits (tree-line and forest-line): dynamics and global change
Present upper forest and tree limits, and their recent dynamics.
Dendroecological analysis of the conifer trees in subalpine forests and impact of the global change in the subalpine level.
Forest-wildlife (ungulates) relationships
Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the impact of wild ungulates on mountain forests in areas with high density of wildlife in the Italian Alps.
Wildlife requirements relative to forest stands, the possible silvicultural alternatives and management for limiting the impact of Wild ungulates or improving their habitat.
Impact of wild ungulates on the forest regeneration process and on the dynamics of the subalpine forests.
Ungulate damages dendroecology.
Present research programs:
High altitude forests of the Alps and the Apennines: structure, growth limiting factors and future scenarios). MURST . In collaboration with the Universities of Padua, Parma and Potenza.
INTERREG III A - Gestion durable des forŕts de montagne (Aosta Valley Autonomous Region and Piedmont Region ).
Silviculture in protective forest in Aosta Valley (Aosta Valley Region ).
Danni da ungulati alla rinnovazione forestale in Val Bormida (SV) (Ungulate damages on forest regeneration in the Bormida valley, Savona).
Foreste di alta quota delle Alpi lombarde: strutture, fattori limitanti, adattamenti fisiologici e dinamiche passate, presenti e future .
Main research sites:
Upper Susa valley
Alta Valle Pesio e Tanaro Natural Park
Paneveggio forest; Paneveggio-Pale di S.Martino Natural Park
Images from Western Italian Alps
Images from my field trips
Images from "Northern Patagonia Field Trip", International Conference on Dendrochronology for the third millenium, 2-7 April 2000, Mendoza, Argentina
Some recent papers and a book about Mountain silviculture
Other interests (cross country sky, mountain bike, bycicle, backpacking)
Materiale didattico Corsi di Laurea in Scienze Forestali e Ambientali, Scienze forestali e ambientali (1░ livello) Difesa del suolo e manutenzione idraulico-forestale del territorio (1░ livello), FacoltÓ di Agraria, UniversitÓ degli Studi di Torino.
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