Duccio Rocchini

Duccio Rocchini [born in Siena in 1975] is Full Professor at Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna from December 2019, after having been Associate Professor in Biology and Ecology at the University of Trento, Italy from February 2017. He attained his PhD in 2005 under the supervision of Prof. Alessandro Chiarucci, dealing with remote sensing applied to the study of plant communities.

After having collaborated with international institutions like U.S. Geological Survey, University of Nottingham (School of Geography, UK), Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (India), University of California Los Angeles (Department of Geography, US), he joined the Fondazione Edmund Mach in Trento in 2009, in the Dr. Markus Neteler’s GIS and Remote Sensing group, promoting open source algorithms for ecology. His main research interests are related to plant community ecology, biodiversity analysis at multiple spatial scales, species distribution modelling, spatial and computational ecology and ecological remote sensing.

Over the years he promoted the use of remote sensing for the study of biodiversity change in space and time, publishing more than 150 ISI papers on this theme.
He is continuing this activity in projects like the H2020 ECOPOTENTIAL or the H2020 TRUSTEE.

He is currently Associate Editor of Journal of Vegetation Science and Applied Vegetation Science and author of more than 150 papers ranked by ISI Web of Science (ISI h-index=40).

His view on climate change impact on plant diversity in mountain ecosystems has been part of a recent TEDx talk, under the impressive beauty of the Dolomites at an elevation 2200 metres!


Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie “Charles Darwin
Università “La Sapienza” di Roma – Viale dell’Università, 32
I-00185 Roma (RM)

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