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Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna Department of Evolutionary Experimental Biology Research group on Plant Ecology and Diversity 42, via Irnerio. Bologna, Italy. Prof. Dr. Carlo Ferrari , full professor of Environmental Botany .

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Prof dr carlo ferrari full professor of environmental botany

Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna

Department of Evolutionary Experimental Biology

Research group on Plant Ecology and Diversity

42, via Irnerio. Bologna, Italy

Prof. Dr. Carlo Ferrari, full professor of Environmental Botany.

Phone: +39 051 2091298. E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Giovanna Pezzi, PhD researcher in Environmental Botany

Phone: +39 051 2091326. E-mail: [email protected]

Dr. Lorenzo Diani PhD post-doctoral fellow

Dr. Silvia Magnani PhD student

Dr. Marcello Corazza, PhD student

Dr. Ilaria Bruni, PhD student


Prof dr carlo ferrari full professor of environmental botany

We are able to do….

  • In a GIS environment:

  • image analysis

  • a referenced data base

  • change detection of vegetation pattern

    2)Plant diversity analysis for landscape evaluation

  • vegetation sampling by different approaches

  • multivariate analysis of biodiversity from plant to landscape

  • Required partner expertises:

  • Dendrochronologist

  • Forest researcher

  • modeller


Prof dr carlo ferrari full professor of environmental botany

Research Activities

Our field of research is the Planty Ecology, with particular reference to the environmental predictivity of spatial and temporal pattern of plant communities and their inferences for landscape analysis and management.

At present we are chiefly interested in the following research themes:

1) Ecology of the altitudinal limit of timberline in the Northern Apennines

2) Spatial and temporal patterns of vegetation in cultural landscapes

  • 3) Taxonomic plant diversity in plant communities and its relationship with human impacts.


Prof dr carlo ferrari full professor of environmental botany

Project idea

Modelling relationships

between mountain forest use and plant diversity changes

in southern Europe

Cooperation Theme 6: Environment (incl. Global Change)

Activity 6.2 Sustainable Management of Resources

Area 6.2.1.4 Biodiversity

Role of proponent: partner

Materials and methods

The study sites will be chosen within protected areas. The results can put into a Geographical Information System (GIS) to create an archive which includes data with very different origins, scales and purposes. Vegetation samplings will be made to describe the present species composition of different forest vegetation types, and correlated with the site history as described by the available historical data.


Prof dr carlo ferrari full professor of environmental botany

Expected results

  • The research goal is to understand what kind of evolution could be prospected and what sort of management can be proposed for southern European woods in the present to preserve their value in the future.

  • The expected results

  • 1) will clarify the value for plant diversity conservation of different forest managements and landscape changes in a southern European context

  • 2) A GIS-based model will provide a standardised procedure for the description and analysis of forest change applicable to any site. In addition, it will provide a hypothesis for temporal modelling which can be used to draw short-medium term inferences.


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