About me

Francesco Maria SabatiniFrancesco Maria Sabatini, PhD, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Alumnus

Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg

German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

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Mar 2018 – now – Post-Doc at 1) Martin-Luther Universität Halle-Wittenberg. Institute of Biology. Geobotanic Lab. 2) German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig

Oct 2017- Feb 2018 – Post-Doc at Conservation Biogeography Lab. Dept of Geography. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Germany.

Oct 2015 – Sep 2017 – MSCA Post-Doc fellow at Conservation Biogeography Lab. Dept of Geography. Humboldt Universität zu Berlin. Germany.

Mar 2014 – Sep 2015 – Post-Doc at Department of Environmental Biology. Sapienza, University of Rome (Italy). Cofunded by LIFE+11 (NAT/IT/135) project FAGUS – Forests of the Apennines: Good practices to conjugate Use and Sustainability

Nov 2010 – Mar 2014 – PhD at Department of Environmental Biology. Sapienza, University of Rome (Italy)

As a Forest Ecologist I’m particularly interested in understanding the relationships between forest structure and biodiversity (with special reference to plants), especially in undisturbed, old-growth forests. Nevertheless, my research interests span across ecological systems, taxa and scales and include: Plant distribution patterns, Drivers of plant diversity, Functional diversity and Ecosystems functioning, all seasoned with a lot of R programming.


Here’s the list of my publications so far:

Publications on ISI journals

  1. Burrascano S, De Andrade RB, Paillet Y, Ódor P, Antonini G, Bouget C, Campagnaro T, Gosselin F, Janssen P, Persiani A, Nascimbene J, Sabatini FM, Sitzia T, Blasi C. 2018. Congruence across taxa and spatial scales: Are we asking too much of species data? GLOBAL ECOLOGY AND BIOGEOGRAPHY 27:980-990.
  2. Sabatini FM, Burrascano S, Keeton WS, Levers C, Lindner M, Pötzschner F, Verkerk PJ, Bauhus J, Buchwald E, Chaskovsky O, Debaive N, Horváth F, Garbarino M, Grigoriadis N, Lombardi F, Duarte IM, Meyer P, Midteng R, Mikac S, Mikolas M, Motta R, Mozgeris G, Nunes L, Panayotov M, Ódor P, Ruete A, Simovski B, Stillhard J, Svoboda M, Szwagrzyk J, Tikkanen O-P, Volosyanchuk R, Vrska T, Zlatanov TM, Kuemmerle T. 2018. Where are Europe’s last primary forests? DIVERSITY AND DISTRIBUTION 24(10): 1426-1439.
  3. Semper-Pascual A, Macchi L, Sabatini FM, Decarre J, Baumann M, Blendinger PG, Gómez-Valencia B, Mastrangelo ME, Kuemmerle T. 2018. Mapping extinction debt highlights conservation opportunities for birds and mammals in the South American Chaco. JOURNAL OF APPLIED ECOLOGY 55(3): 1218-1229.
  4. Burrascano S, Ripullone F, Bernardo L, Borghetti M, Carli E, Colangelo M, Gangale C, Gargano D, Gentilesca T, Luzzi G, Passalacqua N, Pelle L, Rivelli AR, Sabatini FM, Schettino A, Siclari A, Uzunov D, Blasi C. 2018. It’s a long way to the top: Plant species diversity in the transition from managed to old-growth forests. JOURNAL OF VEGETATION SCIENCE 29: 98-109.
  5. Sabatini FM, Jiménez-Alfaro B, Burrascano S, Lora A, Chytrý M. 2018. Beta-diversity of Central European forests decreases along an elevational gradient due to the variation in local community assembly processes. ECOGRAPHY 41(6):1038-1048.
  6. Burrascano S, Chytrý M, Kuemmerle T, Giarrizzo E, Luyssaert S, Sabatini FM, Blasi C. 2016. Current European policies are unlikely to jointly foster carbon sequestration and protect biodiversity. BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION 201:370-376.
  7. Sabatini FM, Burrascano S, Azzella MM, Barbati A, De Paulis S, Di Santo D, Facioni L, Giuliarelli D, Lombardi F, Maggi O, Mattioli W, Parisi F, Persiani A, Ravera S, Blasi C. 2016. One taxon does not fit all: Herb-layer diversity and stand structural complexity are weak predictors of biodiversity in Fagus sylvatica forests. ECOLOGICAL INDICATORS 69:126-137.
  8. Burrascano S, Copiz R, Del Vico E, Fagiani S, Giarrizzo E, Mei M, Mortelliti A, Sabatini FM, Blasi C. 2015. Wild boar rooting intensity determines shifts in understorey composition and functional traits. COMMUNITY ECOLOGY 16(2):244-253
  9. Sabatini FM, Zanini M, Dowgiallo G, Burrascano S. 2015. Multiscale heterogeneity of topsoil properties in southern European old-growth forests. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF FOREST RESEARCH 134: 911-925
  10. Sabatini FM, Burrascano S, Tuomisto H, Blasi C. 2014. Ground layer plant species turnover and beta diversity in Southern-European old-growth forests. PLOS ONE 9(4):e95244.
  11. Sabatini FM, Burrascano S, Lombardi F, Chirici G, Blasi C. 2014. An index of Structural Complexity for Apennine Beech forests. iFOREST 8:314-323 doi: 10.3832ifor1160-008.
  12. Sabatini FM, Burton JI, Scheller RM, Amatangelo KL, Mladenoff DJ. 2014. Functional diversity of ground-layer plant communities in old-growth and managed northern hardwood forests. APPLIED VEGETATION SCIENCE 17(3):398-407. DOI:10.1111/avsc.12083
  13. Sabatini FM, Jiménez-Alfaro B, Burrascano S, Blasi C. 2014. Drivers of herb-layer species diversity in two unmanaged temperate forests in northern Spain. COMMUNITY ECOLOGY 15: 147-157.
  14. Burrascano S, Keeton W, Sabatini FM, Blasi C. 2013. Commonality and Variability in the Structural Attributes of Moist Temperate Old-growth Forests: a Global Review. FOREST ECOLOGY AND MANAGEMENT 291: 458-479, ISSN: 0378-1127, doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2012.11.020
  15. Burrascano S, Anzellotti I, Carli E, Del Vico E, Facioni L, Pretto F, Sabatini FM, Tilia A, Blasi C. 2013. Drivers of beta-diversity variation in Bromus erectus semi-natural dry grasslands. APPLIED VEGETATION SCIENCE 16: 404-416, ISSN: 1402-2001, doi: 10.1111/avsc.12021
  16. Burrascano S, Sabatini FM, Blasi C. 2011. Testing indicators of Sustainable Forest Management on understorey composition and diversity in southern Italy through variation partitioning. PLANT ECOLOGY 212: 829-841.
  17. Foster JR, Burton JI, Forrester JA, Liu F, Muss JD, Sabatini FM, Scheller RM, Mladenoff DJ. 2010. Evidence for a recent increase in forest growth is questionable. PROCEEDINGS OF THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA 107:E86-E87.

Publications on non-ISI journals

  1. Mattioli W, Barbati A, Portoghesi L, Ferrari B, Burrascano S, Sabatini FM, Di Santo D, De Vita A, Gioiosa M, Giuliarelli D. 2014. Il progetto LIFE+ FAGUS: Sperimentazione di approcci selvicolturali per coniugare uso e conservazione della biodiversità nelle faggete appenniniche, SECOND INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS OF SILVICULTURE, Florence, November 26-29 2014
  2. Sabatini FM. 2014. An intuitive way to assess forest management intensity. Potential and caveats. ProcPoS 1:e7.
  3. Sabatini FM, Barbati A, Burrascano S, Cimini D, De Paulis S, et al.2014. Il Progetto LIFE+ Fagus. Buone pratiche per coniugare uso e sostenibilità nelle faggete appenniniche. SHERWOOD 204: 5-8.
  4. Sabatini FM, Burrascano S, Blasi C. 2010. Niche heterogeneity and old-growth forests conservation value. ITALIA FORESTALE E MONTANA: 65 (5).
  5. Burrascano S, Azzella MM, Bonacquisti S, Copiz R, Del Vico E, Facioni L, Lattanzi E, Rosati L, Sabatini FM, Tilia A, Blasi C. 2011. Biodiversità e indicatori nei boschi vetusti italiani. In: Le conoscenze botaniche del Lazio dal 1950 al 2010: stato dell’arte. INFORMATORE BOTANICO ITALIANO, vol. 43 suppl.1, p. 108, ISSN: 0020-0697, Roma, 20-11-2011

Publications on books\monographs

  1. Mattioli W, Di Santo D, Barbati A, Portoghesi L, Burrascano S, Sabatini FM, Giuliarelli D. 2017. Manuale di buone pratiche per la gestione degli habitat 9210* e 9220*. Ente Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni, Vallo della Lucania. 77p.
  2. Barbati A, Burrascano S, de Paulis S, De Vita A, Di Santo D, Gioiosa M, Sabatini FM. 2014. FAGUS. Buone pratiche per coniugare uso e sostenibilità delle Foreste dell’Appennino – FAGUS. Forests of the Apennines: Good practices to conjugate Use and Sustainability. Ente Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni. Vallo della Lucania (SA), Italy. DOI: 10.13140/2.1.2763.6166
  3. Blasi C, Burrascano S, Maturani A, Sabatini FM. 2010. Old-growth forests in Italy. Palombi Editori. Roma. ISBN 978-88-6060-270-1.
  4. Blasi C, Burrascano S, Maturani A, Sabatini FM. 2010. Foreste Vetuste in Italia. Palombi Editori. Roma. ISBN 978-88-6060-269-5