About me

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

Conservation Biogeography
Geography Department
Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin

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Oct 2015 – Sep 2017 – MSCA Post-Doc fellow at Humbold Universität zu Berlin. Biogeography and Conservation Biology lab led by Prof. Tobias Kuemmerle (Dept. of Geography).

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, 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. Sabatini FM, Burrascano S, Tuomisto H and Blasi C. 2014. Ground layer plant species turnover and beta diversity in Southern-European old-growth forests. PLOS ONE 9(4):e95244.
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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

13. 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

14.Sabatini FM. 2014. An intuitive way to assess forest management intensity. Potential and caveats. ProcPoS 1:e7.

15.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.

16.Sabatini FM, Burrascano S, Blasi C. 2010. Niche heterogeneity and old-growth forests conservation value. ITALIA FORESTALE E MONTANA: 65 (5).

17.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

18.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

19.Blasi C, Burrascano S, Maturani A, Sabatini FM. 2010. Old-growth forests in Italy. Palombi Editori. Roma. ISBN 978-88-6060-270-1.

20.Blasi C, Burrascano S, Maturani A, Sabatini FM. 2010. Foreste Vetuste in Italia. Palombi Editori. Roma. ISBN 978-88-6060-269-5