Ecological characterization of plant community diversity (Prof. Bacaro)

Prof. Giovanni Bacaro

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Giovanni Bacaro is Associate Professor in Environmental and Applied Botany (SSD BIO03) at the University of Trieste since 2015. Professor Bacaro has a B.S. degree in Natural Science from the University of Roma “La Sapienza” and a Ph.D. in “Sciences and technologies applied to the environment” from the University of Siena. In 2014 he obtained the official qualifications as Associate Professor in Botany (Code 05/A1), in Ecology (Code 05/C1) and in Arboriculture and Forest Systems (Code 07/B2). In 2017 he obtained the National Scientific Abilitation as Full Professor in Botany (Code 05/A1).

Prof. Giovanni Bacaro was selected by the Ministry of Environment, Land and See during the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU as one of the Government Delegate participating to the 12th Conference of the Party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (United Nations Environment Programme – CBD, Pyeongchang, Republic of Korea 3-17 October 2014), acting as Advisor and EU coordinator on Synthetic Biology and Invasive Alien Species (IAS) items.

He participated to the following European Funded projects:
  • EU Interreg Italia-Slovenia “SECAP - Supporto alle politiche energetiche e di adattamento climatico - Podpora energetskim in klimatskim politikam. Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste. Lead Partner: Regione Autonoma Friuli Venezia Giulia. Total Budget: € 2.940.351,30
  • EU Interreg Italia-Austria “NO WASTE - "Biodiversità migliorata per uno sfruttamento senza rifiuti delle colture-Verbesserte Biodiversität für abfallfreie wirtschaftliche Verwertung traditioneller Kulturpflanzen”. Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste. ITAT 2022 – NO WASTE. Budget Totale: €417.825,35
  • Life+ Project “SELPIBIOLIFE -Selvicoltura innovativa per accrescere la biodiversità dei suoli in popolamenti artificiali di pino nero”, University of Siena. LIFE13 BIO/IT/000282.
  • Life+ Project “CS-MON – Citizen Science Monitoring”, Department of Life Sciences, University of Trieste. LIFE13 ENV/IT/842
  • Life+ Project “Control of invasive alien species to restore threatened habitats in inland wetlands of northern Tuscany” (SOS Tuscan Wetlands). LIFE+11 NAT/IT/
  • Life+ Project “Restoring SILver-fir FORest” (RESILFOR)”. LIFE08 NAT /IT/000371
  • European Project FP7 “FIRESENSE: Fire Detection and Management through a Multi-Sensor Network for the Protection of Cultural Heritage Areas from the Risk of Fire and Extreme Weather Conditions, FP7-ENV-2009-1–244088-FIRESENSE”
  • European Project “BIO_SOS - Biodiversity Multi-SOurce Monitoring System: From Space To Species” FP/-SPA-2010-1-263435
  • European Project FP7 “EU-BON: Building the European Biodiversity Observation Network” FP7-ENV-2012-two-stage/ENV.2012.6.2-2
His research interests are focused on the determinants of species richness at all spatial scales, from the microcosm to the continent. He has used a variety of methods, including meta-analysis of floristic data, computer simulations, permanent plot data, and field experiments.
Other research topics are represented by:
  • Assessment, Evaluation and Monitoring of plant diversity in Nature Reserve Networks (Natura 2000)
  • Design and Analysis of Long-term Ecological Monitoring Studies
  • Analysis of cost-effective spatial sampling strategies
  • Development of Biodiversity indicators and metrics
  • Analysis of spatial and ecological data
  • Evaluation and interpretation of cross-taxa relationship
He has been awarded with the “Francesca e Luigi Brusarosco” prize by the Italian Ecological Society (Site) in 2009. He is member of the Editorial Board of the journal Diversity, and reviewer for top impact factor scientific journals.
At the University of Trieste he is:
  1. Coordinator of the bachelor degree in Science and Technology for the Environment and the Nature
  2. Member of the scientific board of the PhD program in Environmental Life Sciences 
  3. Member of the Didactic Commission for the  Degree in Global Change Ecology
  4. Local Coordinator of the Scientific Degree Programme (PLS) in Natural and Environmental Sciences
He is supervisor of one PhD student (Dr. Francesco Liccari) and many bachelor and master students’ thesis.
Professor Bacaro has published more than 80 papers on international scientific journals.
The complete list of his pubblications can be found here:


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