Biodiversity informatics (Prof. Martellos)

Stefano Martellos

Associate professor in Systematic botany (BIO/02)

Tel: +39 040 558 3889



Stefano Martellos is Associate Professor in Systematic Botany (SSD BIO/02) at the University of Trieste since 2019.

He has a degree in Biology, and a PhD in Biomonitoring of Environmental Alteration.

His research interest focuses on Biodiversity Informatics, and on the taxonomy and ecology of lichenised fungi. He also collaborates with other research centers on the application of DNA barcode for the identification of vascular plants (PLoS ONE, 2012; Food Research International, 2013).

He is one of the few researchers in Italy dealing with biodiversity informatics. He has developed the software FRIDA (FRiendly IdentificAtion; Taxon 2010), whose algorithm was patented by the University of Trieste. FRIDA has been used by several researchers for the development and publication of more than 600 digital identification keys to several groups of organisms. He has also cooperated in the development of the Italian National Biodiversity Network (Plant Biosystem, 2011), especially as far as the aggregation of primary biodiversity data is concerned.

In the field of lichenology, he is co-author of the Second Checklist of Italian Lichens (2003), and of the checklist of the Lichen of the Alps (Mycokeys, 2018). He collaborates to the management of ITALIC, the information system on Italian lichens. He is also investigating the use of species distribution models for backing taxa delimitation (Flora, 2014), and the effects of climate change on vascular flora (Community Ecology, 2018), and is involved in the floristic investigation of the Italian lichen flora. Furthermore, he is exploring the field of Citizen Science (Plant Biosystems, 2019).

Stefano Martellos has publilshed several papers in international scientific journals, is co-author of several books, and author of one patent.

He is member of the International Association of Lichenology, the Italian Society of Botany, the Italian Society of Ecology, and the Italian Lichenological Society. He is also a former member of the Directive Board of the Italian Lichenological Society (2011-2017), and a member of the Directive Board of the Italian Natural History Museums Association (ANMS) since 2016.

He is the coordinator of the Bachelor Degree in Biological Sciences and Techniques of the Dept. of Life Sciences of the University of Trieste.


Last update: 06-11-2024 - 23:30