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Associate Professor of Landscape Ecology at the Department of Environmental Biology, University of Rome “La Sapienza” where he graduated in Geology in 1992. In 1997 he received his Ph.D. in Botanical Sciences from the same university with a specialization in remote sensing and geographical information systems.

His research interests span a wide range of topics in community ecology and geoecology (including invasion and urban ecology, multivariate analysis and biodiversity, spatial statistics, macroecology, historical geography, landscape and satellite ecology) with strong bias towards quantitative and methodological issues.


Recent papers

Rocchini D., Marcantonio M., Ricotta C., 2017, Measuring Rao’s Q diversity index from remote sensing: An open source solution, Ecological Indicators 72: 234-238.

Rocchini D., Garzon-Lopez C.X., Marcantonio M., Amici V., Bacaro G., Bastin L., Brummitt N.,  Chiarucci A., Foody G.M., Hauffe H.C., He K.S., Ricotta C., Rizzoli A., Rosà R., 2017, Anticipating species distributions: Handling sampling effort bias under a Bayesian framework, Science of the Total Environment 584-585: 282–290.

Rocchini D., Petras V., Petrasova A., Chemin Y., Ricotta C., Frigeri A., Landa M., Marcantonio M., Bastin L., Metz M., Delucchi L., Neteler M., 2017, Spatio-ecological complexity measures in GRASS GIS, Computers and Geosciences 104: 166-176.

Ricotta C., Ari E., Bonanomi G., Giannino F., Heathfield D., Mazzoleni S., Podani J., 2017, Spatial analysis of phylogenetic community structure: New version of a classical method, Community Ecology 18: 37-46.

Pavoine S., Bonsall M.B., Dupaix A., Jacob U., Ricotta C., 2017, From phylogenetic to functional originality: Guide through indices and new developments, Ecological Indicators 82: 196-205.

Ricotta C., 2017, Of beta diversity, variance, evenness, and dissimilarity, Ecology and Evolution 7: 4835-4843.

Bonito A., Ricotta C., Iberite M., Gratani L., Varone L., 2017, CO2 sequestration in two mediterranean dune areas subjected to a different level of anthropogenic disturbance, Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 196: 22-30.

Bajocco S., Koutsias N., Ricotta C., 2017, Linking fire ignitions hotspots and fuel phenology: The importance of being seasonal, Ecological Indicators 82: 433-440.

Ricotta C., Podani J., 2017, On some properties of the Bray-Curtis dissimilarity and their ecological meaning, Ecological Complexity 31: 201-205.

Ricotta C., Rapson G.L., Asmus U., Pyšek P., Kühn I., La Sorte F.A., Thompson K., 2017, British plants as aliens in New Zealand cities: residence time moderates their impact on the beta diversity of urban floras, Biological Invasions 19: 3589–3599.

Rocchini D., Bacaro G., Chirici G., Da Re D., Feilhauer H., Foody G.M., Galluzzi M., Garzon-Lopez C.X., Gillespie T.W., He K.S., Lenoir J., Marcantonio M., Nagendra H., Ricotta C., Rommel E., Schmidtlein S., Skidmore A.K., Van De Kerchove R., Wegmann M., Rugani B., 2018, Remotely sensed spatial heterogeneity as an exploratory tool for taxonomic and functional diversity study, Ecological Indicators 85: 983–990.

Gratani L., Varone L., Crescente M.F., Catoni R., Ricotta C., Puglielli G., 2018, Leaf thickness and density drive the responsiveness of photosynthesis to air temperature in Mediterranean species according to their leaf habitus, Journal of Arid Environments 150: 9–14.

Ricotta C., Bacaro G., Caccianiga M., Cerabolini B.E.L., Pavoine S., 2018, A new method for quantifying the phylogenetic redundancy of biological communities, Oecologia, 186: 339–346.

Ricotta C., 2018, A family of (dis)similarity measures based on evenness and its relationship with beta diversity, Ecological Complexity 34: 69–73.

Conedera M., Krebs P., Valese E., Cocca G., Schunk C., Menzel A., Vacik H., Cane D., Japelj A., Muri B., Ricotta C., Oliveri S., Pezzatti G.B., 2018, Characterizing Alpine pyrogeography from fire statistics, Applied Geography 98: 87–99.

Rocchini D., Luque S., Pettorelli N., Bastin L., Doktor D., Faedi N., Feilhauer H., Feret J.B., Foody G.M., Gavish Y., Godinho S., Kunin W.E., Lausch A., Leitao P.J., Marcantonio M., Neteler M., Ricotta C., Schmidtlein S., Vihervaara P., Wegmann M., Nagendra H., 2018, Measuring β-diversity by remote sensing: A challenge for biodiversity monitoring, Methods in Ecology and Evolution 9: 1787–1798.

Godefroid S., Ricotta C., 2018, Alien plant species do have a clear preference for different land uses within urban environments, Urban Ecosystems 21: 1189–1198.

Pavoine S., Ricotta C., 2019, Measuring functional dissimilarity among plots: Adapting old methods to new questions, Ecological Indicators 97: 67–72.

Bajocco S., Ferrara C., Alivernini A., Bascietto M.,  Ricotta C., 2019, Remotely-sensed phenology of Italian forests: Going beyond the species, International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 74: 314-321.

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