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Conservation Biology

Conservation-biology We apply state-of-art approaches to explore habitat selection patterns in threatened vertebrate and invertebrate taxa and develop scientifically sound tools and solutions to provide stakeholders with guidance on tailoring conservation strategies. We work in close cooperation with nature reserves and environmental agencies.

Activity start 2004
Publications - Russo D., Cistrone L., Jones G. & Mazzoleni S. (2004). Roost selection by barbastelle bats (Barbastella barbastellus, Chiroptera: Vespertilionidae) in beech woodlands of central Italy: consequences for conservation. Biological Conservation 117: 73-81. (Q1)
- Russo D., Almenar D., Aihartza J., Goiti U.,Salsamendi E & Garin I. (2005). Habitat selection in sympatric Rhinolophus mehelyi and R. euryale (Chiroptera: Rhinolophidae). Journal of Zoology, London 266: 327-332. (Q1)
- Russo D., Cistrone L. & Jones, G (2005). Spatial and temporal patterns of roost use by tree-dwelling barbastelle bats, Barbastella barbastellus. Ecography 28: 769-776. (Q1)
- Biscardi S., Russo D., Casciani V., Cesarini D., Mei M. & Boitani L. (2007). Foraging requirements of the endangered long-fingered bat (Myotis capaccinii): the influence of micro-habitat structure, water quality and prey type. Journal of Zoology, London 273: 372-381. (Q1)
- Moreira F. & Russo D. (2007). Modelling the impact of agricultural abandonment and wildfires on vertebrate diversity in Mediterranean Europe. Landscape Ecology 22: 1461-1476. (Q1)
- Russo D., Cistrone L., Garonna, A.P. & Jones, G (2010). Reconsidering the importance of harvested forests for the conservation of tree-dwelling bats. Biodiversity and Conservation 9: 2501-2515. (Q2)
- Russo D., Cistrone L., Garonna A.P. (2011). Habitat selection in the highly endangered beetle Rosalia alpina: a multiple spatial scale assessment. Journal of Insect Conservation 15: 685-693. (Q2)
- Bosso L., Rebelo H., Garonna A.P., Russo D. (2012). Modelling geographic distribution and detecting conservation gaps in Italy for the threatened beetle Rosalia alpina. Journal for Nature Conservation 21: 72-80 (Q2)
- Caci G., Biscaccianti A.B., Cistrone L., Bosso L., Garonna A.P., Russo D. (2013). Spotting the right spot: computer-aided individual identification of the threatened cerambycid beetle Rosalia alpina. Journal of Insect Conservation 17:787-795. (Q2)
- Roscioni F., Russo D., Di Febbraro M., Frate L., Carranza M.L., Loy A. (2013). Regional-scale modelling of the cumulative impact of wind farms on bats. Biodiversity and Conservation 22: 1821-1835. (Q2)
- Roscioni F., Rebelo H., Russo D., Carranza M.L., Di Febbraro M.,  Loy A. (2014). A modelling approach to infer the effects of wind farms on landscape connectivity for bats. Landscape Ecology 29: 891-903 (Q1)
- Ancillotto L., Russo D. (2014). Reassessing the breeding range limits for two long-distance migratory vespertilionid bats, Pipistrellus nathusii and Nyctalus leisleri in the Italian Peninsula. Mammalia 79: 245-248 (Q3)
- Ancillotto L., Rydell J., Nardone V. & Russo D. (2014). Coastal cliffs on islands as foraging habitat for bats. Acta Chiropterologica 16: 103-108 (Q3)
- Ancillotto L., Cistrone L., Mosconi F., Jones G., Boitani L., Russo D. (2015). The importance of non-forest landscapes for the conservation of forest bats: lessons from barbastelles (Barbastella barbastellus). Biodiversity and Conservation 24: 171-185 (Q2)
- Russo D., Ancillotto L. (2014). Sensitivity of bats to urbanization: a review. Mammalian Biology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mambio.2014.10.003 (Q2)
- Russo D., Papadatou E. (2014). Acoustic identification of free-flying Schreiber’s bat Miniopterus schreibersii by social calls. Hystrix, the Italian Journal of Mammalogy 25. DOI: 10.4404/hystrix-25.2-10933 (Q3)
- Rydell J, Russo D (2014). Photography as a low-impact method to survey bats. Mammalian Biology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mambio.2014.11.003. (Q2)
Permanent staff Danilo Russo (BIO/07), Antonio P. Garonna (AGR/11)
Temporary or external staff Sonia Smeraldo (PhD student), Valentina Nardone (PhD student), Carmelina De Conno (PhD student), Guglielmo Maglio (PhD student), Leonardo Ancillotto (postdoc), Mirko Di Febbraro (postdoc)
Collaborations Prof. Gareth Jones (University of Bristol, U.K.), Prof. Carmi Korine (Ben Gurion University of Negev, Israel), Dr. Hugo Rebelo, CIBIO, University of Porto, Portugal, Dr Panagiotis Georgiakakis, University of Crete, Greece, Dr. Luca Cistrone (Forestry and Conservation, Cassino), Prof. Anna Loy (Università degli Studi del Molise), Prof. José Jesus (University of Funchal, Portugal), Dr Panagiotis Georgiakakis (Natural History Museum of Crete)
SSD  
Projects - Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio, “Realizzazione di uno studio sulla conservazione della chirotterofauna silvicola nel Parco Nazionale del Vesuvio” (45.000 euro, 2013, coordinatore)
- Ministero dell'Ambiente e della Tutela del Territorio e del Mare: "Aggiornamento della distribuzione e dello stato di conservazione dei chirotteri italiani e identificazione delle strategie di monitoraggio e gestione", 57.520 euro, 2013, coordinatore)
- Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise: "Approfondimento dello studio della chirotterofauna, l'entomofauna e la redazione della cartografia forestale nell'ambito del progetto Piano di Gestione dei Siti
- Natura 2000 del PNALM" (40.000 euro, 2012, responsabile di unità di ricerca)
- Parco Naturale Regionale del Sirente - Velino: "Piano di gestione dei SIC e ZPS del Parco regionale Sirente Velino - Mammiferi" (30.000 euro, 2012, responsabile di unità di ricerca)
- Comune di Anversa degli Abruzzi (AQ): "Redazione Piano del SIC Gole del Sagittario - Chirotteri, Erpetofauna, Entomofauna" (16.621 euro, 2012, responsabile di unità di ricerca)
- Comune di Pennadomo (CH). "Redazione Piano del SIC Gole di Pennadomo e Torricella Peligna -chirotteri, ittiofauna, entomofauna" (16.400 euro, 2012, responsabile di unità di ricerca)
- Regione Campania, Assessorato alle Politiche Ambientali: "Realizzazione del volume sulla Lista Rossa dei Vertebrati terrestri e dulcacquicoli della Regione Campania" (9.000 euro, 2012, coordinatore)
- Università degli Studi dell’Insubria: “Focal Point Scientifico EUROBATS” (euro 5.000, 2012, coordinatore)
- Comune di Roma - Dip. Tutela Ambientale e del Verde: "Studio dei pipistrelli nel territorio di Roma"(19.987 euro, 2012, coordinatore)
Recognitions and awards Media coverage
- RAI 3, Partecipazione a Geo&Geo, http://www.rai.tv/dl/RaiTV/programmi/media/ContentItem-e7190aa2-2f6a-4717-bc53-a15ebe8bf2a9.html
- National Geographic, “Il pipistrello che usciva di giorno”, 24(5), rubrica “Natura”
- Geo, “Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Lazio e Molise. Uomo e natura, vicini di casa”, ottobre 2010, p. 82-87.
- ANSA, “Anno del pipistrello, in Italia metà specie a rischio” 4 ottobre 2010, http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/canali/energiaeambiente/natura/2010/10/04/visualizza_new.html_1756519342.html
- Il Centro, “Caso unico in Italia. Un nuovo pipistrello tra i faggi della Maiella”, Mercoledì 20 agosto 2008.
- National Geographic, “Il pipistrello nascosto” 22(5), rubrica “Natura”

Invited talks
- 2012. December. International symposium on “the importance of bats as bioindicators”, Granollers, Spain.  Invited Speaker on forest degradation and bats  
- 2012. December. Invited Speaker (keynote lecturer) at National SECEMU Conference, Spain
- 2010. November. Invited Speaker (keynote lecturer) at National SECEMU Conference, Spain
- 2010. August. Invited Speaker at XII International Bat Research Symposium
- 2009. September. Invited Speaker at XI International International Congress on the Zoogeography and Ecology of Greece and Adjacent Regions
- 2008. November. “The institutional mission of the Italian Ministry for Environment Land and Sea for conservation of bats”. COP9 – CMS Side Event, FAO, Rome.
- 2008. November. “The Italian bat fauna: status, threats and conservation perspectives.” Jornadas para la Conservación y Gestión de los Quirópteros (3, 4 y 5 de noviembre, Cáceres). International Meeting on Conservation of Mediterranean Bat Populations, Spain.
- 2008. November. “Ecological and behavoural correlates of roost choice by barbastelle bats in beech forests.” Jornadas para la Conservación y Gestión de los Quirópteros (3, 4 y 5 de noviembre, Cáceres). International Meeting on Conservation of Mediterranean Bat Populations, Spain.
- 2008. August. Talk on quantitative identification methods for recognition of bats in flight and tutorship of attendants. European Bat Detector Workshop, Felsőtárkány, Hungary.
- 2008. May. Natural History and Conservation of Bats”. University of Madeira, Funchal, Portugal.
- 2005. Keynote speaker, “Assessing trends in mammals in areas under land use change”. AVEC Summer School “Integrated Assessment of Vulnerable Ecosystems under Global Change”, Peiresq, France, 24 September 2005.
- 2004. “Land abandonment and animal communities: winners and losers”. AVEC Workshop “Effects of land abandonment and global change  on plant and animal communities”, Capri, 11-14 October 2004.
- 2004. “Give me a call and I’ll guess who you are: how to study bat distribution and habitat use by acoustic surveys”. International workshop: Bat conservation in the Alpine and Adriatic region, Carinthia, Austria, 14-15 May 2004.
- Invited editor for a special issue of the Journal Mammalian Biology on "the importance of bats as bioindicators" (ongoing)
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