After a postdoc (2000) with Simon Levin at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) of the Princeton University, I joined the Dipartimento di Elettronica e Informazione (DEI) at PoliMI first as Research Associate (2001-2002), then as Assistant Professor (2003-2006). I participated to many national and international research projects and I’ve been Visiting Scholar in various international research centes. As undergraduate student (1993) and graduate student (1997) I visited the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Austria, as Researcher (2001-2002) the EEB at Princeton University, and as Scholar (2007) at the Institute for Advanced Studies of Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
I graduated in Electronic Engineering (Politecnico di Milano, PoliMi, 1996) discussing a master thesis on forest fire regimes (mentor: Sergio Rinaldi) that was awarded the Italgas Prize “”Idee per il futuro”” (now called Debut in Research – Eni Award) as the best MSc dissertation on Environment and Energy. Under the guidance of Marino Gatto, I obtained a PhD degree in Ecology (University of Parma, 1999) with a thesis on Models for Metapopulations, part of which has been published in Nature.
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My research interests are in the wide area of population biology. I study in particular the spatiotemporal dynamics of species living in both homogeneous and heterogeneous landscapes with the aim of understanding the patterns generated by their movement. I’m also fascinated by the puzzling complexities that emerge in epidemiological problems, especially when the infectious material propagating through agents follows non-standard transmission paths.
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Laurea degree in Environmental Engineering (8 credits),
2010/11 – to date, Sede di Milano Leonardo, Politecnico di Milano.
Elementi di Ecologia e Analisi dei Sistemi Ambientali
Laurea degree in Environmental Engineering (10 credits), integrated course SSD BIO/07+ING-INF/04
2005/06 – 2008/09, Sede di Cremona, Politecnico di Milano.
Courses held within the Doctoral Program in Information Technology:
2003 & 2004/05: Organizer and lecturer of the course “Introduction to population ecology” (16 hrs) within a European Social Fund Master on Ecopathology of Wildlife (Coordinator: Paolo Lanfranchi) at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Università degli Studi di Milano.