I currently serve as Full Professor of Ecology the Department of Electronics, Information and Bioengineering, the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the School of Architecture, Urban Planning and Construction Engineering at Politecnico di Milano (PoliMi) since 2016.
After a postdoc (2000) with Simon Levin at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) of the Princeton University, I joined the DEIB first as Research Associate (2001-2002), then as Assistant Professor (2003-2006) and Associate Professor (2006-2016). I participated to many national and international research projects and I’ve been Visiting Scholar in various international research centers. 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.
For more information, see an extended version of my CV.
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.