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I am an associate professor at the Environmental Biology Department of Sapienza University of Rome.

I am interested in biodiversity especially in vascular plants, but I am also involved in multi-taxon research projects.

I am the chair of the COST Action BOTTOMS-UP (CA18207): Biodiversity Of Temperate forest Taxa Orienting Management by Sustainability by Unifying Perspectives.

My current research interests range from grasslands to forests composition and diversity in response to environmental and human factors (below a word cloud of the titles of my papers).


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Main publications

Sabatini FM, de Andrade RB, Paillet Y, Ódor P, Bouget C, Campagnaro T, Gosselin F, Janssen P, Mattioli W, Nascimbene J, Sitzia T, Kuemmerle T, Burrascano S, 2018. Trade‐offs between carbon stocks and biodiversity in European temperate forests. GLOBAL CHANGE BIOLOGY. n\a, 1-13. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14503

Burrascano S, de Andrade RB, Paillet Y, et al. Congruence across taxa and spatial scales: Are we asking too much of species data? Global Ecol Biogeogr. 2018;27:980990.

Sabatini, F. M., S. Burrascano, W. S. Keeton, C. Levers, M. Lindner, F. Pötzschner, P. J. Verkerk, J. Bauhus, E. Buchwald, O. Chaskovsky, N. Debaive, F. Horváth, M. Garbarino, N. Grigoriadis, F. Lombardi, I. M. Duarte, P. Meyer, R. Midteng, S. Mikac, M. Mikolas, R. Motta, G. Mozgeris, L. Nunes, M. Panayotov, P. Ódor, A. Ruete, B. Simovski, J. Stillhard, M. Svoboda, J. Szwagrzyk, O.-P. Tikkanen, R. Volosyanchuk, T. Vrska, T. M. Zlatanov, and T. Kuemmerle. Accepted. Where are Europe’s last primary forests? Diversity and Distributions. doi:10.1111/ddi.12778

Carli E.*, Giarrizzo E.*, Burrascano S., Alós M., Del Vico E., Di Marzio P., Facioni L., Giancola C., Mollo B., Paura B., Salerno G., Zavattero L., Blasi C., in press. Using vegetation dynamics to face the challenge of the conservation status assessment in semi-natural habitats. Rendiconti Lincei. Scienze Fisiche e Naturali doi: 10.1007/s12210-018-0707-6.

Burrascano S., Chytrý M., Kuemmerle T., Giarrizzo E., Luyssaert S., Sabatini F.M., Blasi C., 2016. Current European policies are unlikely to jointly foster carbon sequestration and protect biodiversity. Biological Conservation 201:370-376.

Sabatini* F.M., Burrascano* S., Azzella M.M., Barbati A., De Paulis S., Di Santo D., Facioni L., Giuliarelli D., Lombardi F., Maggi O., Mattioli W., Parisi F., Persiani A., Ravera S., Blasi C., 2016. One taxon does not fit all: Herb-layer diversity and stand structural complexity are weak predictors of biodiversity in Fagus sylvatica forests. Ecological Indicators 69: 126-137.

Burrascano S., Copiz R., Del Vico E., Fagiani S., Giarrizzo E., Mei M., Mortelliti A., Sabatini F.M., Blasi C., 2015. Wild boar rooting intensity determines shifts in understorey composition and functional traits. Community Ecology 16: 244-253.

Facioni L., Burrascano S., Del Vico E., Rosati L., Tilia A., Blasi C., 2015. Phytosociological analysis of white oak (Quercus pubescens s. l.) woodlands and related successional stages: spatial patterns and their drivers. Phytocoenologia 45: 325-364.

Sabatini F.M., Burrascano S., Tuomisto H., Blasi C., 2014. Ground Layer Plant Species Turnover and Beta Diversity in Southern-European Old-Growth Forests. Plos One 9: 1-13.

Sabatini F.M., Jiménez-Alfaro B., Burrascano S., Blasi C., 2014. Drivers of herb-layer species diversity in two unmanaged temperate forests of Northern Spain. Community Ecology 15:147-157

Catorci A., Cesaretti S., Velasquez J.L., Burrascano S., Zeballos H., 2013. Management type affects composition and facilitative processes in altoandine dry grassland. Acta Oecologica 52: 19-28.

Burrascano S., Anzellotti I., Carli E., Del Vico E., Facioni L., Pretto F., Sabatini F.M., Tilia A., Blasi C., 2013. Drivers of beta-diversity variation in Bromus erectus semi-natural dry grasslands. Applied Vegetation Science 16: 404-416.

Burrascano S., Keeton W.S., Sabatini F.M., Blasi C., 2013. Commonality and Variability in the Structural Attributes of Moist Temperate Old-growth Forests: a Global Review. Forest Ecology and Management 291: 458-479.

Blasi C., Tilia A., Rosati L., Del Vico E., Copiz R., Ciaschetti G., Burrascano S., 2012. Geographical and ecological differentiation in Italian mesophilous pastures referred to the alliance Cynosurion cristati Tx. 1947. Phytocoenologia 41:217-229.

Burrascano S., Sabatini F.M., Blasi C., 2011. Testing indicators of sustainable forest management on understorey composition and diversity in southern Italy through variation partitioning. Plant Ecology 212: 829-841.