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I am a temporary reseach associate at the Environmental Biology Department of Sapienza University of Rome.

I am interested in biodiversity with special reference to vascular plants but I am also involved in multi-taxon research projects.

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, 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.

Burrascano S., 2010. On the terms used to refer to ‘natural’ forests: a response to Veen et al.. Biodiversity and Conservation 19: 3301-3305.

Ricotta C., Burrascano S., Blasi C., 2010. Incorporating functional dissimilarities into sampled-based rarefaction curves: From taxon resampling to functional resampling. Journal of Vegetation Science 21: 280-286.

Burrascano S., Rosati L., Blasi C., 2009. Plant species diversity in Mediterranean old-growth forests: a case study from central Italy. Plant Biosystems 143: 190-200

Ricotta C., Burrascano S., 2009. Testing for differences in beta diversity with asymmetric dissimilarities. Ecological indicators 9: 719-724.

Ricotta C., Burrascano S., 2008. Beta diversity for functional ecology. Preslia 80:61-71

Burrascano S., Lombardi F., Marchetti M., 2008. Old-growth forest structure and deadwood: are they indicators of plant species composition? A case study from central Italy. Plant Biosystems 142: 313-323




Burrascano S., Copiz R., 2013. Interpretazione e gestione degli habitat di interesse comunitario (Direttiva Habitat), pages 236-237 in: Primack R., Boitani L., Biologia della Conservazione. Zanichelli.

Blasi C., Burrascano S., Maturani A., Sabatini F.M., 2010. Old-growth forests in Italy. Palombi Editori. Roma.

Blasi C., Burrascano S., Maturani A., Sabatini F.M., 2010. Foreste vetuste in Italia. Palombi Editori. Roma.


Online resources

Italian interpretation manual of Directive 92/43/EEC habitats (in italian)

Dry grasslands habitat types in Italy