Massimo Faccoli


Born in Iseo (BS) in 1971, he graduated in Forestry Sciences in 1995 at the University of Padua; he obtained a doctorate in Entomology in 2000 at the University of Bologna. Since 2001, He carries out scientific and teaching activities first as a researcher and then as an associate professor (since 2015) at the University of Padua. He worked as forest entomologist in many international universities including Belgium (17 months), UK (7 months), Austria (3 months), Sweden (6 months), Spain (6 months), USA (4 months), New Zealand (4 months), Argentina (3 months).

The scientific activity concerns wood-boring beetles of forest ecosystems, and can be grouped into the following research areas:

1) Bio-ecology and control of wood-boring beetles: host tree selection mechanisms; Integrated Pest Management (IPM) through semiochemicals and natural enemies; study of tritrophic relationships among insect – associated fungi – host plants.

2) Climate change and biological invasions: effects of climate change on populations dynamics of both native and exotic forest wood-boring beetles; interception and monitoring of exotic species; study of biological invasion mechanisms and their containment.

3) Systematics of European bark beetles with record of new species, systematic reviews, prepararation of morphological keys and description of new species.

Faccoli M., 2009. Effect of weather on Ips typographus (Coleoptera Curculionidae) phenology, voltinism, and associated spruce mortality in the southeastern Alps. Environmental Entomology, 38: 307-316.

Kirkendall, L.R., Faccoli, M., 2010. Bark beetles and pinhole borers (Curculionidae, Scolytinae, Platypodinae) alien to Europe. ZooKeys, 56: 227-251.

Marini L., Ayres M.P. Battisti, A., Faccoli M., 2012. Climate affects severity and altitudinal distribution of outbreaks in an eruptive bark beetle. Climatic Change, 115: 327-341.

Rassati D., Faccoli M., Petrucco Toffolo E., Battisti A., Marini L., 2015. Improving the early detection of alien wood-boring beetles in ports and surrounding forests. Journal of Applied Ecology, 52: 50-58.

Ramsfield T.D., Bentz, B.J., Faccoli, M., Jactel, H., Brockerhoff, E.G., 2016. Forest health in a changing world: Effects of globalization and climate change on forest insect and pathogen impacts. Forestry, 89: 245-252.