Lorenzo Marini



Prof. Marini graduated at the University of Padova in Forest Sciences in 2003 and hold a PhD in Environmental Agronomy. After several research experiences abroad, he has started his research group opening several PhDs and post-docs positions by attracting European (FP7, H2020), national and regional research funding. His teaching activity at the University of Padova focuses on applied entomology and ecology.

Prof. Marini has developed wide and diversified research interests in biodiversity and ecosystem services, global change biology, and invasion biology of insects. His overarching research aim is to understand the impact of multiple human-induced pressures on insect diversity and associated ecosystem services and to provide management solutions to mitigate their negative effects. Prof. Marini has used multiple approaches including manipulative experiments, observational studies, and macro-ecological analyses. He addresses pressing environmental questions in both agricultural and natural ecosystems using arthropods as model organisms. He works mainly in five research areas: 1) Conservation biocontrol and pollination; 2) Landscape and community ecology of pests, natural enemies and pollinators; 3) Insect species diversity and conservation; 4) Population dynamics of insect pests in forest ecosystems; 5) Invasion ecology of exotic pests.

Marini L., Jactel H., Ayres M. (2022) Impact of stand and landscape management on forest pest damage. Annual Review of Entomology, 67 ,181-199.

Lami F., Bartomeus I., Nardi D., Beduschi T., Boscutti F., Pantini P., Santoiemma G., Scherber C., Tscharntke T., Marini L. (2021) Species-habitat networks elucidate landscape effects on habitat specialization of natural enemies and pollinators. Ecology Letters 24, 288-297.

Tamburini G., Santoiemma G., O’Rourke M., Bommarco R., Chaplin-Kramer R., Dainese M., Karp D.S., Kim T.N., Martin E.A., Petersen M., Marini L. (2020) Species traits elucidate crop pest response to landscape composition: A global analysis. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 287, 1937.

Marini L., Bartomeus I., Rader R., Lami F. (2019) Species-habitat networks: A tool to improve landscape management for conservation. Journal of Applied Ecology 56, 923-928.

Marini L., Økland B., Jönsson A.M., Bentz B., Carroll A., Forster B., Grégoire J.-C., Hurling R., Nageleisen L.M., Netherer S., Weed A., Schroeder M. (2017) Climate drives bark beetle outbreak dynamics in Norway spruce forests. Ecography 40, 1426-1435.