Master in Biodiversity & Evolutionary Biology, University of Milan

The course aims to provide the students with theoretical and practical background for understanding, analysing and conserving biodiversity. The course will address the concept of biodiversity, the levels of genetic, species, functional and ecological diversity. Multiple aspects of biodiversity will be considered, including its origin and evolution, taxonomic and functional diversity, biogeography and macroecology, ecosystem functioning and services, the contribution of biodiversity to people and societies, threats to biodiversity, conservation strategies and ecosystem management.

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Plant Ecology

Master in Biogeosciences and Master in Plant Sciences, University of Milan

The course engages students in learning activities aimed at building in-depth knowledge and understanding of fundamental concepts in plant ecology. Students will familiarize with key ecological patterns, processes, and applications involving plants at individual, population, community, and ecosystem scale. A major goal of the course is to expand students' critical thinking skills and professional expertise. Students will first assess information from media and literature and will practice interpreting results and communicating findings to different audiences. Then, students will learn how to pose questions, formulate testable hypotheses, design, implement, analyse, and report plant ecology studies by conducting original scientific research projects.

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Alpine Plant Ecology

Summer School on Alpine Plant Life

Swiss Central Alps, 17–23 2022, with Christian Körner, Erika Hiltbrunner, and Sabine Rumpf (University of Basel). 

This graduate course is offered by the University of Basel and the Zürich-Basel Plant Science Center (PSC) for advanced biology students with basic plant science training. Course topics include microclimatology, ecophysiology, biodiversity, reproductive biology, vegetation and ecosystem ecology. The course includes lectures, field excursions and project work. 

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Previous edition: 14–20 July 2019.

Ecological Networks

Block course

University of Zurich, Spring Semester 2019, with Jordi Bascompte, Matthew Barbour, Miguel Fortuna, Luisjo Gilarranz, Carlos Melián.

This block course---aimed at bachelor (3rd year) and master students--- will be articulated around morning lectures and afternoon question-driven exercises. The lectures will provide an introduction to complex networks and their application to characterizing the structure and robustness of species interaction networks and spatial networks. The exercises will use a public repository of ecological networks that will be analyzed quantitatively by means of an open source interactive platform (Jupyter). These exercises will be complemented by the discussion of key papers.  Overall, this course will provide a way to look at old ecological topics such as community robustness or habitat fragmentation with novel quantitative approaches. The course may also be of interest for students interested in applying network theory to other fields. 

Community ecology


PhD in Ecology, Life Science Zurich Graduate School, Spring Semester 2016, with Christian Schöb.

The priority of nature conservation is to maintain and restore species and natural habitats of community interest. The aim of this course is to provide a broad overview over the basics of plant population, vegetation and ecosystem ecology essential to interpret the European Habitat Manual.  The course combines lectures, practical and excursions. The most important habitat types of Switzerland will be described in the field. We will analyze biodiversity patterns and ecological processes, and their implication in a context of local-to-global environmental changes.

Plant Systematics and Identification


PhD in Ecology, Life Science Zurich Graduate School, Spring Semester 2015.

The most important plant Families of the European flora will be presented, and participants will learn how to use dichotomous keys. Students will understand the specifics of grasslands and influence of the management of grasslands; get to know the functional groups in a meadow; learn how to do a vegetation survey, to identify plants and have an idea of how to deal with uncertainties; learn how the data of a vegetation survey can be analyzed with specific statistical tools of univariate and multivariate analyses.

Co-lecturer and classes

Botany. BSc Natural Sciences, University of Milan (03/2022–06/2022)

Quantitative methods in marine ecology and conservation. BSc Biology and Earth Science, Stanford University (02/2021, 01/2022)

Conservation Biology. BSc Biology and Human Biology, Stanford University (04/2020, 04/2021)

Scientific writing. MSc and PhD Environmental Science, Peking University (08/2016)

Ecology and Biodiversity, BSc Biology, University of Zurich (2015, 2016)

Introduction to Statistics, BSc Environmental Science, University of Zurich (FS 2015)

General and Systematic Botany, BSc Natural Science, University of Milan (2014)