Dr. Giovanni (Gianni) Zurlini is full Professor of Ecology at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Technologies (DISTEBA) in the Faculty of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences at the University of Salento, Lecce (South Italy).
He directs the Landscape Ecology Laboratory (web site), working on the assessment of ecosystem health, goods and services, ecological risk assessment, and landscape ecology.
Dr. Giovanni Zurlini is the president of the Council of Environmental Sciences courses at the University of Salento and the proxy of University Rector for Environmental Sciences.
Prior to moving to Lecce in October 2000, he was director of the Center for Marine Science Investigations of the Italian Agency for Nuclear and Alternative Energy (ENEA) in La Spezia (north Italy), and served as senior research scientist at the National Research Council (CNR). He was Adjunct professor under contract at the Universities of Parma and Genoa.
Dr. Giovanni Zurlini received his Ph.D. from the University of Utrecht (NL) in 1980 in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, with a minor in Quantitative Ecology. He also has a Masters degree in Biology (Ecology) from the University of Parma.
He currently serves on the editorial board of three international academic journals, and is referee for a number of international journals. He was awarded by the University of Smolensk (Russia) and by the Ministry of Education of Chile. He has served as counsellor of the Italian National Society of Ecology, and as scientific responsible for the environmental information system of the Map of Italian Nature National Project, promoted by the Ministry of Environment and the Department of Technical Services of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. He has also served on the National Commission for Nature Protection. He is the Technical Expert for Italy of the CCSM/NATO pilot study on “Landscape sciences and landscape assessment”.
Dr. Zurlini’s research has focused on:
(a) main field: multiscale perspectives on ecosystem health and services, and ecological risk assessment, landscape ecology.
(b) other fields: socio-ecological systems assessment, environmental risk assessment; geographic information systems; remote sensing, EMAS (EcoManagement and Audit Scheme) registration.
(c) current research interest: development of multi-scale environmental indicators and indices linked to ecosystem to critical life-support environmental processes at scales ranging from communities to the entire globe; landscape models and assessment tools that can be applied at multiple scales; landscape change analysis and impacts to environmental resources and associated processes. He is the author or co-author of about 200 scientific papers.