Staff Research
Projects Publications Collaborations
Francesco Giannino


- PhD University of Naples, December 2002
- Graduation degree (laurea cum laude) in Mathematics, University of Naples Federico II, June 1997

Research interests
Vegetation modelling, C-cycle modelling, Fire modelling, Foraging modelling, Software tools and theoretical aspects, Landscape analysis and DSS

ERMES – Environmental Response of Mediterranean EcoSystems, Commission of the European Communities DG- XII ENV4-CT95-0181 ModMED I - Modelling Mediterranean Ecosystem Dynamics, Commission of the European Union contract EV5V-CT94-0489 ModMED II - Modelling Mediterranean Ecosystem Dynamics, Commission of the European Union contract ENV4-CT95-0139 ModMED III - Modelling Mediterranean Ecosystem Dynamics, Commission of the European Union contract ENV4 CT-97 0680 Lucifer – Land Use Change Interaction with Fire in  Mediterranean Landscapes, Commission of the European Union contract ENV4-CT96-0320 Modulus – A spatial Modelling tool for integrated environmental decision-making, Commission of the European Union contract ENV4-CT97-0685.
Ecoslope - Eco-engineering and Conservation of Slopes for Long-term Protection from Erosion, Landslides and Storms, Commission of the European Union contract contract  QLK5-2001-00289 FISR - MESCOSAGR: “Sustainable methods for organic carbon sequestration in agricultural soils. Evaluation of the effects on the chemical, physical, biological, and agronomical quality of soils.
PRIN 2005 "Effects of species diversity on litter production and decomposition in Mediterranean maquis: modelling analysis".
PRIN 2003 "Modelling analysis of C and N fluxes in mediterranean macchia: influence of spatial variability of vegetation cover".
PON - PETIT-OSA “Piattaforme Evolute di Telecomunicazioni e di Information Technology per l’Offerta di Servizi al settore Ambiente”.
EU Integrated Project Fire PARADOX "An Innovative Approach of Integrated Wildland Fire Management Regulating the Wildfire Problem by the Wise Use of Fire: Solving the Fire Paradox”.
Legge 5 Regione Campania “Modelling software tools: integration of system dynamic and GIS”.
HKKH 2008 -  DGCS “Institutional Consolidation for the Coordinated and Integrated Monitoring of Natural Resources towards Sustainable Development and Environmental Conservation in the Hindu Kush-Karakoram-Himalaya Mountain Complex”.

Selected list of publications

S. Mazzoleni, F. Giannino, Individual Based Community Model (IBCM), contribution to Mazzoleni & Legg (eds) (2001) ModMED: Modelling Mediteterranean Ecosystem Dynamics, Final Report ModMED Projecte, EU-DGXII Enviromental (IV)  Framework, ENV4-CT97-0680, pag. 261-292.
Mazzoleni, S. Bonanomi, G., Giannino, F., Rietkerk, M., Dekker, Zucconi, F. 2007. Is plant biodiversity driven by decomposition processes? An emerging new theory on plant diversity. Community Ecology 8: 103-109.
Bonanomi G., Giannino F., Mazzoleni S. 2005. Negative plant-soil feedback and species coexistence. Oikos 111:311-321.
S. Mazzoleni, F. Giannino, M. Amato, R. Gucci and G. Toraldo, Individual based model of plant communities, Mathematical Modelling & Computing in Biology and Medicine, V. Capasso (Ed)., The MIRIAM Project Series, Esculapio Pub., 2003, pp. 288-294.
S. Mazzoleni, F. Rego, F. Giannino and C. Legg, Vegetation and disturbance in Environmental Modelling: Finding Simplicity in Complexity, J. Wainwright, and M. Mulligan, (Eds), John Wiley and Sons. 2003.
Cascone C., Giannino F., Russo D., Mazzoleni S. (2005). Dinamiche di Metapopolazione e gestione di ambienti multi-patch: modellizzazione. In: Conservazione e Gestione degli Ecosistemi. Conservazione e Gestione degli Ecosistemi, XIV Congresso SITE and Society for Conservation Biology.
Esposito S., Giannino F., Russo D., Mazzoleni S. (2007). Applicazioni modellistiche individual-based al problema del foraggiamento. In: Cambiamenti Globali, Diversità Ecologica e Sostenibilità. Cambiamenti Globali, Diversità Ecologica e Sostenibilità, XVI congresso Società italiana di Ecologia.
S. Mazzoleni, F. Giannino, M. Colandrea, M. Nicolazzo, J. Massheder, Integration of System Dynamics Models and Geography Information Systems, in Modelling and Simulation '2003, B. Di Martino, L.T. Yang, C. Bobeanu (eds), Eurosis-Eti, 2003, 304-306.
Mazzoleni S., Giannino F., Mulligan M., Heathfield D., Colandrea M., Nicolazzo M. and D'Aquino M. (2006). A new raster-based spatial modelling system: 5D environment. In: Voinov A., Jakeman A., Rizzoli A., Summit on Environmental Modelling and Software. (vol. 1). ISBN/ISSN: 1-4243-0852-6.
Mazzoleni S., Giannino F., Beccarisi L., Ricotta C., 2008. Comparison of fire model tool. Deliverable D6.2-3 of the Integrated project “Fire Paradox”, Project no. FP6-018505, European Commission, 43 p.
F. Salerno, E. Cuccillato, R. Muetzelfeldt, F. Giannino, B. Bajracharya, P. Caroli, G. Viviano, A. Staiano, F. Carteni’, S. Mazzoleni, G. Tartari (2008). “Concept maps for combining hard and soft system thinking in the management of socio-ecosystem.” Proc. of the Third Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. A. J. Cañas, P. Reiska, M. Åhlberg & J. D. Novak, Eds. Tallinn, Estonia & Helsinki, Finland, 2008.
Salerno F, Viviano G, Thakuri S, Flury B, Maskey RK, Khanal SN, Bhuju D, Carrer M, Bhochhibhoya S, Melis T, Giannino F, Staiano A, Carteni F, Mazzoleni S, Cogo A, Sapkota A, Shrestha S, Pandey RK, Manfredi EC (2010). Energy, Forest, and Indoor Air Pollution Models for Sagarmatha National Park and Buffer Zone, Nepal Implementation of a Participatory Modeling Framework. Mountain Research and Development, pp. 113-126. Vol. 30.
Salerno F, Cuccillato E, Caroli P, Bajracharya B, Manfredi EC, Viviano G, Thakuri S, Flury B, Basani M, Giannino F, Panzeri D (2010). Experience With a Hard and Soft Participatory Modeling Framework for Social-ecological System Management in Mount Everest (Nepal) and K2 (Pakistan) Protected Areas. Mountain Research and Development pp. 80-93, Vol. 30.
Esposito S., Incerti G., Giannino, F., Russo, D. & Mazzoleni S. (2010). Integrated modelling of foraging behaviour, energy budget and memory properties. Ecological Modelling 221: 1283-1291.
S. Mazzoleni, G. Bonanomi, F. Giannino, G. Incerti, S.C. Dekker, M. Rietkerk (2010). Modelling the effects of litter decomposition on tree diversity patterns. Ecological Modelling pp. 2784-2792, Vol. 221
Manfredi EC, Flury B, Viviano G, Thakuri S, Khanal SN, Jha PK, Maskey RK, Kayastha RB, Kafle KR, Bhochhibhoya S, Ghimire NP, Shrestha BB, Chaudhary G, Giannino F, Carteni F, Mazzoleni S, Salerno F (2010). Solid Waste and Water Quality Management Models for Sagarmatha National Park and Buffer Zone, Nepal Implementation of a Participatory Modeling Framework. Mountain Research and Development pp.127-142, Vol. 30.
G. Incerti, G. Bonanomi, F. Giannino, F.A. Rutigliano, D. Piermatteo, S. Castaldi, A. De Marco, A. Fierro, A. Fioretto, O. Maggi, S. Papa, A.M. Persiani, E. Feoli, A. Virzo De Santo, S. Mazzoleni, Litter decomposition in Mediterranean ecosystems: Modelling the controlling role of climatic conditions and litter quality, Applied Soil Ecology 49 (2011) 148-157.
C. Vincenot, F. Giannino, M. Rietkerk, K. Moriya, S. Mazzoleni, (2011) Theoretical considerations on the combined use of System Dynamics and individual-based modeling in ecology, Ecological Modelling, Volume 222, Issue 1, 10, pp. 210-218.
S. Mazzoleni, G. Bonanomi, F. Giannino, G. Incerti, D. Piermatteo, R. Spaccini and A. Piccolo (2012) New modelling approach to describe and predict carbon sequestration dy-namics in agricultural soils in Carbon Sequestration in Agricultural Soils, Alessandro Piccolo (Ed.) ISBN 978-3-642-23384-5 Springer (in press).
F. CartenÝ, A. Marasco, G. Bonanomi, S. Mazzoleni, M. Rietkerk, F. Giannino (2012). Negative plant soil feedback explaining ring formation in clonal plants. Journal of Theoretical Biology, vol. 313, p. 153-161, ISSN: 0022-5193, doi: 10.1016/j.jtbi.2012.08.008
S. Mazzoleni, F. Rego, F. Giannino, C. E. Vincenot, G. Pezzatti, C. Legg (2013). Vegetation and Disturbance. In: John Wainwright, Mark Mulligan. Environmental Modelling: Finding Simplicity in Complexity, Second Edition. p. 235-251, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., ISBN: 9780470749111, doi: 10.1002/9781118351475.ch14.
Marasco A, Iuorio A, Cartený F, Bonanomi G, Giannino F, Mazzoleni S. Water limitation and negative plant-soil feedback explain vegetation patterns along rainfall gradient. Procedia Environmental Sciences; 2013; 19:139-147.