Development of species distribution models using data from national surveys to estimate species densities across large areas and predict how abundance may vary in the future as a consequence of climate and land use change.
Analyses of ring recovery data for survival estimation.
Preparation of manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.
Jan 2004 – PhD Natural and Environmental Sciences ‘Assessment of forest quality in the province of Bergamo using bioindicators’ (University of Milano)
Mar 2000 - MSc Environmental Sciences (University of Milano-Bicocca)
Research Interests/ Responsibilities
I have a broad interest in conservation biology and, particularly, in developing models aimed at:
- improving our knowledge of the relationships between species and habitat;
- predicting the effects of climate and land-use change on populations;
- estimating survival and other demographic parameters from mark-recapture or recovery data;
- analysing population dynamics.
Renwick, A.R., Massimino, D., Newson, S.E., Chamberlain, D.E., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., & Johnston, A. 2012. Modelling changes in species’ abundance in response to projected climate change. Diversity and distribution 18: 121-132.
Ambrosini, R., Bani, L., Massimino, D., Fornasari, L., & Saino, N. 2011. Large-scale spatial distribution of breeding Barn Swallows Hirundo rustica in relation to cattle farming. Bird Study 58: 495-505.
Ambrosini, R., Orioli, V., Massimino, D., & Bani, L. 2011. Identification of putative wintering areas and ecological determinants of population dynamics of Common House-Martin Delichon urbicum and Common Swift Apus apus breeding in Northern Italy. Avian Conservation and Ecology 6: Article Number: 3.
Massimino, D., Orioli, V., Pizzardi, F., Massa, R. & Bani, L. 2010. Usefulness of coarse grain data on forest management to improve bird abundance models. Italian Journal of Zoology 77: 71-80.
Bani, L., Massimino, D., Orioli, V., Bottoni, L. & Massa, R. 2009. Assessment of population trends of common breeding birds in Lombardy, northern Italy, 1992-2007. Ethology Ecology and Evolution 21: 27-44.
Massimino, D., Orioli, V., Massa, R. & Bani, L. 2008. Population trend assessment at large spatial scale: integrating data collected with heterogeneous sampling schemes by means of habitat modelling. Ethology Ecology and Evolution 20: 141-153.
Massimino, D., Masin, S., Bani, L., Dranzoa, C. & Massa, R. 2008. Partial recovery of an African rainforest bird community 35 years after logging. Ethology Ecology and Evolution 20: 391-399.
Bani, L., Massimino, D., Bottoni, L. & Massa, R. 2006. A multi-scale method for selecting indicator species and priority conservation areas: a case study for broadleaved forests in Lombardy, Italy. Conservation Biology 20: 512-526.
Massa, R., Bani, L., Massimino, D. & Bottoni, L. 2002. Forest biodiversity evaluated by means of bird communities [in Italian]. Lombardy Region, Milano.
Email: dario [dot] massimino [at] bto [dot] org
Telephone: 01842 750050
Fax: 01842 750030
Postal address: British Trust for Ornithology, The Nunnery, Thetford, IP24 2PU, UK.