Dario Massimino

 

Position

Research Ecologist

Role

I work on a range of projects aimed at modelling species distribution, understanding the effects of recent climate change, predicting the effects of climate change on bird populations, assessing bird population trends and producing biodiversity indicators.

Qualifications

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

My research interests mainly focus on the analysis of large datasets to answer questions relevant to wildlife conservation. I am particularly interested in studying the effects of climate change and predicting its long-term consequences on bird populations. I am also interested in understanding the effects of climate change on bird phenology. I am responsible for developing and running software for the assessment of species population trends from Breeding Bird Survey (BBS) and Wetland Bird Survey (WeBS) data, and for the production of the Wild Bird Population Indicators.

Selected Publications

Dondina, O., Orioli. V., Massimino, D., Pinoli, G., Bani, L. 2015. A method to evaluate the combined effect of tree species composition and woodland structure on indicator birds. Ecological indicators 55: 44-51.
 
Harris, S.J., Massimino, D., Newson, S.E., Eaton, M.A., Balmer, D.E., Noble, D.G., Musgrove, A.J., Gillings, S., Procter, D. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2015. The Breeding Bird Survey 2014. BTO Research Report 673. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford. 
 
Massimino, D., Johnston, A., Noble, D., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2015. Multi-species spatially-explicit indicators reveal spatially structured trends in bird communities. Ecological Indicators 58: 277-285.
 
Massimino, D., Johnston, A., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2015. The geographical range of British birds expands during 15 years of warming. Bird Study 62: 523-534.
 

Tayleur, C., Caplat, P., Massimino, D., Johnston, A., Jonzén, N., Smith, H.G., Lindström, Å. 2015. Swedish birds are tracking temperature but not rainfall: evidence from a decade of abundance changes. Global Ecology and Biogeography 24: 859-872.

Henderson, I., Calladine, J., Massimino, D., Taylor, J.A., Gillings, S. 2014. Evidence for contrasting causes of population change in two closely related, sympatric breeding species the Whinchat Saxicola rubetra and Stonechat Saxicola torquata in Britain. Bird Study 61: 553-565.

 

Johnston, A., Newson, S.E., Risely, K., Musgrove, A.J., Massimino, D., Baillie, S.R., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2014. Species traits explain variation in detectability of UK birds. Bird Study 61: 340-350.

Harris, S.J., Risely, K., Massimino, D., Newson, S.E., Eaton, M.A., Musgrove, A.J., Noble, D.G., Procter, D., Baillie, S.R. 2014. The Breeding Bird Survey 2013. BTO Research Report 658. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford.

Baillie, S.R., Marchant, J.H., Leech, D.I., Massimino, D., Eglington, S.M., Johnston, A., Noble, D.G., Barimore, C., Kew, A.J., Downie, I.S., Risely, K., Robinson, R.A. 2014, BirdTrends 2013: trends in numbers, breeding success and survival for UK breeding birds. Research Report 652. BTO, Thetford.

Newson, S.E., Massimino, D., Johnston, A., Baillie, S.R., & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2013. Should we account for detectability in population trends? Bird Study 60: 384-390.

Risely, K., Massimino, D., Newson, S.E., Eaton, M.A., Musgrove, A.J., Noble, D.G., Procter, D. & Baillie, S.R. 2013.  The Breeding Bird Survey 2012. BTO Research Report 645.  British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford.

Baillie, S.R., Marchant, J.H., Leech, D.I., Massimino, D., Eglington, S.M., Johnston, A., Noble, D.g., Barimore, C., Kew, A.J., Downie, I.S., Risely, K., Robinson, R.A. 2013. BirdTrends 2012.

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.

Risely, K., Massimino, D., Johnston, A., Newson, S.E., Eaton, M.A., Musgrove, A.J., Noble, D.G., Procter, D. & Baillie, S.R. 2012.  The Breeding Bird Survey 2011. BTO Research Report 624, British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford.

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. 

Contact Details

Email: dario.massimino [at] bto.org
Telephone: 01842 750050
Fax: 01842 750030
Postal address: British Trust for Ornithology, The Nunnery, Thetford, IP24 2PU, UK.