Dario Massimino

Dario Massimino

Job Description

Research Ecologist

Role

Dario works 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)

Interests & Responsibilities

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

Recent BTO Publications

Dario Massimino & John Calladine 2017. Modelled abundance and change in abundance of Red Deer and Roe Deer in Scotland from Breeding Bird Survey data. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford PDF icon Download Report (761.78 KB)
Massimino, D., Johnston, A., Gillings, S., Jiguet, F. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2017. Projected reductions in climatic suitability for vulnerable British Birds.. Climatic Change View at journal website (DOI: 10.1007/s10584-017-2081-2)
Harris, S.J., Massimino, D., Gillings, S.E., Eaton, M.A, Noble, D.G., Balmer, D.E., Procter, D. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2017. The Breeding Bird Survey 2016. Research Report no. 700. British Trust for Ornithology, Thetford PDF icon Download Report (4.08 MB)
Harris, S.J., Massimino, D., Newson, S.E., Eaton, M.A., Marchant, J.H., Balmer, D.E., Noble, D.G., Gillings, S., Procter, D. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2016. The Breeding Bird Survey 2015. Research Report no. 687. Link to publication ISBN: 978-1-908581-69-3 23pp
Thackeray, S.J., Helaouet, P., Johns, D.G., Jones, I.D., Bacon, P.J., Brereton, T.M., Carvalho, L., Clutton-Brock, T.H., Duck, C., Edwards, M., Elliott, J.M., Hall, S.J.G., Harrington, R., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Pemberton, J.M., Sparks, T.H., Thompson, P.M., White, I., Winfield, I.J., Henrys, P.A., Hemming, D., Leech, D.I., Bell, J.R., Botham, M.S., Burthe, S., Mackay, E.B., Massimino, D., Høye, T.T., Kruuk, L.E.B., Wanless, S. & Atkinson, S. 2016. Phenological sensitivity to climate across taxa and trophic levels. Nature Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1038/nature18608)
Massimino, D., Johnston, A. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2015. The geographical range of British birds expands during 15 years of warming. Bird Study 62 (part 4) : 523-534 Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1080/00063657.2015.1089835)

Other publications

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.