Research topics


From Di Marco & Santini 2015, GCB

From Di Marco & Santini 2015, GCB

My research mainly aims at integrating macroecological knowledge in large-scale conservation analyses. Part of my research is dedicated to the understanding of macroecological patterns themselves, both at the intra- and inter-specific, and at the community level. I am interested in how species life history traits covary, and how to use these information for predictive purposes. I am also interested in understanding to what extent observed macroecological patterns are distorted by anthropogenic impact.

Large-scale conservation assessments

From Santini, Saura, Rondinini 2015, DDI (in press)

From Santini, Saura, Rondinini 2015, DDI

Part of my research is dedicated to large-scale conservation assessments. Particularly I have performed assessments on various aspects of protected area systems such as coverage and connectivity. I have also researched species conservation status trends in time, and projected their fate under alternative future scenarios. Also, I research how different biodiversity metrics respond under different scenarios of biodiversity decline, in order to improve our application and interpretation of diversity metrics for biodiversity monitoring.

Spatial ecology

Santini 2016 GCB

From Santini et al. 2016 GCB

I am interested in many aspects of species spatial ecology, especially those with strong relevance for
conservation biology, such as home range, population density and dispersal. I am fascinated by dispersal process in animals, and I have researched the ecological correlates of dispersal distance in mammals, their ability to shift their range under climate change scenarios, and functional connectivity.

Behavioural ecology

Santini, Rojas, Donati 2015, BE

Santini, Rojas, Donati 2015, BE

I conducted my master thesis in Madagascar, researching ringtail lemur (Lemur catta) 24h activity patterns. Since then, I kept researching activity patterns in primates focusing on macroevolutionary temporal trends, ecological predictors of species activity patterns, and activity pattern’s flexibility and responses to anthropogenic disturbance.