Leonardo Montagnani

Full Professor

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Italian National Scientific Qualification as Associate Professor in Ecology, in Geophysics and in Science and Technology of Tree and Forest Systems, 2014.

PhD in Forest Ecology, University of Padua, Padova, 2000

Degree in Forest Sciences, University of Tuscia, Viterbo,110 cum laude, 1996

Academic experience

Assistant Professor at the Free University of Bolzano, Faculty of Science and Technology. Teaching at the International Master in Mountain Environment (EMMA), course of Agroecosystems (2016-2023).

Contract Professor for the course of Biochemistry and Physiology of Agricultural Plants, Faculty of Science and Technology, Free University of Bolzano, Bolzano, Italy (2012-2013).

Research activity

  • Areas of scientific interest

Physiological plant ecology; micrometeorology in forest and agricultural systems; biosphere-atmosphere interactions; carbon and water biogeochemical cycles.

  • Research projects

2019-2021. ASTER. Atmospheric boundary-layer modeling over complex terrain. Part of the proposal team. Euregio Project. Project PI: Manuela Lehner.

2018-2019. Bioter. Analisi della diversità biologica e funzionale dei terrazzamenti nel Parco Nazionale della Valgrande. Funder: Parco Nazionale Val Grande. 20,000 Euro, Project PI.

2017-2019. CliMicrobe. Temperature sensitivity of heterotrophic respiration in soil: can be teabags weight loss and Acidobacteria density adequate methods for its determination? UNIBZ Faculty call. 20,150 Euro. Project PI.

2017-2019. GreenCITIES. Urban green in an interdisciplinary perspective – Environmental impact, cost-benefit, and human perception. Interdisciplinary UNIBZ project. 200,000 Euro. Part of the proposal team. PI: Stefan Zerbe.

2016-2018. WEST. Water use efficiency across land use types in South Tyrol. FaST call, 100,000 Euro. Part of the proposal team. PI: Massimo Tagliavini.

2013-2015. The Influence of vegetation on carbon fluxes and soil carbon accumulation after glacier retreat. UNIBZ, 50,000 Euro. PI: Stefan Zerbe.

2010-2013. Greenhouse gas management in European land use systems (GHG-Europe).  Project funded by European Commission, Seventh Framework Program (FP7), EU contract No. 244122.

2008-2011. Assessing the potential for CO2 sequestration by apple orchards in South Tyrol. Autonomous Province of Bolzano call. 120,000 Euro. Part of the proposal team. PI: Massimo Tagliavini.

Conference organizations

European Geosciences Union General Assembly, Terrestrial Biogeosciences, BG2.3. Patterns and drivers of GHG assimilation and release in natural and agricultural ecosystems, 2012.

Editorial and reviewer activity

Editor for: PeerJ (2017 to present), Sustainability (2018 to present), Frontiers in Forests and Atmosphere (2018 to present).

In the reviewer board for: Remote Sensing.

Reviewer for: Advances in Meteorology; Agricultural and Forest Meteorology; Agriculture, Ecosystem & Environment; Agricultural Water Management; Atmospheric Measurement Techniques; Biogeosciences; Ecological Modelling; Frontiers in Forests and Global Change; Geoderma; Global Change Biology; iForest; ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing; Journal of Coastal Research; Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres; Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences. Journal of Hydrometeorology; Scientific Reports; Pedosphere; Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society; PlosOne; Remote Sensing; Science of the Total Environment; Sustainability; Tellus-B.

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