Academic career and teaching activities

- Scientific philosophy -

Rocchini, D., Neteler, M. (2012). Let the four freedoms paradigm apply to ecology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 27: 310[U+2013]311. [5years-IF: 18.350] doi:


- Ecological philosophy -

@TEDxTrento September 6th 2015, Pale di San Martino, The Dolomites,
elevation 2200 metres! -


- Scientometrics -
[ISI Web of Science Core Collection]
Number of papers: 144
h-index: 32
Number of citations: 3063
Citing articles: 2026
Mean number of citations per paper: 21.27


- Flash CV -

Duccio Rocchini is a Professor in Biology and Ecology at the University of Trento, Italy. He attained his PhD in 2005 under the supervision of Prof. Alessandro Chiarucci, dealing with remote sensing applied to the study of plant communities.
After having collaborated with international institutions like U.S. Geological Survey, University of Nottingham (School of Geography, UK), Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (India), University of California Los Angeles (Department of Geography, US), he joined the Fondazione Edmund Mach in Trento in 2009, in the Dr. Markus Neteler's GIS and Remote Sensing group, promoting open source algorithms for ecology. His main research interests are related to plant community ecology, biodiversity analysis at multiple spatial scales, species distribution modelling, spatial and computational ecology and ecological remote sensing.
Over the years he promoted the use of remote sensing for the study of plant biological invasions and biodiversity change in space and time, publishing more than 140 ISI papers on this theme.
He is continuing this activity in projects like the H2020 ECOPOTENTIAL or the H2020 TRUSTEE.
He is currently Associate Editor in computational ecology (Ecological Informatics) and in plant ecology (Journal of Vegetation Science, Applied Vegetation Science) and cjournals.
His view on climate change impact on plant diversity in mountain ecosystems has been part of a recent TEDx talk (, under the impressive beauty of the Dolomites at an elevation 2200 metres! 


- Research Interests -
Biodiversity analysis at multiple spatial scales | Computational Ecology | Ecological Informatics | Landscape Ecology | Plant community Ecology | Remote sensing | Spatial Ecology | Spatio-ecological modelling by open source software | Species Distribution Modelling

- Editorial Activity -

Associate Editor, Journal of Vegetation Science, 5years-IF: 3.574, Wiley
Associate Editor, Applied Vegetation Science, 5years-IF: 2.377, Wiley

Academic Editor, PLoS ONE, 5years-IF: 3.394

Subject Associate Editor - GIS and Remote Sensing, Ecological Informatics, 5years-IF: 2.290, Elseìvier


- Main ongoing projects -

H2020 ECOPOTENTIAL: Associate Partner

H2020 TRuStEE: Partner and member of the Supervisory Board,

EU LIFE FutureForCoppiceS: Workpackage Coordinator


- Epic ended projects -

FP7 EU BON, Workpackage Deputy Leader and Task leader

FP7 BiodivERsA DIARS, FP7 ERA NET SCHEME, Workpackage Leader

FP7 COST ACTION TD1202 Mapping and the Citizen Sensor, Member of the Management Committee


- Publications -

- All pubs -

All pubs in international scientific journals can be found here:

or here:


- Hot off the press -

Zellweger, F., De Frenne, P., Lenoir, J., Rocchini, D., Coomes, D. (in press). Advances in microclimate ecology arising from remote sensing. Trends in Ecology & Evolution. [5years-IF: 19.349]. doi:

- Top cited podium -

[ISI Web of Science]

1. Gillespie, T.W., Foody, G.M., Rocchini, D., Giorgi, A.P., Saatchi, S. (2008). Measuring and
modeling biodiversity from space. Progress in Physical Geography, 32: 203-221. [5years-
IF: 4.435] doi:

2. Rocchini, D., Hortal, J., Lengyel, S., Lobo, J.M., Jim[U+00E9]nez-Valverde, A., Ricotta, C., Bacaro, G., Chiarucci, A. (2011). Accounting for uncertainty when mapping species distributions: The need for maps of ignorance. Progress in Physical Geography, 35: 211-226. [5years-IF: 4.435] doi:

3. Rocchini, D., Balkenhol, N., Carter, G.A., Foody, G.M. Gillespie, T.W., He, K.S., Kark, S., Levin, N., Lucas, K., Luoto, M., Nagendra, H., Oldeland, J., Ricotta, C., Southworth, J., Neteler, M. (2010). Remotely sensed spectral heterogeneity as a proxy of species diversity: recent advances and open challenges. Ecological Informatics, 5: 318-329. [5years-IF: 2.290] doi:


- Top beloved podium -

1. Rocchini, D., Luque, S., Pettorelli, N., Bastin, L., Doktor, D., Faedi, N., Feilhauer, H., Féret, J.-B., Foody, G.M., Gavish, Y., Godinho, S., Kunin, W.E., Lausch, A., Leitao, P.J., Marcantonio, M., Neteler, M., Ricotta, C., Schmidtlein, S., Vihervaara, P., Wegmann, M., Nagendra, H. (2018). Measuring $\beta$-diversity by remote sensing: a challenge for biodiversity monitoring. Methods in Ecology and Evolution, 9: 1787-1798. [5years-IF: 9.881] doi:

2. Schmeller, D., Weatherdon, L., Loyau, A., Bondeau, A., Brotons, L., Brummitt, N., Geijzendorffer, I., Haase, P., Kuemmerlen, M., Martin, C., Mihoub, J.-B., Rocchini, D., Saarenmaa, H., Stoll, S., Regan, E. (2017). A suite of essential biodiversity variables for detecting critical biodiversity change. Biological Reviews, 93: 55-71. [5years-IF: 11.740] doi:

3. Rocchini, D., Andreini Butini, S., Chiarucci, A. (2005). Maximizing plant species inventory efficiency by means of remotely sensed spectral distances. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 14: 431-437. [5years-IF: 7.530] doi:


- Fancy news -