Giulia Ferrari

Coordinatore GPMGPM


I am an applied ecologist interested in exploring the ecological determinants governing small mammal populations and communities and the implications on diseases' incidence and circulation. With a special focus on boreal and alpine habitats, I look into the effects of climate, environmental and global change on small mammals' population demography and community composition, which in turn affect the host-parasite/vector-pathogen systems. I gained a PhD degree at the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences with a thesis titled "Small mammals in a changing world: distributional, demographic and behavioral responses to environmental heterogeneity with implications for host-parasite-pathogen relationships". I am also the coordinator and data curator of the bottom-up research initiative EUROSMALLMAMMALS, whose aim is to study the ecology of small mammals across the European latitudinal gradient. Currently, I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Fondazione Edmund Mach working on the effect of wildlife biodiversity, intended of small, meso and large vertebrates, on the hosts-vectors-pathogens dynamics.




1. Habitat Suitability Models, for ecological study of the alpine marmot in the central Italian Alps [2017]
Galluzzi, M., Armanini, M., Ferrari, G., Zibordi, F., Scaravelli, D., Chirici, G., Nocentini S., & Mustoni, A., 2017. Ecological Informatics, 37, 10 -17.
2. Footprint tunnels are effective for detecting dormouse species [2020]
Melcore, I., Ferrari, G., & Bertolino, S., Mammal review, 50(3), 226-230.
3. First Record of Hepatozoon spp. in Alpine Wild Rodents: Implications and Perspectives for Transmission Dynamics across the Food Web [2022]
Ferrari, G., Girardi, M., Cagnacci, F., Devineau, O., & Tagliapietra, V. Microorganisms, 10(4), 712.
4. Food resources drive rodent population demography mediated by seasonality and inter-specific competition [2022]
Ferrari G., Devineau O., Tagliapietra V., Johnsen K., Ossi F., Cagnacci F. bioRxiv

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Associazione Teriologica Italiana Onlus
Dipartimento di Biologia e Biotecnologie "Charles Darwin"
Università di Roma "La Sapienza" - Viale dell'Università, 32
I-00185 Roma (RM)