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Duccio Rocchini

ducciorocchini[at], duccio.rocchini[at]

I am a permanent researcher at Fondazione Edmund Mach. I am devoted to the spatial distribution of biodiversity, as expressed in this TEDx talk.

Here is our philosophy:

Rocchini, D., Neteler, M. (2012). Let the four freedoms paradigm apply to ecology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 27: 310–311. (IF2014: 16.196) [PDF]

My main research interests:

  • Species distribution modelling
  • Biodiversity estimate by remote sensing
  • Spatial modelling by open source software
  • Statistical analysis of spatial and ecological data

 Main ongoing projects:

Scientometrics (ISI Thomson Institute - Web of Science):

  • Number of papers: 103
  • Sum of the Times Cited: 1538
  • Citing Articles: 967
  • Average Citations per Item: 14.79
  • h-index: 21

Other DBs: Google Scholar Profile | Scopus ID Profile

Editorial Activity

I am currently Editor of the following journals

and Referee of:

Global Ecology and Biogeograghy, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Conservation Biology, Ecography, Journal of Biogeography, Diversity and Distribution, Remote Sensing of Environment, Environmental Modelling and Software, Environmental Pollution, Ecosystems, Ecography, Landscape Ecology, Biogeosciences, Biological Conservation, Journal of Vegetation Science, Landscape and Urban Planning, Biodiversity and Conservation, Ecological Modelling, Acta Oecologica, Plant Ecology, International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Journal of Environmental Management, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Letters, Applied Vegetation Science, Ecological Informatics, Environmetrics, International Journal of Remote Sensing, Journal of Earth System Science, Community Ecology,
Plant Biosystems, Wetlands Ecology and Management,
Book reviewer, Isprs Highlights
Book reviewer, Ecoscience
Book reviewer, The Photogrammetric Record

My pubs - My [preferred] top ten -

  1. Rocchini, D., Neteler, M. (2012). Let the four freedoms paradigm apply to ecology. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 27: 310-311. [DOI | PDF] (IF2014: 16.196)
  2. Rocchini, D., McGlinn, D., Ricotta, C., Neteler, M., Wohlgemuth, T. (2011). Landscape complexity and spatial scale influence the relationship between remotely sensed spectral diversity and survey based plant species richness. Journal of Vegetation Science. 22(4): 688-698 [DOI | PDF] (IF2014: 3.709)
  3. Rocchini, D. (2007). Effects of spatial and spectral resolution in estimating ecosystem a-diversity by satellite imagery. Remote Sensing of Environment, 111: 423-434. [DOI | PDF] (IF2014: 6.393)
  4. 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. [DOI | PDF] (IF2014: 6.531)
  5. 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. [DOI | PDF] [IF2014: 1.727] 3rd TOP CITED paper since  its publication.
  6. Rocchini, D., Hortal, J., Lengyel, S., Lobo, J.M., Jiménez-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. [PDF] (IF2014: 2.612)
  7. He, K.S., Rocchini, D., Neteler, M., Nagendra, H. (2011). Benefits of hyperspectral remote sensing for tracking plant invasions. Diversity and Distributions, 17: 381-392. [DOI | PDF] - AMONG THE TOP 7 READ PAPERS FROM JAN TO AUG 2011 (IF2014: 3.667)
  8. Rocchini, D., Andreo, V., Förster, M., Garzon-Lopez, C.X., Gutierrez, A.P., Gillespie ,T.W., Hauffe, H.C., He, K.S., Kleinschmit, B., Mairota, P., Marcantonio, M., Metz, M., Nagendra, H., Pareeth, S., Ponti, L., Ricotta, C., Rizzoli, A., Schaab, G., Zebisch, M., Zorer, R., Neteler, M. (2015). Potential of remote sensing to predict species invasions: A modelling perspective. Progress in Physical Geography, 39: 283-309. [DOI | PDF] (IF2014: 2.612)
  9. 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. [DOI | PDF] (IF2014: 2.612)
  10. Rocchini, D., Foody, G.M., Nagendra, H., Ricotta, C., Anand, M., He, K.S., Amici, V., Kleinschmit, B., Förster, M., Schmidtlein, S., Feilhauer, H., Ghisla, A., Metz, M., Neteler, M. (2013). Uncertainty in ecosystem mapping by remote sensing. Computers and Geosciences, 50: 128-135. [DOI | PDF] (IF2014: 2.054) - Top 2013 paper

See all papers @ the group page.

My pubs - Hot from the Press [latest amusing paper published] -

He, K.S., Bradley, B.A., Cord, A.F., Rocchini, D., Tuanmu, M.-N., Schmidtlein, S., Turner, W.,
Wegmann, M., Pettorelli, N. (2015). Will remote sensing shape the next generation of species
distribution models? Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, 1: 4-18. [DOI | PDF]

My pubs - Haphazard paper [like in the "Today's Chef's suggestion"] -

Rocchini, D., Hernández Stefanoni, J.L., He, K.S. (2015). Advancing species diversity estimate by remotely sensed proxies: a conceptual review. Ecological Informatics, 25: 22-28. [PDF | code] (IF: 1.727)

My pubs - Book chapters -

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