Francesca Cagnacci

Francesca Cagnacci
pas labex
pas Eurias

dates de séjour

01/02/2021 - 13/07/2021


Sciences de la terre, de l’environnement et du climat

Fonction d’origine

Chercheur senior

Institution d’origine

Animal Ecology at Fondazione Edmund Mach, Research and Innovation Centre (FEM/CRI), Trento (Italie)

pays d'origine


projet de recherche

Reconciling Mountain Economies with Changing Alpine Ecosystems to Export a New Resilience Model to Global Change (2EcoChange).

2EConnect’ develops along twoaxes, and one longitudinal modelling platform, or the 2Ecosystem: Ecology in interaction withEconomy, throughGovernance. The generalobjectives are1) to reconcile the knowledgeof Ecological science and Economics related to a system (the Alpine region) exposed to climate and global change, 2)providing a new resilience modelaccounting both for the biodiversity and socio-economicvalue of the region.
The general outputs are respectively1)the 2EcoRating Matrix, providing a standardizedand exportable evaluation tool for the past, current,and perspective values/challenges/opportunities in terms of ecosystems and socio-economic systems; 2)an integrated 2Eco Modelof Resilience of the region based on these background knowledge. Further, the 2Eco model will be trainedin real policy and governance frameworkswithin the region, to evaluate its actual applicability.


I am a behavioral and conservation ecologist with research emphasis on effects of climate and global change on animal spatial distribution and movement in an ecosystemic context. My research interests span management and conservation practices at different spatial scales, ecosystem services, terrestrial mammalogy, ecology of wildlife diseases and host-parasite dynamics. I am a permanent senior researcher at the Research and Innovation Centre at Edmund Mach Foundation for agriculture and environmental studies, in the Italian Alps. I previously worked as a post- graduate researcher at the University of Bern-CH, the Central Science Laboratory- UK, the Centre for Alpine Ecology- Italy, after graduating as a MSc at the Universities of Milano and Siena, and as a PhD at the University of Siena. I am also a Faculty affiliate at the College of Forestry and Conservation, at the University of Montana, partner of the Environmental Research Doctoral Training Partnership at the University of Oxford, member of the International Research School in Applied Ecology at the Inland College University of Norway, partner of the Next generation animal tracking – deciphering the ecological code Network at University of Antwerp. I was selected as the 2015-2016 Hrdy Fellow and Professor in Conservation Biology at the University of Harvard. I am certified Associate professor in Ecology and Full professor in Zoology (Italian Ministry of Research Evaluation Panel). I am Faculty Board member of the PhD School ‘Agrifood and Enviornmental Sciences’ at University of Trento. I have been leading or advising field projects for 20 years on terrestrial mammals, from rodents to large herbivores and carnivores, in a diversity of environments and conservation areas in Europe, North and South America, with a special focus on mountainous and alpine environments. I have initiated and I coordinate the bottom-up research consortium EUROMAMMALS, including more than 100 institutions to study mammal species at the continental scale, under climatic and human-impact gradients. My active network further includes the top research institutions and universities in North America (UC, Berkeley, Harvard U., Princeton U., Columbia U., Penn State U., U. of Wyoming, U. of Florida, USGS, Fish and Game Wyoming and Idaho, U. of Alberta). I sit on editorial boards, steering committees and evaluation panels of scientific journals, societies, associations and research grant agencies involved in ecology research and policy assessments in Europe and North America. I am currently co-chair of the prestigious Gordon Research Conferences in Movement Ecology of Animals. I have more than 70 peer- reviewed contribution as scientific journal articles and book chapters.