Adriano Mazziotta

Adriano Mazziotta


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Visiting address Kräftriket 2B
Postal address Stockholm Resilience Centre 106 91 Stockholm

About me

Mazziotta holds a position as postdoctoral researcher jointly financed by the Universities of Stockholm and Uppsala and currently situated within the Stockholm Resilience Centre, within the framework of the EKOCLIM research project. His main project partners include Professor Jon Norberg (SRC) and Professor Håkan Rydin (Uppsala University).
Mazziotta’s research at SRC is focused on evaluating the effects of climate change on biological systems, at different levels of complexity, spanning from genes to species to ecosystems. His main research goal is to evaluate the role of different mechanisms in determining the response capacity of the community to climatic changes. In particular he aims to disentangle how evolution, phenotypic plasticity, species sorting and dispersal as well as landscape permeability effect the “reaction norm” of the community along climatic gradients.

This research will shed light on how changes in climate are likely to affect the composition of selected “response” traits in the biological community and how in turn these biodiversity changes are expected to alter the climate via “effect” traits.

Mazziotta’s studies will be concentrated on the Swedish wetlands (bogs, fens and marshes), ecosystems at the boundary between land and water, which support specialized biodiversity providing, mainly via the process of peat accumulation, crucial ecosystem services for human wellbeing, such as climate regulation, water purification and flood attenuation.

Mazziotta tackles the challenges induced by global change for species and ecosystems via a combination of statistical methods, including descriptive and predictive modelling approaches, and geo-statistical techniques. Data on wetlands species and environment at national and European level will be obtained by existing extensive datasets (the Swedish VMI) as well as by standardized sampling and transplantation experiments (“common-garden experiments”).

More generally, Mazziotta’s past and current research work is focused the following questions: (1) what are the factors causing biodiversity loss and the best strategies to protect biodiversity, under the threats of habitat loss and degradation in a human-dominated world and in a changing climate?; (2) how ecosystems alter their structure and processes in response to natural and anthropogenic disturbance?; (3) what is the role of biodiversity in sustaining the flow of goods and services from nature and what are the trade-offs and synergies among them?; (4) how to restore ecosystems´ naturalness to improve their biodiversity value degraded by human use?. He addresses these questions for terrestrial systems employing mainly correlative and process-based modelling approaches. The spacial extent of his studies spans from local to regional and national scales. The types of ecosystems he has been working on are mainly Palearctic grasslands, forests and wetlands with Mediterranean, temperate and boreal climates.

Last updated: April 3, 2018

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