Dr. Giorgio Matteucci (CNR-IBAF) is the coordinator of the project.
He graduated (summa cum laude) in 1991 in Forest Science at the University of Tuscia (Viterbo, Italy), hold a PhD in Forest Ecology from the University of Padova (Italy, 1998).
Between 1998 and 2001 he was a post-doc working on carbon budget of forest ecosystems.
From October 2001 to July 2004 he was Research Officer at European Commission, Joint Research Center, Ispra (VA, Italy), Institute for Environment and Sustainability, Climate Change Unit, dealing with biosphere-atmosphere interactions of forest ecosystems; coordinating the Biosphere-Atmosphere Interaction Lab; acting as Technical- Scientific support and consultancy for EU Environment Directorate General for Greenhouse Gases emissions and removals in Land Use, Land-Use Change and Forestry.
Since July 2004 he is researcher at the Institute for Mediterranean Agriculture and Forest Systems of the National Research Council, working on carbon cycle of forest ecosystems, coordinating three forest experimental sites.
Since 1991 he has been involved in several international projects, mostly funded within the EU Framework Programmes for Research. Among those, he was co- Principal investigator for the projects CANIF (IV FP) and FORCAST (V FP) dealing with biomass and productivity of European forest ecosystems; he participated to the projects EUROFLUX (IV FP), CarboEuroflux (V FP) and CarboEurope-IP (VI FP), all dealing with canopy fluxes of forest ecosystems; ECOCRAFT (III and IV FP), LTEEF-II (V FP) and CIRCE (VI FP) dealing with impact of elevated CO2 and climate change on terrestrial ecosystems. He has been co-PI of Italian-EU National Forest Monitoring Program CONECOFOR (1997 – 2009).
Within the EU Regulation Forest Focus, he has been Coordinator of the project CarbonFlux (2005-2007, 100’000 Euro) and of BioSoil-Soil (2006-2008, 1’060’000 Euro). Since 2009 is involved in LIFE+ project FutMon.
From 2006/2007 to 2008/2009, he was contract professor of Forest Ecology at the Bachelor Programme in Forest and Environmental Science at University of Reggio Calabria. Since October 2007, he is contract professor of Forest Landscape at the Bachelor Programme in Environmental Management (University of Roma).
He has published 101 papers, 30 of which in ISI journals, including two papers in Nature and one in Science.