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Piero Visconti



I did a PhD in Australia at James Cook University with Prof. Bob Pressey, looking at improved methods to schedule conservation actions through time. I then joined the Global Mammal Assessment program, the IUCN Red List partner for mammals, working on future scenarios of mammal conservation, global biodiversity indicators, optimal re-assessment of species in the Red List, and different aspects of population biology and macro-ecology of mammals. I joined the Microsoft Computational Ecology and Environmental Science group in September 2012 to continue my work on global biodiversity scenarios as well as starting new projects bringing together ecology, technology and crowdsourcing to address scientific questions and conservation challenges.


Selected publications

Visconti P, Joppa LN. Building robust conservation plans. Conservation Biology. In press.

Tittensor DP, Walpole M, [...],Visconti P., Ye Y. A mid-term analysis of progress towards international biodiversity targets. Science 346, 241-244

Fuentes M. P. B. , J. Blackwood, B. Jones, M. Kim, B. Leis, C. J. Limpus, H. Marsh, J. Mitchell, F. M. Pouzols, R. L. Pressey, and P. Visconti  A decision framework for prioritizing multiple management actions for threatened marine mega-fauna. Ecological Applications. In press.

Pe'er, G., L. V. Dicks, P. Visconti, R. Arlettaz, A. Báldi, T. G. Benton, S. Collins, M. Dieterich, R. D. Gregory, F. Hartig, K. Henle, P. R. Hobson, D. Kleijn, R. K. Neumann, T. Robijns, J. Schmidt, A. Shwartz, W. J. Sutherland, A. Turbé, F. Wulf, and A. V. Scott. 2014. EU agricultural reform fails on biodiversity. Science 344:1090-1092. 

Visconti, P., M. Di Marco, J. G. ÁLvarez-Romero, S. R. Januchowski-Hartley, R. L. Pressey, R. Weeks, and C. Rondinini. 2013. Effects of Errors and Gaps in Spatial Data Sets on Assessment of Conservation Progress. Conservation Biology 27:1000-1010.

Joppa, L., Visconti, P. Jenkins C, and Pimm S. 2013. Achieving the convention on biological diversity’s goals for plant conservation. Science 341: 1100-1103.

Rondinini C, Di Marco M, Visconti P, Butchart SHM, Boitani L. 2013. Update or outdate: long-term viability of the IUCN Red List. Conservation Letters.

Di Marco, M., Boitani, L., Mallon, D., Hoffmann, M.,  Iacucci, A., Meijaard, E.,  Visconti, P., Schipper, J. and Rondinini, C. 2013. A Retrospective Evaluation of the Global Decline of Carnivores and Ungulates. Conservation Biology.

Visconti P, Pressey RL, Rondinini C, Giorgini D, Maiorano L, Bakkenes M, Boitani L, Alkemade R, A F, Chiozza F 2011. Future hotspots of terrestrial mammal loss. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 366:2693-2702.

Eklund J, Arponen A, Visconti P., Cabeza M 2011. Governance factors in the identification of global conservation priorities for mammals. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B 366:2661-2669.

Rondinini C, Di Marco M, Chiozza F, Santulli G, Baisero D, Visconti P, Hoffmann M, Schipper J, Stuart S, Tognelli M, Amori G, Falcucci A, Maiorano L, Boitani L 2011. Global habitat suitability models for mammal conservation. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B 366:2633-2641.

Rondinini, C, Boitani, L, Rodrigues, ASL, Brooks, TM, Pressey, RL, Visconti, P, Baillie, J. E. M., Baisero, D, Cabeza, M, and K. R. Crooks. 2011. Reconciling global mammal prioritization schemes into a strategy. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366:2722-2728.

Boitani L, Rondinini C, Falcucci A, Maiorano L, Baisero D, Visconti P, Pressey RL 2011 What spatial data do we need to develop global mammal conservation strategies? Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society Series B 366:2623-2632.

Januchowski-Hartley, S., Visconti, P, Pressey, RL, 2011. A systematic approach for prioritizing multiple management actions for invasive species. Biological Invasions, 1-13. DOI: 10.1007/s10530-011-9960-7

Visconti, P, Pressey, RL, Bode, M., Segan, D.B., 2010. Habitat vulnerability in conservation planning—when it matters and how much. Conservation Letters 3, 404-414.

Visconti, P, Pressey RL, Segan DB, and Wintle BA. 2010 Conservation planning with dynamic threats: The role of spatial design and priority setting for species’ persistence. Biological Conservation 143:756-767.

Visconti, P, and Elkin C 2009. Using connectivity metrics in conservation planning; when does habitat quality matter? Diversity and Distributions 15:602-612. Link