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

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. http://doi.org/10.1126/science.1241706

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. http://doi.org/10.1111/conl.12040

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. http://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.12249

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. PDF

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. PDF

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. PDF

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. PDF

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 PDF

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. PDF

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. PDF

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