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Marco Mina

Research fellow
Eurac Research , Institute for Alpine Environment, Bolzano/Bozen, Italy

Former Postdoctoral fellow
Université du Québec à Montréal
Directeur: Christian Messier

marco.mina [at]

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Project Overview

REDEFiNE Resilience-based forest management: Coupling simulation modelling with functional diversity and network theory (2018-2021)

The increasing frequency, intensity, and uncertainty of high-impact disturbance events due to global change are negatively impacting our ability to predict and manage forest growth and dynamics, therefore challenging the capacity to maintain ecological resilience and ecosystem services from forests worldwide. Forest ecosystems are complex adaptive systems, thus a multi-scale perspective and integrated landscape management approaches are needed to manage forests under increasing socio-ecological changes. One way to make forests more resilient to future threads is to increase functional diversity and redundancy at stand scale, and to optimize functional connectivity, centrality and modularity of forest patches in large fragmented landscapes. All this requires model-based evaluations of future landscape trajectories and a detailed analysis of the forested landscape as a functional complex network. This project aims at coupling simulation modelling with methods based on functional diversity and network theory to determine strategic interventions at stand and landscape scale to maximize the resilience of the forests to known and unknown disturbances with the minimum effort. We work with the spatially-explicit forest landscape model LANDIS-II  with the physiologically-based extension PnET-Succession , upscaling biochemical processes (e.g., photosynthesis, transpiration) from stand (1 ha) to landscape scale (>1M ha). We model forest landscape and disturbance dynamics in Southern Quebec, testing alternative forest management strategies to increase forest resilience to changing climate and disturbance regimes.

The project follows three main research steps:

  1. to couple process-based models of stand- and landscape-scale of forest dynamics with functional diversity and network theory,
  2. to evaluate multi-scale management options for resilience, ecosystem services, and functional diversity under scenarios of uncertain disturbances, and
  3. to determine threshold levels of both fragmentation and functional diversity below which the overall resilience of a landscape is threatened under increasing natural disturbances.

This project has been testing novel and innovative ways to implement resilience-based forest management for large fragmented forest landscapes that are typical of temperate ecosystems.

The project has been financed via a career funding scheme of the Swiss National Science Foundation  (Grant N. 175101, 2018-2019) and collaborations are continuing in the framework of Christian Messier's Canada Research Chair in Forest Resilience to Global Changes .


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