“I am a passionate applied statistician fascinated by the potential of GIS and simulation models to unlock the spatio-temporal dynamics of emerging infectious diseases.”
Francesco is a postdoctoral researcher modeling dynamic interactions between forest disease spread, wildfire, and land management. His main goal is to understand how interacting disturbances mediate trajectories of environmental change, including impacts on forest biodiversity and/or carbon dynamics. Francesco received his Ph.D. in Geomatics from the University of Florida where he developed both agent- and cell-based models to simulate the spatio-temporal spread of invasive termites in Florida and applied a number of presence-only statistical models to predict the potential geographic distributions of two major invasive termite species. Francesco holds a M.S. in Statistics for Biomedicine, the Environment, and Technology from the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Italy, and a B.S. in Statistics and Information Systems from the University of Florence, Italy.