Gianalberto Losapio

Link to Research Group page (Dr. Christian Schöb)
Link to Research Group page (Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmid)

Research Interests

Alpine biodiversity, Community dynamic, Ecological networks, Functional roles, Natural history, Niche evolution, Plant ecology, Plant interactions.

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Education

10/2014 - present Ph.D. in Ecology, Life Science Zurich Graduate School, Department of Evolutionary Biology and Environmental Studies, University of Zurich – ETH, Switzerland. Supervisor: Dr. Christian Schöb, Co-Supervisors: Prof. Dr. Bernhard Schmid, Prof. Dr. Jordi Bascompte, Prof. Dr. Richard Michalet
12/2012 - 04/2014 M.Sc. in Natural Sciences summa cum laude, University of Milan, Italy. Thesis: Plant-Insect interactions in recently deglaciated areas. Supervisor: Dr. Marco Caccianiga, Co-Supervisors: Dr. Mauro Gobbi, Dr. Giuseppe Marano
10/2009 - 12/2011 B.Sc. in Natural Sciences, University of Milan, Italy. Thesis: Plant and insect assemblages in Alpine debris-covered glaciers and rock glaciers. Supervisor: Dr. Marco Caccianiga, Co-Supervisor: Dr. Mauro Gobbi

Research Training and Activities

05/2016 Visiting - Group of Biodiversity and Conservation, University King Juan Carlos, Spain
06/2014 - 09/2014 Botanist - Biodiversity Monitoring Project in Alpine Environment, Stelvio National Park, Italy
06/2013 - 06/2014 Research Assistant - Department of Biosciences, University of Milan, Italy
08/2013 Summer School - Alpine Field Ecology, Alpine Research Centre, Obergurgl, University of Innsbruck, Austria
10/2012 - 01/2013 Internship - INTERREG IVC Italy - Switzerland, Laboratory of Archeobiology, Museum of Como, Italy
09/2010 - 07/2011 European mobility fellowship LLP/Erasmus, University of Salamanca, Spain

Selected Publications

  • Losapio G. (2016) Plant interaction networks’ response to environmental changes. Plant Science Center Newsletter, 29, 6. PDF: http://www.plantsciences.uzh.ch/en/publications.html
  • Losapio G., Gobbi M., Marano G., Avesani D., Boracchi P., Compostella C., Pavesi M., Schöb C., Seppi R., Sommaggio D., Zanetti A., Caccianiga M. (2016) Feedback effects between plant and insect communities along a primary succession gradient. Arthropod-Plant Interactions, 10(6):485-495. DOI: 10.1007/s11829-016-9444-x
  • Losapio G., Jordán F., Caccianiga M., Gobbi M. (2015) Structure-dynamic relationship of plant–insect networks along a primary succession gradient on a glacier foreland. Ecological Modelling, 314, 73-79. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2015.07.014

Selected Conferences

  • Losapio G., De la Cruz M., Escudero A., Schmid B., Schöb C. (Talk) The spatial dimension of plant association networks. British Ecological Society annual meeting, Liverpool, 11-14 December 2016, UK
  • Losapio G., Schöb C. (Talk) Plant interaction networks' response to environmental changes. Biology16. The Annual Swiss Conference on Ecology, Evolution, Systematics, Biogeography and Conservation, University of Lausanne, February 11-12 2016, Switzerland
  • Losapio G., Schöb C. (Poster) Facilitative interactions increase stability of plant–plant networks under different environmental change scenarios. Unlocking the Potential of Diversity. PSC Symposium 2015, ETH, December 3 2015, Switzerland
  • Losapio G., Schöb C. (Flash-talk and poster) Facilitative interactions increase stability of plant–plant networks under different environmental change scenarios. Ecological Networks: Theory, Empiricism and Practice in a Changing World. University of Bristol, September 7-8th 2015, UK
  • Losapio G. (Flash-talk and poster) Plant-insect network along a primary succession gradient. Mathematical and Computational Modelling in Life Science, Swiss Academy of Science, January 18-20 2015, Switzerland
  • Losapio G., Jordán F., Caccianiga M., Gobbi M. (Talk) Plant-anthophilous insect ecological networks along a glacier foreland chronosequence. Eight European Conference on Ecological Modelling, Université Cadi Ayyad, October 27-30 2014, Morocco
  • Losapio G., Gobbi M., Marano G., Compostella C., Boracchi P., Caccianiga M. (Best poster award) Linking plant reproductive success and flower-visiting insects along a debris-covered glacier foreland. International Plant Science Conference, Italian Botanical Society, September 2-5 2014, Italy