Lehrstuhl für Tierökologie und Tropenbiologie

Matteo Dainese, Dr.

Telephone: +49 (0)931 31-88733
Fax:            +49 (0)931 31-84352
e-Mail:  matteo.dainese@uni-wuerzburg.de

Room C038

University of Würzburg
Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology
Biocenter -  Am Hubland

97074 Würzburg, Germany

Research Interests
  • Assembly, diversity, and dynamics of ecological communities
  • Ecosystem services
  • Ecological interactions
  • Global change and biological invasions
  • Species-elevation relationship

Enhancing biodiversity-based ecosystem services to crops through optimized densities of green infrastructure in agricultural landscapes (EU-Biodiversa)

LInking farmland Biodiversity to Ecosystem seRvices for effective ecological intensification (EU-FP7)

Curriculum Vitae


  • since 2015 Research position at the Department of Animal Ecology and Tropical Biology, University of Würzburg

  • 2015 PostDoc at the Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment (DAFNAE), University of Padova

  • 2012-2014 PostDoc at the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (TESAF), University of Padova

  • 2010-2011 Research grant at the Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry (TESAF), University of Padova


  • 2007-2010 PhD student at the University of Padova, Italy. Project: “Classification and biodiversity patterns in pasture of province of Trento”

  • 2005 Diploma thesis, University of Padova. Title: “Seed production of an Arrhenatherion elatioris hay-meadow in the Italian Alps”

  • 1999-2005 Studies in Forest and Environmental Sciences, University of Padova


  • Dainese M, Riedinger V, Holzschuh A, Kleijn D, Scheper J, Steffan-Dewenter I (2018) Managing trap-nesting bees as crop pollinators: spatiotemporal effects of floral resources and antagonists. Journal of Applied Ecology 55: 195-204


  • Dainese M, Aikio S, Hulme PE, Bertolli A, Prosser F, Marini L (2017) Human disturbance and upward expansion of plants in a warming climate. Nature Climate Change 7: 577–580
  • Dainese M, Schneider G, Krauss J, Steffan-Dewenter I (2017) Complementarity among natural enemies enhances pest suppression.  Scientific Reports 7: 8172
  • Dainese M, Isaac NJB, Powney G, Bommarco R, Öckinger E, Kuussaari M, Pöyry J, Benton TG, Gabriel D, Hodgson JA, Kunin WE, Lindborg R, Sait MS, Marini L (2017) Landscape simplification weakens the association between terrestrial producer and consumer diversity in Europe. Global Change Biology 23: 3040-3051
  • Dainese M, Montecchiari S, Sitzia T, Sigura M, Marini L (2017) High cover of hedgerows in the landscape supports multiple ecosystem services in Mediterranean cereal fields. Journal of Applied Ecology 54: 380-388
  • Nascimbene J, Mayrhofer H, Dainese M, Bilovitz PO (2017) Assembly patterns of soil-dwelling lichens after glacier retreat in the European Alps. Journal of Biogeography 44: 1393-1404
  • Sitzia T, Campagnaro T, Dainese M, Cassol M, Dal Cortivo M, Gatti E, Padovan F, Sommacal M, Nascimbene J (2017) Contrasting multi-taxa diversity patterns between abandoned and non- intensively managed forests in the southern Dolomites. iForest 10: 845-850
  • Sitzia T, Dainese M, Krüsi BO, McCollin D (2017) Landscape metrics as functional traits in plants: perspectives from a glacier foreland. PeerJ 5:e3552



  • Holzschuh A, Dainese M, González-Varo JP, Mudri-Stojnić S, Riedinger V, Rundlöf M, Scheper J, Wickens JB, Wickens VJ, Bommarco R, Kleijn D, Potts SG, Roberts SPM, Smith HG, Vilà M, Vujić A, Steffan-Dewenter I (2016) Mass-flowering crops dilute pollinator abundance in agricultural landscapes across Europe. Ecology Letters 19: 1228-1236
  • Inclán DJ, Dainese M, Cerretti P,  Paniccia D, Marini L (2016) Spillover of tachinids and hoverflies from different field margins. Basic and Applied Ecology 17: 33-42
  • Nascimbene J, Ackermann S, Dainese M, Garbarino M, Carrer M (2016) Fine-scale population dynamics help to elucidate community assembly patterns of epiphytic lichens in alpine forests. Fungal Ecology 24: 21-26


  • Dainese M, Inclán DJ, Sitzia T, Marini L (2015) Testing scale-dependent effects of semi-natural habitats on farmland biodiversity. Ecological Applications 25: 1681-1690
  • Dainese M, Lepš J, de Bello F (2015) Different effects of elevation, habitat fragmentation and grazing management on the functional, phylogenetic and taxonomic structure of mountain grasslands. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 17: 44-53


  • Dainese M, Kühn I, Bragazza L (2014) Alien plant species distribution in the European Alps: influence of species' climatic requirements. Biological Invasions 16: 815-831
  • Nascimbene J, Nimis PL, Dainese M (2014) Epiphytic linchen conservation in the Italian Alps: the role of forest type. Fungal Ecology 11: 164-172 
  • Nascimbene J, Tretiach M, Corana F, Lo Schiavo F, Kodnik D, Dainese M, Mannucci B (2014) Patterns of traffic polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons pollution in mountain areas can be revealed by lichen biomonitoring: a case study in the Dolomites (Eastern Italian Alps). Science of the Total Environment 475: 90-96
  • Sitzia T, Dainese M, Mattedi S (2014) Capturing cross-scalar variation of habitat selection with grid sampling: an example with hazel grouse (Tetrastes bonasia L.). European Journal of Wildlife Research 60: 177-186
  • Sitzia T, Dainese M, McCollin D (2014) Environmental factors interact with spatial processes to determine herbaceous species richness in woody field margins. Plant Ecology 215: 1323-1335
  • Sitzia T, Pizzeghello D, Dainese M, Ertani A, Carletti P, Semenzato P, Nardi S, Cattaneo D (2014) Topsoil organic matter properties in contrasted hedgerow vegetation types. Plant and Soil 383: 337-348


  • Dainese M, Sitzia T (2013) Assessing the influence of environmental gradients on seed mass variation in mountain grasslands using a spatial phylogenetic filtering approach. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 15: 12-19
  • Nascimbene J, Dainese M, Sitzia T (2013) Contrasting responses of epiphytic and dead wood-dwelling lichen diversity to forest management abandonment in silver fir mature woodlands. Forest Ecology and Management 289: 325-332


  • Dainese M (2012) Using natural gradients to infer a potential response to climate change: an example on the reproductive performance of Dactylis glomerata L. Biology 1: 857-868
  • Dainese M, Bragazza L (2012) Plant traits across different habitats of the Italian Alps: a comparative analysis between native and alien species. Alpine Botany 122: 11-21
  • Dainese M, Poldini L (2012) Does residence time affect responses of alien species richness to environmental and spatial processes? NeoBiota 14: 47-66
  • Dainese M, Poldini L (2012) Plant and animal diversity in a region of the Southern Alps: the role of environmental and spatial processes. Landscape Ecology 27: 417–431
  • Dainese M, Scotton M, Clementel F, Pecile A, Lepš J (2012) Do climate, resource availability, and grazing pressure filter floristic composition and functioning in Alpine pastures? Community Ecology 13: 45-54
  • Sitzia T, Campagnaro T, Dainese M, Cierjacks A (2012)  Plant species diversity in alien black locust stands: A paired comparison with native stands across a north-Mediterranean range expansion. Forest Ecology and Management 285: 85-91
  • Sitzia T, Trentanovi G, Dainese M, Gobbo G, Lingua E, Sommacal M (2012) Stand structure and plant species diversity in managed and abandoned silver fir mature woodlands. Forest Ecology and Management 270: 232-238


  • Dainese M (2011) Impact of land use intensity and temperature on the reproductive performance of Dactylis glomerata populations in the southeastern Alps. Plant Ecology 212: 651-661
  • Semenzato P, Cattaneo D, Dainese M (2011) Growth prediction for five tree species in an Italian urban forest. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 10: 169-176


  • Scotton M, Piccinin L, Dainese M, Sancin F (2009) Seed production of an Arrhenatherion elatioris hay-meadow in the eastern Italian Alps. Grass and Forage Science 64: 208–218
  • Scotton M, Piccinin L, Dainese M, Sancin F (2009) Seed harvesting for ecological restoration: efficiency of haymaking and seed-stripping on different grassland types in the eastern Italian Alps. Ecological Restoration 27: 66-75

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