We approach questions at a variety of temporal and spatial scales, with a diversity of tools ranging from ecophysiological studies at tree and stand level, to remote sensing analysis of vegetation and landscape dynamics. We aim to understand the response of forest ecosystems to changing environmental and social conditions, and to apply this knowledge for the development of sustainable forestry.


Based on understanding of forest functioning, guidelines are delivered for forest planning, considering forest resilience to environmental disturbances and ensuring continued provision of ecosystem services. We streamline forest planning processes to develop land use direction for public land and to guide local management decisions that meet economic, environmental, social and cultural objectives.


BSc and MSc courses are given within the framework of degree programs in forestry and agriculture at the University of Molise. Training facility is housed in rooms in the Department of Biosciences and Territory (Pesche), the Department of Agricultural, Environmental and Food Sciences (Campobasso), and the Botanic Garden of Capracotta (1550 m a.s.l.). Outdoor learning activities are planned during the course
Multidisciplinary research and training activities are conducted in the rural landscape of the Collemeluccio-Montedimezzo Alto Molise Biosphere Reserve (UNESCO), a hilly-mountainous area of 25268 ha, with a mixed landscape matrix representative of Mediterranean mountain mixed-species forests, with deciduous and coniferous stands as the main component, interspersed with grasslands and scrublands.
The Research Centre for Marginal Areas and the Apennines (ArIA) is finalized as a logistic base, supporting research and development in mountain areas.