Marco Mina

Marco Mina

Research fellow

Eurac Research

I am a forest ecologist interested in how to better manage our forests in a future characterized by global changes.

My work aims at studying the dynamics of forest ecosystems to anticipate the potential impacts of climate, disturbance and socio-economic changes. I use simulation models of forest dynamics to explore interactions of trees with their changing environment and forest management strategies to enhance long-term resistance and resilience at multiple scales - from stand to landscape. I am passionate in dendrology, geography, silviculture, tree-ring research, forest inventory and the ecology of mixed forests. And I love mountains, cross-country skiing and home brewing.

I am based in Bolzano/Bozen in the province of South Tyrol, Italy, at the Institute of Alpine Environment at Eurac Research. See the REINFORCE project webpage to know more.


  • Forest dynamic modelling
  • Impacts of climate change and disturbances on forest ecosystems
  • Management, silviculture and ecosystem services provision from temperate forests


  • Ph.D. in Forest Ecology, 2015

    ETH Zurich, Switzerland

  • MSc in Forestry and Environmental Science, 2010

    University of Padua, Italy



Research fellow

Eurac Research

Jun 2021 – Present Bolzano/Bozen, Italy
Figuring out how to better manage Alpine forest landscapes under global environmental changes

Postdoctoral research fellow

Université du Quebéc à Montréal UQAM

Apr 2018 – May 2021 Montreal, Canada
Figuring out how to make fragmented forest landscapes more resilient to global change


Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research WSL

Apr 2016 – Dec 2017 Birmensdorf, Switzerland
Figuring out species mixing effects and their variability across environmental gradients

PhD Student

ETH Zurich

Apr 2012 – Dec 2015 Zurich, Switzerland
Figuring out how to model and evaluate management strategies for a multiple provision of ecosystem services in European mountain forests

Research Intern

Paul Scherrer Institute PSI

Mar 2011 – Mar 2012 Villigen, Switzerland
Figuring out how to provide cleaner burning fuels through optimization of forestry practices

Technical Assistant

Paulownia Italia s.r.l.

Feb 2007 – Feb 2009 Italy
Helping out in a forestry consultancy company, from tree plantation planning to events’ organization



Biodiversity and Forest Management


Resilient Alpine forest landscapes to global changes


Resilience-based forest management with network theory


Species Mixture Effects on Tree Growth in Swiss forests


Advanced multifunctional management of European mountain forests

Blog Posts and Media

I occasionally publish posts in Forest Monitor and in the EFI Resilience Blog

Talks, seminars and conferences

See my CV for contributions prior 2016

Spatio temporal scales of resilience – from trees to landscapes and climatic change
Models for sustainable forest management
Managing forests as functional networks - preparing our landscapes for the unexpected
Managing for the unexpected - Building resilient forest landscapes to cope with global change


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