National Research Council of Italy

Institute of Biosciences and BioResources

DISBA logo CNR logo

Valeria Tomaselli

Role: Researcher
Section: Researchers and Technologists
Division: Bari
Tel: (39) 0805583400-232

Role: Researcher

Section: Researchers and Technologists

Division: Bari

Tel: (39) 0805583400-232


Present position

Permanent Researcher at the Institute of Biosciences and Bioresources (former Institute of Plant Genetics), CNR, Bari, Italy.

Education and Training

  • Nov 2009: Short-term mobility on “Conservation of plant biodiversity and sustainable development in Mediterranean countries” at CIEF (Generalitat Valenciana, Spain)
  • May 2002: Training on Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing, at Planetek Italia (Bari)
  • Dec 2001: Permanent position as Researcher at the Germplasm Institute of the National Research Council of Bari
  • March-April 2000: Two months training on GIS techniques at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, University of Catania
  • Dec 1995-Dec 1998: PhD in “Phytogeography of Mediterranean Environments” at the Department of Botany, University of Catania
  • June 1994: Professional qualification in Biology
  • November 1993: Graduated in Biology cum laude at the University of Catania

Research Interests

  • Analysis of plant diversity at species and community level in Mediterranean environments
  • Investigations on habitats - vegetation types - plant species and their conservation status in protected areas, with special reference to Natura 2000 network
  • Habitat monitoring and mapping
  • Plant phenology and seasonal changes of natural and disturbed vegetation.

Recent Scientific activities

Participations to National and International Research Projects

  • Horizon 2020 G.A. 641762 “ECOPOTENTIAL: Improving future ecosystem benefits through Earth Observations”, coordinated by CNR-ISSIA. Scientific referent for the activities of CNR-IBBR in support of the O.U. CNR-IAC, for modeling activities at the ecosystem level (EO based Ecosystem Modelling) (2015-present).
  • Seventh Framework Program Research Project “Biodiversity Multi-Source Monitoring System: From Space to Species” (BIO_SOS), coordinated by CNR-ISSIA. Scientific referent for the activities of CNR-IBBR (2010-2013).
  • VEGITALY Project, aimed at the creation and implementation of a database for the organization and harmonization of data resulting from different approaches used in the framework of the Vegetation Science. Coordinated by the Italian Society of Vegetation Science. Member of the Management Committee (2014-present)
  • PSR Regione Puglia “Recupero, caratterizzazione, salvaguardia e valorizzazione di leguminose e cereali da granella e foraggio in Puglia” (SaVeGraINPuglia). Research assistant (2014-2015)
  • LIFE+ Nature & Biodiversity project “Development of a quick Monitoring index as a tool to assess Environmental impacts of TRAnsgenic crops” (DEMETRA). Scientific referent for “Assessment of local biodiversity - Plant Biodiversity” (2010-2013)
  • INTERREG IIIA (Greece-Italy) project “Integrated software development for monitoring and management in NATURA 2000 protected areas in Greece and Italy - Pilot implementation in common ecosystems in Greece and in Italy” (Info-Nat), coordinated by the University of Ioannina (Greece). Italian action: “Constitution of a GIS (Geographical Information System) and production of cartographies related to naturalistic emergencies and future actions for restoration of the habitats”. Scientific partner and responsible for the Italian side (2006-2008)

Reviewer for ISI Scientific Journals

Plant Biosystems, Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, JAG, iForest, Acta Botanica Gallica, Acta Botanica Croatica

Teaching activity

  • Oct 2016 - Jan 2017: Teaching at the course “Environmental and Applied Botany” (Botanica Ambientale e Applicata) - BIO/03”, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science, University of Bari (A.A: 2016/2017)
  • Oct 2015 - Jan 2016: Teaching at the course “Environmental and Applied Botany” (Botanica Ambientale e Applicata) - BIO/03”, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Science, University of Bari (A.A: 2015/2016)

Selected Publications

  • Tomaselli, De Vincenzi M., Fasciano C., Materassi A., Veronico G., Paffetti D., Vettori C., 2017. Analysing phenological features in natural and semi-natural environments next to cultivated fields as a prerequisite for potential pollen flow evaluation. Italian Journal of Agrometeorology, in press.
  • Veronico G., Sciandrello S., Medagli P., Tomaselli, 2017. Vegetation survey and plant landscape mapping of the SCI IT9140002 “Litorale Brindisino” (Puglia, Southern Italy). Plant Sociology, 54(1): 89-106 DOI 10.7338/pls2017541/04
  • Urbano M., Tomaselli, Bisignano V., Veronico G., Hammer K., Laghetti G., 2017. Salicornia patula Duval-Jouve: from gathering of wild plants to some attempts of cultivation in Apulia region (southern Italy). Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution, 64: 1465-1472. DOI 10.1007/s10722-017-0521-5
  • Tomaselli, Adamo M., Veronico G., Sciandrello S., Tarantino C., Dimopoulos P., Medagli P., Nagendra H., Blonda P., 2016. Definition and application of expert knowledge on vegetation pattern, phenology and seasonality for habitat mapping, as exemplified in a Mediterranean coastal site. Plant Biosystems. DOI: 10.1080/11263504.2016.1231143
  • Tomaselli, Sciandrello S., 2016. Contribution to the knowledge of the coastal vegetation of the SIC IT9110005 “Zone Umide della Capitanata” (Apulia, Italy). Plant Biosystems. DOI: 10.1080/11263504.2016.1200689
  • Adamo M., Tarantino C., Tomaselli, Veronico G., Nagendra H., Blonda P., 2016. Habitat mapping of coastal wetlands using expert knowledge and Earth Observation data. Journal of Applied Ecology, 53,: 521-1532. DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12695
  • Tomaselli, Veronico G., Sciandrello S., Blonda P., 2016. How does the selection of landscape classification schemes affect the spatial pattern of natural landscapes? An assessment on a coastal wetland site in Southern Italy. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 188(6): 1-15. DOI: 10.1007/s10661-016-5352-x
  • Brullo S., Tomaselli, Wagensommer R.P., 2015. A new species of Odontites (Orobanchaceae) from southern Italy. Phytotaxa, 213(3): 271-281. DOI: 10.11646/phytotaxa.213.3.7
  • Sciandrello S., Silletti G., Tomaselli, 2015. First record of Scorzoneroides muelleri (Asteraceae) in Apulia: phytosociological analysis and conservation status in Italy. Biologia, 70 (5): 565-573. DOI: 10.1515/biolog-2015-0071
  • Nagendra H., Mairota P., Marangi C., Lucas R., Dimopoulos P., Honrado J.P., Niphadkar M., Mücher C.A., Tomaselli, Panitsa M., Tarantino M., Manakos I., Blonda P., 2014. Satellite Earth observation data to identify anthropogenic pressures in selected protected areas. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 37: 124-132. DOI: 10.1016/j.jag.2014.10.010
  • Adamo M., Tarantino C., Tomaselli, Kosmidou V., Petrou Z., Manakos I., Lucas R.M., Mücher C.A., Veronico G., Marangi C., De Pasquale V., Blonda P., 2014. Expert knowledge for translating land cover/ use maps to General Habitat Categories (GHC). Landscape Ecol, 29:1045-1067. DOI: 10.1007/s10980-014-0028-9.
  • Petrou Z.I., Kosmidou V., Manakos I., Stathaki T., Adamo M., Tarantino C., Tomaselli, Blonda P., Petrou M., 2014. A rule-based classification methodology to handle uncertainty in habitat mapping employing evidential reasoning and fuzzy logic. Pattern Recognition Letters, 48: 24-33. DOI:
  • Sciandrello S., Tomaselli, 2014. Coastal salt-marshes plant communities of the Salicornietea fruticosae class in Apulia (Italy). Biologia, 69(1): 53-69. DOI: 10.2478/s11756-013-0283-2
  • Kosmidou V., Petrou Z., Bunce R.G.H., Mücher C.A., Jongman R.G.H., Bogers M.M.B., Lucas R.M., Tomaselli, Blonda P., Padoa-Schioppa E., Manakos I., Petrou M., 2014. Harmonization of the Land Cover Classification System (LCCS) with the General Habitat Categories (GHC) classification system: linkage between remote sensing and ecology. Ecological Indicators, 36: 290-300. DOI 10.1016/j.ecolind.2013.07.02
  • Tomaselli, Dimopoulos P., Marangi C., Kallimanis A.S., Adamo M., Tarantino C., Panitsa M., Terzi M., Veronico G., Lovergine F., Nagendra H., Lucas R., Mairota P., Mücher C.A., Blonda P, 2013. Translating land cover/land use classifications to habitat taxonomies for landscape monitoring: a Mediterranean assessment. Landscape Ecol, 28(5): 905-930. DOI 10.1007/s10980-013-9863-3
  • Perrino E.V., Tomaselli, Costa R., Pavone P., 2013. Conservation status of habitats (Directive 92/43 EEC) of coastal and low hill belts in a Mediterranean biodiversity hot spot (Gargano - Italy). Plant Biosystems, 147(4): 1006-1028. DOI: 10.1080/11263504.2013.860052
  • Tomaselli, Tenerelli P., Sciandrello S., 2012 - Mapping and quantifying habitat fragmentation in small coastal areas: a case study of three protected wetlands in Apulia (Italy). Environmental Monitoring and Assessment, 184 (2): 693-713. DOI 10.1007/s10661-011-1995-9
  • Tomaselli, Di Pietro R., Sciandrello S., 2011- Plant communities structure and composition in three coastal wetlands in southern Apulia (Italy). Biologia, 66(6): 1027-1043. DOI 10.2478/s11756-011-0113-3
  • Sciandrello S., Tomaselli, 2011 - Distribution and ecology of Cornucopiae cucullatum L. (Poaceae) in the Mediterranean area and evaluations of its conservation status in Italy. Acta Bot. Gallica, 158 (3): 401-407. DOI 10.1080/12538078.2011.10516282

Selected Publications

(full list available at CNR People)

Related Contents
Other Personal Pages
Istituto di Bioscienze e Biorisorse (IBBR/CNR)
Via G. Amendola 165/A, I-70126 Bari (Italy)
Copyright © 2012-2023. All Rights Reserved.