Scientific publications

more than my h-index

If the Hirsch index (H-index) of Kary Mullis is ~20 despite he won a Nobel Prize publishing just 26 peer-reviewed papers during his whole career, another Nobel Laureate such as Konrad Lorenz published 21 peer-reviewed papers and scores a H-index of ~11, the famous biologist William D. Hamilton has a H-index of ~25 having published 36 peer-reviewed papers during his life, the well-known ecologist Eugene Odum gets H=~20 with 56 papers, the mathematician John Nash was awarded by the Nobel Prize for his single-page first-published paper (out of a total of 20 peer-reviewed articles) and, toghether with other two pure genius like Darwin and Pasteur, would have a H-index lower than 7…


Scientific papers and books

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  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Dudko A., Fabbio L., Velichevskaya A., Notarnicola C., The smokescreen of Russian protected areas, under review, 2020
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Ugarkovic P., Tiralongo F., New evidence of a fish-bird interspecific feeding association between the European seabass and the European shag in the Mediterranean Sea, under review, 2020
  • Callaghan T., Cazzolla Gatti R., Phoenix G., Stability of Arctic vegetation: an ecological anchor hidden by greening and browning trends, under review, 2020
  • Turcios-Casco M.A., Ávila-Palma H.D., Soler Orellana J.A., Ordoñez Trejo E.J., Ordoñez Mazier D.I., Cazzolla Gatti R.An eco-physiological study of the thermoregulation of mist netted bats (Chiroptera) in Honduras, in preparation, 2020
  • Turcios-Casco M.A., De Sales Dambros C., Franzoi Dri Gabriela, Caceres N., Stevens R., Cazzolla Gatti R., Not too high or too low! Elevations influence the taxonomical and functional diversity of nose-leaf bats (Chiroptera: Phyllostomidae) in Honduras, in preparation, 2020
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Velichevksaya A., Taranto’s long shadow? Cancer mortality shows alarming peaks for specific types in the most polluted city of Italy but also in surrounding towns, under review, 2020
  • Ota A., Liang J., Katzner T., Stoleson S., de-Miguel S., Müller J., Cazzolla Gatti R., Titeux N., McKenney D.W., Paquette A., Chen H. Y., Current and future distribution of wood-warblers in North America under changes in climate and tree species diversity, in preparation, 2020
  • Turcios-Casco M.A., Velichevskaya A., Cazzolla Gatti R., Long-term population trends of Siberian bird species hidden in the Russian scientific literature, in preparation, 2020
  • Cazzolla Gatti R. et al., The number of tree species on Earth, in preparation, 2020

PUBLISHED (2006-2021):


  • Cazzolla Gatti R. et al., Diversity lost: COVID-19 as a phenomenon of the total environment, Science of The Total Environment, 756: 144014, 2021 LINK [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Velichevskaya A., Gottesman B., Devis K., Grey wolf shows signs of self-consciousness with the sniff-test of self-recognition (STSR), Ethology, Ecology and Evolution, 2021 LINK DOI: 10.1080/03949370.2020.1846628 [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., A multi-armed bandit algorithm speeds up the evolution of cooperation, Ecological Modelling, 439, 109348, 2021 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]


  • Turcios-Casco M.A., Cazzolla Gatti R., Do not blame bats and pangolins! Global consequences for wildlife conservation after the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, Biodiversity and Conservation, 29, 3829–3833, 2020 LINK [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Velichevskaya A., Tateo A., Amoroso, A., & Monaco A., Machine learning reveals that prolonged exposure to air pollution is associated with SARS-CoV-2 mortality and infectivity in Italy. Environmental Pollution, 115471, 2020 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Velichevksaya A., Certified “sustainable” palm oil took the place of endangered Bornean and Sumatran big mammals habitat and tropical forests in the last 30 years, Science of The Total Environment, 742, 140712, 2020 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., The pangolin’s revenge: SARS-CoV-2 did not emerge from a lab but from wildlife exploitation, GAIA: Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society, 29(2), 79-82, 2020 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Koppl R., Fath B., Hordijk W., Kauffman S., Ulanowicz R., On the emergence of ecological and economic niches, Journal of Bioeconomics, 22, 99–127, 2020 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Coronavirus outbreak is a symptom of Gaia’s sickness, Ecological Modelling, 426, 109075, 2020 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Amoroso N., Monaco A., Estimating and comparing biodiversity with a single universal metric, Ecological modelling, 424, 109020, 2020 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Messina G., Tiralongo F., Ursino L.A., Lombardo B.M. Learning from the environment: how predation changes the behavior of terrestrial Isopoda, Ethology, Ecology, and Evolution, 32(1), 29-45, 2020 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Chapungu L., Nhamo L., Cazzolla Gatti R., Estimating biomass of savanna grasslands as a proxy of carbon stock using multispectral remote sensing, Remote Sensing Applications: Society and Environment, 17, 100275, 2020 LINK [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Chapungu L., Nhamo L., Cazzolla Gatti R., Chitakira M., Quantifying changes in plant species diversity in a savanna ecosystem through observed and remotely sensed data, Sustainability, 12(6), 2345, 2020 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]


  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Callaghan T., Velichevskaya A., Dudko A., Fabbio L., Battipaglia G., Liang J., Accelerating upward treeline shift in the Altai Mountains under last-century climate change, Scientific Reports, 9(1), 7678, 2019 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Steidinger B. et al. (including Cazzolla Gatti R.). Climatic controls of decomposition drive the global biogeography of forest tree symbioses. Nature, 569(7756), 404-408, 2019 LINK [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Luo W., Liang J., Cazzolla Gatti R., Zhao X., Zhang C. Parameterization of biodiversity–productivity relationship and its scale dependency using georeferenced tree-level data. Journal of Ecology, 107(3), 1106-1119, 2019 LINK [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Liang J., Velichevskaya A., Zhou M. Sustainable palm oil may not be so sustainable. Science of The Total Environment, 652, 48-51, 2019 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Volkov, I. V., Volkova, I. I., Muhortov, V. V., Nikitkina, E. G., Nikitkin, V. A., Popova, E. D., Lucasheva I. V., Cazzolla Gatti R., Kirpotin, S. N. Influence of the temperature regime on the diversity of microorganisms and plants on moraines of the Maly Aktru glacier (Russia). IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science, 232(1): 012017, 2019 LINK [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]


  • Tiralongo, F., Messina, G., Cazzolla Gatti, R., Tibullo, D., Lombardo, B. M. Some biological aspects of juveniles of the rough ray, Raja radula Delaroche, 1809 in Eastern Sicily (central Mediterranean Sea). Journal of Sea Research, 142: 174-179, 2018 LINK [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Is Gaia alive? The future of a symbiotic planet, Futures, 104: 91-99, 2018 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Callaghan T.V., Rozhkova-Timina I., Dudko A., Lim A., Vorobiov S., Kirpotin S., Pokrovsky O., The role of Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) in the storage, emission and deposition of carbon in lakes and rivers of the River Ob flood plain, western Siberia, Science of the Total Environment, 644:1371-1379, 2018 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R. Endogenosymbiosis: from hypothesis to empirical evidence towards a Unified Symbiogenetic Theory (UST). Theoretical Biology Forum, 111(1-2), 13-26, 2018 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Dudko A., Lim A., Velichevskaya A., Lushchaeva I.., Pivovarova A., Ventura S., Lumini E., Berruti A., Volkov I., The last 50 years of climate‐induced melting of the Maliy Aktru glacier (Altai Mountains, Russia) revealed in a primary ecological succession, Ecology and Evolution, 8:7401–7420, 2018 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Dornelas et al. (including Cazzolla Gatti R.), BioTIME: a database of biodiversity time series for the Anthropocene, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 27(7):760-786, 2018 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Fath, B., Hordijk, W., Kauffman, S., & Ulanowicz, R. Niche emergence as an autocatalytic process in the evolution of ecosystems. Journal of Theoretical Biology, 454, 110 –117, 2018 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Biodiversity in Time and Space, Nova Science Publishers, New York, 352 pp., 2018 LINK [ACADEMIC BOOK]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Messina G., Ruggieri M., Della Nora V., Lombardo B. M., Habitat and ecological diversity influences the species-area relationship and the biogeography of the Sicilian archipelago’s isopods, European Zoological Journal, 85(1), 210-226, 2018 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Djukic et al. (including Cazzolla Gatti R.), Early stage litter decomposition across biomes, Science of the Total Environment, 628–629: 1369-1394, 2018 LINK [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Modelling weed and vine disturbance in tropical forests after selective logging and clearcutting, Ecological Modelling, 375, 13-19, 2018 LINK [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R. and Notarnicola C., A novel Multilevel Biodiversity Index (MBI) for combined field survey and satellite imagery assessments, Global Ecology and Conservation, Volume 13, January 2018, Article e0036117 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]


  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Adaptation, evolution and reproduction of Gaia by the means of our species, Theoretical Biology Forum, 110(1-2): 25-46, 2017 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., A century of biodiversity: some open questions and some answers, Biodiversity, 18(4): 175-185, 2017 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Di Paola A., Bombelli A., Valentini R., Exploring the relationship between canopy height and terrestrial plant diversity, Plant Ecology, 218(7): 899-908, 2017 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Hordijk W., Kauffman S., Biodiversity is autocatalytic, Ecological Modelling, 346: 70-76, 2017 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Laurin-Vaglio G., Valentini R., Tree species data and diversity analyses of tropical forests in three protected areas of Ghana, iForest, 10(2):362-368, 2017 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Banerjee, K., Cazzolla Gatti, R., & Mitra, A., Climate change-induced salinity variation impacts on a stenoecious mangrove species in the Indian Sundarbans. Ambio, 46(4): 492–499, 2017 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]


  • Messina, G., Cazzolla Gatti, R., Sciandrello, S., & Lombardo, B. M. The influence of coastal zonation and meteorological variables on terrestrial isopod populations: a case study in western Sicily (Italy). Italian Journal of Zoology, 83(4): 571-578, 2016 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Freshwater biodiversity: a review of local and global threats, International Journal of Environmental Studies, 73(6), 887-904, 2016 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Avitabile V., Herold M. , Lewis S.L., Phillips O.L., Aguilar-Amuchastegui N., Asner G.P, Brienen R.J.W., DeVries B., Cazzolla Gatti R., Feldpausch T.R., Girardin C., de Jong B., Kearsley E., Klop E, Lin X., Lindsell J. , Lopez-Gonzalez G., Lucas R., Malhi Y., Morel A., Mitchard E., Pandey D., Piao S., Ryan C., Sales M., Santoro M., Vaglio Laurin G., Valentini R., Verbeeck H., Wijaya A., Willcock S., An integrated pan-tropical biomass map using multiple reference datasets, Global Change Biology, 22(4):1406–1420, 2016 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Trends in Human Development and Environmental Protection, International Journal of Environmental Studies, 73(2): 268-276, 2016 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., The fractal nature of the latitudinal biodiversity gradient, Biologia, 71(6), 669-672, 2016 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Biological Diversity and Current Threats of Lotic Ecosystems, in Riparian Zones: Characteristics, Management Practices and Ecological Impacts, Oleg S. Pokrovsky (Eds.), Nova Science Publisher, New York, 2016 LINK | DOWNLOAD [SCIENTIFIC BOOK CHAPTER]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., A conceptual model of new hypothesis on the evolution of biodiversity, Biologia, 71(3): 343-351, 2016 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Messina G., Cazzolla Gatti R., Droutsa A., Barchitta M., Pezzino E., Agodi A., Lombardo B.M., A sampling optimization analysis of soil-bugs diversity (Crustacea, Isopoda, Oniscidea), Ecology and Evolution, 6(1):191-201, 2016 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Vaglio Laurin G., Hawthorne W., Chiti T., Di Paola A., Cazzolla Gatti R., Marconi S., Noce S., Grieco E., Pirotti F., Valentini R., Does degradation from selective logging and illegal activities differently impact forest resources? A case study in Ghana, iForest, 8(6), 2016 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Self-consciousness: beyond the looking-glass and what dogs found there, Ethology, Ecology and Evolution, 28(2):232-240, 2016 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Animali non umani. Una nuova coscienza: Saggi scelti e racconti, Key editore, 2016 LINK [ESSAY BOOK]


  • Mitra A., Kakoli B., Cazzolla Gatti R., Do all mangroves exhibit uniform resilience to climate change induced salinity alteration?, Economology Journal, 5(3):45-68, 2015 [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Mitra A. and Cazzolla Gatti R., Carbon census in the mangrove ecosystem of lower Gangetic delta, Economology Journal, 5(3):11-27, 2015 [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Castaldi S., Coomes D., Linsdell J., Marchetti M., Maesano M., Di Paola A., Paparella F., Valentini R., The impact of selective logging and clearcutting on forest structure, tree diversity and above-ground biomass of African tropical forests, Ecological Research, 30(1): 119-132, 2015 LINK | DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Battipaglia G., Zalloni E., Castaldi S., Marzaioli F., Cazzolla Gatti R., Lasserre B., Tognetti R., Marchetti M., Valentini R., Long tree-ring chronologies provide evidences of tree growth decrease in the 21st century in a central Africa tropical forest, PlosONE, 10(3): e01209622014, 2015 DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]


  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Biodiversità, in teoria e in pratica, Edizioni, 2014 LINK 1; LINK 2 [ACADEMIC BOOK]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Bioetica della sperimentazione animale e dei metodi sostitutivi, 01/2014, Camera dei Deputati, Atti DOWNLOAD [SEMINAR PAPER]
  • Valentini R., Arneth A., Bombelli A., Castaldi S., Cazzolla Gatti R., Chevallier F., Ciais P., Grieco E., Hartmann J., Henry M. , Houghton R. A. , Jung M., Kutsch W. L. , Malhi Y. , Mayorga E. , Merbold L., Murray-Tortarolo G., Papale D., Peylin P., Poulter B., Raymond P. A., Santini M., Sitch S., Vaglio Laurin G., van der Werf G. R., Williams C. A., and Scholes R. J., The full greenhouse gases budget of Africa: synthesis, uncertainties, and vulnerabilities, Biogeosciences, 11, 381-407, 2014 DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]


  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Il paradosso della civiltà, Adda Editore, 2013 LINK 1; LINK 2 [NOVEL-ESSAY BOOK]
  • Vaglio Laurin G., Chen Q., Lindsell J., Coomes D., Cazzolla Gatti R., Grieco E., Valentini R., Aboveground biomass estimation from lidar and hyperspectral airbone data in West African moist forest, EGU General Assembly Conference, 2013 DOWNLOAD [CONFERENCE PAPER]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., The anthropogenic impacts on tropical forest ecology and dynamics, PhD Thesis, University of Tuscia, Italy, 2013 DOWNLOAD [PHD THESIS]


  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Ambienti flora e fauna delle Murge di sud-est, Adda Editore, 2011 LINK [NATURALISTIC BOOK]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Evolution is a cooperative process: the Biodiversity-related Niches Differentiation Theory (BNDT) can explain why, Theoretical Biology Forum 104-1, 2011 DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Delitto di Avetrana e Dilemma del Prigioniero, un equilibrio emergente per la teoria dei giochi, 02/2011, LINK DOWNLOAD [ESSAY]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R. & Notarnicola C., Analisi di specie e di ecosistemi – La ricca biodiversità delle Murge di Sud-Est rilevata al suolo e da immagini satellitari, Umanesimo della Pietra, 34-2011, pp. 129-138 DOWNLOAD [PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLE]


  • Andrade A. P., Herrera B. F. and Cazzolla Gatti R., Building Resilience to Climate Change: Ecosystem-based adaptation and lessons from the field, IUCN (Gland, Svizzera). 164 pp., 2010 DOWNLOAD [SCIENTIFIC BOOK]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Developments of biodiversity analysis: the Biodiversity-related Niches Differentiation Theory (BNDT), XX Congress of the Italian Society of Ecology (SITE), 2010 DOWNLOAD [CONFERENCE PAPER]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Biodiversity monitoring in the Mediterranean ecoregion: synergy between remote sensing analysis and field researches, IUCN Bulletin, May 2010, Gland, Switzerland DOWNLOAD [BULLETIN ARTICLE]


  • Cazzolla Gatti R. & Notarnicola C., Il monitoraggio della biodiversità nell’Ecoregione Mediterranea: sinergia fra ricerche in campo ed analisi satellitari, Congress Acts of the Italian Society of Ecology (SITE), Bolzano, 2009 DOWNLOAD [CONFERENCE PAPER]
  • AA.VV (including Cazzolla Gatti R.), Terrestrial observation of our planet, GTOS Biennial report, FAO-UN, Rome, 2009 DOWNLOAD [REPORT]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R. Africa and Climate Change: impacts on biodiversity, populations and natural resources, Global Environmental Protection, University of Tuscia & Italian Ministry of Environment, 2009 [II Level MSc THESIS]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Fire monitoring and the environment, FAO-UN, Environmental series, 2009 [SCIENTIFIC REPORT]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Alternative methods and protocols to animal laboratory experiments in biochemistry, University of Bari, 2009 [SCIENTIFIC REPORT]


  • Cazzolla Gatti R., La visione stereoscopica nei primati e negli altri animali, Università degli Studi di Bari, Zoology Department, 2006 [MSc THESIS]


  • Cazzolla Gatti R. D’Ippolito D., Guagnano G., Paradiso E., La cava di Monte Rotondo: da scempio artificiale a serbatoio naturale, WWF Ed. & Italian Ministry of Environment, 2007 DOWNLOAD [SCIENTIFIC REPORT]
  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Gravina S. Croce: un patrimonio di biodiversità, WWF Ed., 2007 [SCIENTIFIC REPORT]


  • Cazzolla Gatti R., Valutazione dello status di conservazione delle risorse marine del Mediterraneo, Università degli Studi di Bari, Marine Ecology Department, 2006 [BSc THESIS]