Giovanni Strona

I am a biologist mainly interested in theoretical ecology. Formerly I have been a post-doc researcher at the Department of Biotechnology and Biosciences of the University of Milan-Bicocca. My research focuses on ecological modelling and biogeography. I have often used parasites as model organisms to investigate macroecological mechanisms.


  • San-Miguel-Ayanz, J., de Rigo, D., Caudullo, G., Houston Durrant, T., Mauri, A., Tinner, W., Ballian, D., Beck, P., Birks, H. J. B., Eaton, E., Enescu, C. M., Pasta, S., Popescu, I., Ravazzi, C., Welk, E., Abad Viñas, R., Azevedo, J. C., Barbati, A., Barredo, J. I., Benham, S. E., Boca, R., Bosco, C., Caldeira, M. C., Cerasoli, S., Chirici, G., Cierjacks, A., Conedera, M., Da Ronch, F., Di Leo, M., García-Viñas, J. I., Gastón González, A., Giannetti, F., Guerrero Hue, N., Guerrero Maldonado, N., López, M. J., Jonsson, R., Krebs, P., Magni, D., Mubareka, S., Nieto Quintano, P., Oliveira, S., Pereira, J. S., Pividori, M., Räty, M., Rinaldi, F., Saura, S., Sikkema, R., Sitzia, T., Strona, G., Vidal, C., Vilar, L., Zecchin, B. (2016) European atlas of forest tree species. San-Miguel-Ayanz, J., de Rigo, D., Caudullo, G., Houston Durrant, T., Mauri, A. (Eds.). Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg. 200 pp. ISBN:978-92-79-52833-0, DOI:10.2788/4251.
  • Barredo, J. I., Strona, G., de Rigo, D., Caudullo, G., Stancanelli, G., San-Miguel-Ayanz, J. (2015) Assessing the potential distribution of insect pests: case studies on large pine weevil (Hylobius abietis L) and horse-chestnut leaf miner (Cameraria ohridella) under present and future climate conditions in European forests. EPPO Bulletin 45 (2), 273-281. ISSN:0250-8052, DOI:10.1111/epp.12208. URL
  • Malhado, A. C.M., Oliveira-Neto, J. A., Stropp, J., Strona, G., Dias, L. C.P., Pinto, L. B., Ladle, R. J. (2015) Climatological correlates of seed size in Amazonian forest trees. Journal of Vegetation Science. doi: 10.1111/jvs.12301
  • Strona, G. (2015) Corrigendum to “A spatially explicit model to investigate how dispersal/colonization tradeoffs between short and long distance movement strategies affect species ranges”[Ecol. Model. 297 (2015) 80–85]. Ecological Modelling, 301, 16.
  • Strona, G., Veech, J. A. (2015) A new measure of ecological network structure based on node overlap and segregation. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. doi: 10.1111/2041-210X.12395
  • G Strona, S Fattorini, S Montano, D Seveso, P Galli, J San-Miguel-Ayanz (2015) ECo: A new measure evaluating the degree of consistency between environmental factors and spatial arrangement of species assemblages. Ecological Indicators 52, 66-74
  • Strona, G. (2015) A spatially explicit model to investigate how dispersal/colonization tradeoffs between short and long distance movement strategies affect species ranges. Ecological Modelling 297:80–85 (doi:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2014.11.011)
  • Strona G, Nappo D, Boccacci F, Fattorini S, San Miguel-Ayanz J. (2014) A fast and unbiased procedure to randomize ecological binary matrices with fixed row and column totals. Nature Communications, 5:4114 (DOI:10.1038/ncomms5114).
  • Strona, G., Fattorini, S. (2014) Parasitic worms: how many really? International Journal for Parasitology (2014),
  • Strona, G., Fattorini, S. (2014) A Few Good Reasons Why Species-Area Relationships Do Not Work for Parasites BioMed Research International, vol. 2014, Article ID 271680, 5 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/271680
  • Strona G., Fattorini, S. (2014) . On the methods to assess significance in nestedness analyses. Theory in Biosciences, doi: 10.1007/s12064-014-0203-1
  • Seveso, d., Montano, S., Strona, G., Orlandi, I., Galli, P., Vai, M. (2014) The susceptibility of corals to thermal stress by analyzing Hsp60 expression. Marine environmental research 99:69–75 DOI: 10.1016/j.marenvres.2014.06.008
  • Strona G., Galli P., Seveso D., Montano S., Fattorini S. (2014) . Nestedness for Dummies (NeD): A User-Friendly Web Interface for Exploratory Nestedness Analysis. Journal of Statistical Software, 59(3).
  • Colombo, A., Bettinetti, R., Strona, G., Cambria, F., Fanelli, R., Zubaird, Z., Galli, P. (2014) Maldives: An archipelago that burns. A first survey of PCDD/Fs and DL-PCBs from human activities. Science of The Total Environment 497–498:499–507, doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.08.013.
  • Strona, G. (2014) The underrated importance of predation in transmission ecology of direct lifecycle parasites. Oikos. doi: 10.1111/oik.01850
  • Montano S., Strona G., Seveso D., Maggioni D., Galli P. (2014) Slow progression of black band disease in Goniopora cf. columna colonies may promote its persistence in a coral community. Marine Biodiversity, 1-4
  • SM Simaiakis, G Strona (2014) Patterns and processes in the distribution of European centipedes (Chilopoda). Journal of Biogeography, doi:10.1111/jbi.12463.
  • Strona, G. (2014) Assessing fish vulnerability: IUCN vs FishBase. Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems. doi:10.1002/aqc.2439.
  • G Strona, F Stefani, P Galli, S Fattorini (2013) A protocol to compare nestedness among submatrices. Population Ecology 55 (1), 227-239.
  • Strona, G., Montano, S., Seveso, D., Galli, P. and Fattorini, S (2013) Identification of Monogenea made easier: a new statistical procedure for an automatic selection of diagnostic linear measurements in closely related species. Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. doi: 10.1111/jzs.12050
  • G Strona (2013) Of dogs and cows: a quasi-artificial selection scenario. Heredity 110: 94 (Article featured in October 2012 Heredity Podcast).
  • G Strona, KD Lafferty (2013) Predicting what helminth parasites a fish species should have using parasite co-occurrence modeler (PaCo). The Journal of Parasitology 99 (1), 6-10.
  • G Strona, P Galli, S Fattorini (2013) Fish parasites resolve the paradox of missing coextinctions. Nature communications 4, 1718.
  • G Strona, MLD Palomares, N Bailly, P Galli, KD Lafferty (2013) Host range, host ecology, and distribution of more than 11 800 fish parasite species. Ecology 94 (2), 544-544.
  • G Strona, KD Lafferty (2012) FishPEST: an innovative software suite for fish parasitologists. Trends in parasitology 28 (4).
  • G Strona, KD Lafferty (2012) How to catch a parasite: Parasite Niche Modeler (PaNic) meets Fishbase. Ecography 35: 481–486.
  • G Strona, P Galli, S Montano, D Seveso, S Fattorini (2012) Global-scale relationships between colonization ability and range size in marine and freshwater fish. PLoS ONE 7 (11), e49465.


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