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Ugolini Francesca

She was born in Massa Marittima (Grosseto) on November 16, 1977


  • She graduated with honour in 2003 in Forestry and Environmental Sciences at the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Florence. The project for the final thesis concerned the interaction between trees and urban environment: microclimate and ecophysiological aspects.
  • She got the PhD at the Scuola Ubaldo di Montelatici of the University of Florence (XXI cycle), investigating the physiological and morphological effects of deficit irrigation at nursery stage on two ornamental species.
  • In 2004-05 attended the Professional Master in Geomatics and Natural Resources Evaluation at Istituto Agronomico per l’Oltremare, Min. Affari Esteri, Firenze.


Work experience

Since 2008 she is research fellow at IBIMET CNR. She has been working on scientific research projects about the physiological responses of vegetal species to environmental variables es. in alpine grassands (Carbomont and Greengrass - at CEH, Edinburgh, 2004-, Carboeurope and CaboItaly (at FCS and IBIMETCNR, 2007-2010); under deficit irrigation treatment especially for pot productions of ornamental nursing (2010-2013); grown in substrates formed by phytoremediated river sediments (2013-2016, CLEANSED, Innovative integrated method for the use of phytoremediated sediments in plant nursing and road building, Life+) or under biotic variables (es. effects of Chinese wasp on plant physiology and vigour of chestnut tree in coppice. She has been involved and she involves in other researches concerning extreme environments for high CO2 level or geotourism.

She had international specialization experiences in different foreign research institutions: Department of Bona Terra, Ben Gurion University (25/10-10/11-2013, Israel); Manchester University, Faculty of Life Sciences (November 2011, UK); Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Edinburgh, UK (4-10/2004); CAREX Field Trip on Extreme Environments (Hveragerdi,Iceland, July 2010).

She is also project manager in national and international science education projects on Inquiry Based Learning, e.g. Carboschools (2007-2010, 7FP), Teacher Scientist Partnership (2007-2010, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius); Acariss (2011-2013, Accrescere le conoscenze sui rischi ambientali connessi all’inquinamento, PAR-FAS, Regione Toscana), MISStoHIT (2015-2017, From misconceptions to learning insights through inquiry with playful physical objects, Erasmus+), and environmental education projects, with nature protection volunteering and innovative technologies, e.g. INVOLEN (2012-2015, Intergenerational Learning for Nature Conservation Volunteers, LLP Gruntvig), RAISE (2015-2017, Raising Environmental Awareness in Young People, Erasmus+).

In the frame of the projects, she has organized events and conferences at national and international level.

She has also been working on surveys through questionnaires analysis e.g. about the e-learning potentialities in rural areas in the frame of the E-ruralnet project (2008-2011, LLP-Transversal Projects), the collaboration and knowledge transfer between stakeholders in urban green infrastructure (2014-2015) and on the geotourism potential perception in tourists of Terme San Giovanni spa (2015).

Selected publications:

Ugolini F., Chrobak A., Pearlmutter D., Raschi A. (2015). Appreciation and awareness:can tourists be considered geotourists? An investigation in Rapolano Terme (Tuscany). VOLCANDPARK2 Abstracts book. 2nd VOLCANDPARK CONFERENCE, Casa de Los Volcanes, Lanzarote. Canary Islands, Spain. 16-20 November 2015.

Ugolini F., Chrobak A., Pearlmutter D., Raschi A. (2015). Examining the tourism value of geological landscape features: the case of Terme San Giovanni in the Siena clay lands of Tuscany. Book of abstracts of the International Conference on Geotourism, Mining Tourism, Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection GEOTOUR2015. Podsbanke (Slovacchia) 14-18/10/2015. ISNB: 978-80-553-2228-5.

Ugolini F., Calzolari C., Lanini G.M., Martelli f., Massetti L., Sabatini F., Ungaro F., Daminao S., Masciandaro E.G. (2015). Another future for hydro ways sediments. In: Cossu R., He P., Kjeldsen P., Matsufuji Y., Reinhart D., Stegmann R. (Eds.) Sardinia 2015 15th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. Symposium Proceedings. Forte Village_S. Margherita di Pula (CA). Italy. 5-9 October 2015. ISBN 9788862650212. ISSN 2282-0027

Ugolini F., Calzolari C., Lanini G.M., Martelli f., Massetti L., Sabatini F., Ungaro F., Daminao S., Masciandaro E.G. (2015). Un futuro alternativo per i sedimenti dei canali navigabili. In: Cossu R., He P., Kjeldsen P., Matsufuji Y., Reinhart D., Stegmann R. (Eds.) Sardinia 2015 15th International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium. Symposium Proceedings. Forte Village_S. Margherita di Pula (CA). Italy. 5-9 October 2015. ISBN 9788862650212. ISSN 2282-0027

Ugolini F., Massetti L., Sanesi G., Pearlmutter D. (2015). Knowledge transfer between stakeholders in the field of urban forestry and green infrastructure: Results of a European survey. Land Use Policy 49, 365–381.

Ugolini F., Massetti L., Pedrazzoli F., Tognetti R., Vecchione A., Zulini L., Maresi G. (2014). Ecophysiological responses and vulnerability to other pathologies in European chestnut coppices, heavily infested by the Asian chestnut gall wasp. Forest Ecology and Management 314, 38-49.

Ugolini F., Tognetti R., Bussotti F., Raschi A., Ennos A.R. (2014). Wood hydraulic and mechanical properties induced by low water availability on two ornamental species Photinia x fraseri var. Red Robin and Viburnum opulus L. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 13, 158-165.

Ugolini F., Tognetti R., Raschi A., Bacci L. (2013). Quercus ilex L. as bioaccumulator for heavy metals in urban areas. Effectiveness of leaf washing with distilled water and considerations on the trees distance from traffic. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 12, 576-584. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2013.05.007.

Ugolini F. Risposte allo stress idrico di due specie arbustive ornamentali : Photinia x fraseri var. Red Robin e Viburnum opulus L.. tutor: Bussotti Filippo ; co-tutor: Raschi Antonio.[Firenze, 2012]. 1 volume: ill. Anni 2010-2012. In testa al frontespizio: Università degli studi di Firenze, dottorato di ricerca in biosistematica ed ecologia vegetale, Scuola di dottorato Ubaldo Montelatici, ciclo XXV, coordinatore: Paolo Grossoni. Università degli studi di Firenze.

Ugolini F., Bussotti F., Lanini G.M., Raschi A., Tani C., Tognetti R. 2012. Leaf Gas Exchanges and Photosystem Efficiency of the Holm Oak in Urban Green Areas of Florence, Italy. Urban Forestry & Urban Greening 11, 313– 319.

Ugolini F., Raschi A. (2011). Offer and demand of e-learning with interest toward rural areas. Italian results from ‘e-ruralnet project’. Edulearn2011 Proceedings (4-6th July 2011). ISBN 978-84-615-0441-1.

Ugolini F., Raschi A. (2011). Risultati del sondaggio E-ruralnet: domanda e offerta di e-learning per le aree rurali (Atti del VIII Congresso SIEL 2011 Connessi! Scenari di Innovazione nella Formazione e nella Comunicazione. A cura di : Tommaso Minerva, Luigi Colazzo. ISBN: 9788895994765. © 2011 Edizioni Ledizioni LediPublishing. pp.893-902.

Wohlfahrt G., Anderson-Dunn M., Bahn M., Balzarolo M., BerningerF., Campbell C., Carrara A., Cescatti A., Christensen T., Dore S., Eugster W., Friborg T., Furger M., Gianelle D., Gimeno C., Hargreaves K., Hari P., Haslwanter A., Johansson T., Marcolla B., Milford C., Nagy Z., Nemitz E., Rogiers N., Sanz M.J., Siegwolf R.T.W., Susiluoto S., Sutton M, Tuba Z., Ugolini F., Valentini R., Zorer R., Cernusca A. (2008) Biotic, Abiotic, and Management Controls on the Net Ecosystem CO2 Exchange of European Mountain Grassland Ecosystems. Journal Ecosystems, Vol 11, n 8 pp. 1338-1351. ISSN1432-9840

Assam G.A.N. et al., (2007). Land Evaluation in the Shouyang County - Shanxi Province, China. Journal of Agriculture and Environment for International Development. Florence, IAO, Vol. 101, Num. 1-2, 3-183 pp. (ISSN 1590-7198).

Ongaro L., Tenerelli P., Ugolini F. (2006). Woodland cover planning and changes scenario in the Shouyang County (Shanxi province, China). In: Patterns and processes in forest landscapes. Consequences of human management. R. Lafortezza and G. Sanesi (eds.) © 2006 Accademia Italiana di Scienze Forestali. IUFRO 8.01.03 Landscape ecology

Ongaro L., Assam G., Barberis A., Calderon Vega M. F., Cimenti S., Feng W., Fiorillo E., He Y., Kascelan S., Mabruk M. A., Mattina D., Minelli S., Mtilk H., Tenerelli P., Ugolini F., Wang Y., Yan N., (2005) Land Evaluation in the Shouyang County- Shanxi province, China. 25th Course Professional Master “Geomatics and natural resources evaluation”.

Campbell C., Anderson-Dunn M., Sutton M., Nemitz E., Tang Y.S., Milford C., Hargeaves K., Levy P., Bayfield N., Love L., Ugolini F. (2004) Effects of land use changes on sources, sinks and fluxes of carbon in European mountain areas. CARBOMONT Periodic report. pp. 53.

Tenerelli P., Calderon Vega M.F., Ongaro L., Ramat G., Ugolini F. (2005) Scenario di conservazione della vegetazione naturale e riforestazione nella contea di Shouyang (Provincia di Shanxi, Cina) mediante l’uso di dati di osservazione della terra. Atti IX Conferenza Nazionale ASITA, Catania 15- 18 November 2005, Artestampa, Varese. pp. 1939-1944.

Raschi, A., Lanini, G.M., Ugolini, F., Sanità di Toppi, L., Bacci, L., Morabito, M., Tognetti, R., Bussotti, F. (2003). Ecophysiology of evergreen trees in the urban area of Florence. Fifth International Conference on Urban Climate, 15-19/03, Lodz, Poland.

Raschi A., Lanini G.M., Ugolini F., Sanità di Toppi L., Bacci L., Morabito M., Tognetti R., Bussotti F. (2003) Microclima ed ecofisiologia del leccio nelle aree verdi ed edificate della città di Firenze. IV Congresso Nazionale SISEF “Meridiani e Foreste”, Ottobre 2003, Potenza.

Raschi A., Lanini G.M., Ugolini F., Bacci L., Morabito M., Tognetti R., Bussotti F.(2003) La struttura fogliare del leccio in ambiente urbano. IV Congresso Nazionale SISEF “Meridiani e Foreste” , Potenza.

Bacci, L., Morabito, M., Raschi, A., Ugolini, F. (2003). Thermohygrometric conditions of some Urban parks of Florence (Italy) and their effects on human well-being. Fifth International Conference on Urban Climate, 15-19/03, Lodz, Poland.

Raschi, A., Ugolini, F., Lanini, M., Bacci, L., Morabito, M., Bussotti, F. (2002). Gas exchanges and water relations in Quercus ilex plants in the urban area of Florence. Conference on “Forestry serving Urbanized Societies”, Copenhagen.


Selected publications on didactic

Papageorgiou F., Kolovou E., Saridaki M., Ugolini F., Rossini G., Gosselin E., Zappella L., Giosma K., Panoriou E., Zevnik P., Honvári P. (2015). GUIDA PER I FACILITATORI D’APPRENDIMENTO INVOLEN. PRISMA, Atene e IBIMET-CNR, Firenze, Italia. ISBN: 978-88-95597-21-8

Papageorgiou F., Kolovou E., Saridaki M., Ugolini F., Rossini G., Gosselin E., Zappella L., Giosma K., Panoriou E., Zevnik P., Honvári P. (2015). KIT DI STRUMENTI PER LA METODOLOGIA INVOLEN. PRISMA, Atene e IBIMET-CNR, Firenze, Italia. ISBN: 978889559720.

Ugolini F., Massetti L. 2013. Teaching the carbon cycle using IBL in the secondary schools. In: Dincer I. Colpan C.O., Kadioglu F. (Eds.) Causes, Impacts and Solutions to Global Warming - 2013, XII, 942 Springer. p. 472. ISBN 978-1-4614-7588-0

Di Fabio A., Raschi A., Sebastiani L., Ugolini F., Palazzeschi L. (2012). Il progetto ACARISS: dalle conoscenze sull’ambiente e i rischi connessi all’inquinamento all’orientamento degli studenti. Counseling. Giornale Italiano di Ricerca e Applicazioni 5, 169-178.

Massetti L., Ugolini F., Raschi A. (2011) I segreti del Bossoleto e della Montagnola. Un ‘laboratorio’ di scienze all’aperto. Pubblicazione divulgativa. pp.26.

Ugolini F., Massetti L., Raschi A. (2011) Progetto di didattica scientifica sulle funzioni del bosco per la scuola primaria di San Piero in Frassino. Report finale di progetto . Prot.1435 del 29/08/2011.

Macario M., Ugolini F., Raschi A. (2010). Il progetto Carboschools: gli studenti europei lavorano in rete sui problemi del riscaldamento globale e dei cambiamenti climatici. Le Scienze Naturali nella scuola, ANISN vol. 39(1), p.19.

Ugolini F., Marandola D., Massetti L.,Tomassone M., Lanini M., Raschi A. (2009). Applied research on greenhouse effect and climate change at school. Global Conference on Global Warming Proceedings. (ISBN: 978-605-89885-1-4.) pp. 42-48.

Carboschools Consortium (2011). Third CarboSchools Educational Booklet: Global Change: from research to the classroom. http://www.carboeurope.org/education/booklet3.php


Carboschools Consortium (2009). Cosa abbiamo imparato, cosa ancora non conosciamo, che cosa dobbiamo fare per combattere il cambiamento climatico. Edizione in italiano. http://www.carboeurope.org/education/2nd_booklet_cs_ita.pdf